Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey trailer: watch teaser for new horror movie, age rating, and when is it out?

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey follows Pooh and Piglet as they go on a murderous rampage

After it was announced earlier this year, horror film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honeywent viral because of its dark reimagining of the childhood favourite characters Winnie the Pooh and Piglet as bloodthirsty monsters.

Interest in the film has spiked once again following the release of its first official trailer - and fans that are hoping to see Pooh and Piglet murder a bunch of people are in luck.

This is everything you need to know.

Has a trailer been released?

Jagged Edge Productions officially released the first trailer for Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey on Wednesday 31 August.

It begins with Christopher Robin and his fiancee going on a trek to find Pooh and Piglet, whom Christopher says were his “friends of many years”.

The new film turns Pooh and Piglet into killers (Photo: Jagged Edge Productions)

As the two make their way deeper into the woods, we see an eerie sign that reads “100 Acre Woods” written in blood.

It appears that, in Robin’s absence, Pooh and Piglet have gone feral, transforming into bloodthirsty monsters.

Robin and his fiancee are targeted by Pooh and Piglet, and from there the trailer descends into madness as we see a group of girls make their way to a holiday home and are attacked by the two creatures.

What is Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey?

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is an upcoming independent slasher film directed and written by Rhys Frake-Waterfield.

It tells the story of Pooh and Piglet after they become serial killers when Christopher Robin abandons them for college.

Talking to Variety, Waterfield says that Pooh and Piglet will be “the main villains… going on a rampage”.

A group of girls are terrorised in a holiday home by the two once-lovable characters (Photo: Jagged Edge Productions)

He said: “Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral.

“So they’ve got 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.”

He also told the Dread Central’s Development Hell podcast: “The story is meant to be that they’ve gone on this onslaught from being kind of enraged by what’s happened to Christopher… Pooh and Piglet experienced a drastic drop in food as Christopher grew up and over the years became increasingly hungry and feral.

Due to copyright, only Pooh and Piglet will be appearing in the film (Photo: Jagged Edge Productions)

“They had to resort to eating Eeyore and then Christopher returns with his wife to introduce her to his old friends, and when that happens they get enraged.

“When they see him, all of their hatred that they’ve built up over the years unleashes and they go on this rampage.”

While Waterfield hasn’t disclosed the budget for the slasher film, he said that audiences “shouldn’t be expecting this to be a Hollywood-level production”.

Isn’t this copyright infringement?

Actually no - production for the film began when the original Winnie the Pooh book became part of the public domain in the United States in January 2022, meaning that the Walt Disney Company no longer holds exclusive film rights to the characters first shown in the book.

It should be noted that Disney still retains the depictions of the characters from the 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which is why Winnie the Pooh and Piglet don’t quite look the same as you’re used to.

Production for the film began after the original Winnie the Pooh entered into the public domain (Photo: Jagged Edge Productions)

Disney also continues to own the rights to later characters, like Tigger.

During an appearance on Dread Central’s Development Hell podcast, Waterfield said: “We’ve tried to be extremely careful.

“We knew there was this line between that, and we know what their copyright was and what they’ve done.

“So we did as much as we could to make sure [the film] was only based on the 1926 version of it.”

What’s the age rating?

It’s been reported that Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey has an R rating, which is to be expected given the nature of the film.

For the most part, UK film classifications are, broadly, very similar to the US ones - G equals U, PG is PG, PG-13 is 12A and NC-17 is an 18.

The only difference is that the UK doesn’t really have an R rating equivalent.

Most R rated films get an age 15 rating in the UK.

When will it be released?

An exact release date for the film has not yet been announced, however Waterfield told Variety that “because of all the press and stuff, we’re just going to start expediting the edit and getting it through post production as fast as we can”.

An official release date has not yet been announced (Photo: Jagged Edge Production)

He added: “But also, making sure it’s still good. It’s gonna be a high priority.”