Rhys Waterfield wrote and directed the action-horror movie “Cubby.” In it, the fat little cubby and his best friend go back to being animals to get food and stay alive.
Blood and Honey were shot over 10 days in England’s Ashdown Forest, which was the setting for Milne’s original book series. However, only Pooh Bear, Piglet, and Eeyore’s graves can be seen in the movie, so fans shouldn’t expect to see all of their furry friends.
Post-production work on the movie has picked up since stills from it went viral. Here is all the information you need.
The original “Winnie the Pooh” stories by A.A. Milne have only been in the public domain for five months, but the chubby little bear has already been in slasher movies.
“Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” just finished filming this month, and the first stills of a demonic Pooh and Piglet are about to attack a young woman in a hot tub while she is only wearing a bikini have already set the internet on fire.
In an interview with Variety, director Rhys Waterfield said that the response to the stills has been “absolutely crazy.” He is in the post-production process for four other movies, including “Firenado” and “Demonic Christmas Tree.”
“Because of all the press and stuff, we’re just going to speed up the edit and get it through post-production as quickly as we can,” said Waterfield. “But also, make sure it’s still good. It will be very important.”
Pooh and Piglet will be “the major villains…going on a rampage” after being abandoned by a college-bound Christopher Robin, says Waterfield, who also wrote and co-produced the picture. “Christopher Robin has been whisked away from Pooh and Piglet, and he hasn’t fed them.
“They’ve gotten savage from having to fend for themselves so much,” Waterfield said. “They’ve reverted to animal ways. They’re like a bear and pig who desire to hunt.”
The film was filmed in 10 days in England, in Ashdown Forest, which inspired Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood. Waterfield refused to give the film’s budget but said moviegoers “shouldn’t anticipate Hollywood-level production.” ITN Studios will distribute the picture that Waterfield co-produced with Scott Jeffrey (release date is TBD).
Waterfield’s hardest issue was mixing terror and humor given the topic. When making a picture with a strange theme, it’s simple to make nothing terrifying and everything absurd and foolish. We wanted to compromise.”
Waterfield described the still (above) of a female resting in a jacuzzi with Pooh and Piglet close. Pooh and Piglet emerge behind her, chloroform her, and drive a vehicle over her head, Waterfield alleged. “It’s terrifying, but there are also humorous parts, like Winnie the Pooh driving with his ears behind the wheel to murder her.”
With all the exposure, the biggest issue is whether Disney will comment on “Blood and Honey.” Milne’s early tales are out of copyright, but Disney has exclusive usage of Pooh and his buddies. Waterfield: “We’ve been cautious” “We realized there was a boundary between that and what they’d done with their copyright. So we made sure [the picture] was based on the 1926 original.”
Waterfield’s Pooh Bear wears a lumberjack costume and Piglet is black. Tigger and other characters with copyright won’t appear, although Pooh and Piglet devour Eeyore’s gravestone in one scene.
No one will mistake it for Disney, Waterfield added. “When you see the cover, trailers, and stills, no one will realize this is a kid’s version.”
Who’s In The Movie?
Unknown budget, tiny cast, and crew.
Craig David Dowsett plays Winnie and Chris Cordell plays Piglet in Jagged Edge Productions’ 14-person film.
Dowsett has only appeared in two movies, Alien Abduction and Plaguepits, although he stays concealed behind the Winnie the Pooh mask in the forthcoming film.
Chris Cordell has starred in 20 horror films during the last three years. He’s recognized for Spider and Gifted Pain.
Amber is a trained actor, presenter, and host with a BSc in theoretical physics. Amber is renowned for The Seven, Intervention, and Heropanti 2. In 2020, she received Best Actress at Falcon International Film Festival for NewBorn.
Danielle Scott is a British actress who played the mauled lady in Blood and Honey. Scott co-starred alongside Cordell in Spider from the Attic.
Blood and Honey is just Maria Taylor’s second film. Perfectly Frank is her forthcoming 50s-60s musical.
What Does The Filmmaker Think About Disney Copyright And Plot?
Although copyright rules no longer apply to A.A. Milne’s early Winnie the Pooh tales, Disney holds exclusive rights to Tigger, Piglet, and the Hundred-Acre Wood group.
Rhys Waterfield, the film’s director, and writer told Variety about the risks they took.
“We’ve been cautious,” he remarked.
We knew there was a line, and we understood their copyright and what they’d done, so we did all we could to base [the picture] on the 1926 version.