A horror movie remake of classic kids cartoon Winnie the Pooh is in the works and the gory trailer has left fans utterly horrified.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is set to be a dark spin of the classic animated series, which sees the beloved characters transformed in murderous slasher maniacs.
Not to be confused with the Disney's jolly, honey-guzzling version of the yellow bear, director Rhys Frake-Waterfield’s take sees Pooh and Piglet go on a violent rampage after Christopher Robin abandons them to go to college.
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Christopher is seen bringing his fiancé on his first venture back to his childhood stomping grounds, where he’s certain the friends he abandoned are excitedly awaiting his return.
"They've gone back to their animal roots. They're no longer tame, they're like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try and find prey," said Rhys.
And people on Twitter were just as freaked out by the new film, with one user saying the movie would ruin someone’s childhood. They remarked: "I have a cousin who is a huge winnie the pooh fan and seeing this trailer to her, oh boy it's gonna ruin her childhood forever."
Another blasted: “this movie should be banned! and deleted!”
A third added: “Let there be no wondering why kids are turning into monsters.”
The movie tells the tale of Winnie's friend, Christopher Robin, returning to The Hundred Acre Wood to find his stuffed animal BFF and Pooh's pals missing. Things quickly take a turn for the worse, and all hell breaks loose.
Graphic scenes of murder ensure, as they are seen stalking their victims, torturing them and slashing them to death with axes.
Director Rhys told TMZ: “It’s a bit like marmite. People absolutely loving it and saying it’s the best thing ever and other people saying I’m destroying their lives.”
Producer Scott Jeffrey added: “Those Winnie the Pooh fans can keep what they’ve already got.
“This for different type of people who want a different type of Winnie so if you’re not into it you don’t have to watch it.”
Winnie the Pooh entered the public domain at the start of 2022, opening it up to creators to do with it as they wish, so long as their creations don't borrow story and character elements from Disney.
This is why Pooh doesn't have a red shirt in the movie and why Tigger doesn't appear, because he is still protected under copyright.
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