If you want to see how valuable a great high concept is, take a look at the low budget horror film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. It was made on a shoestring, but it’s gotten huge attention online thanks to its catchy premise: a dark retelling of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories (which, thankfully for the film, are now in the public domain) as a scary movie , with a grown-up Christopher Robin returning to the Hundred Acre Wood to find a Pooh who has taken very badly being abandoned by his childhood friend.
After trailers for the film got millions of views online, the small film from the director became Rhys Frake-Waterfield released in cinemas worldwide. Fathom Events will screen the film in US multiplexes on February 15, while other countries will get even more expansive theatrical releases.
And that’s not all, now that he’s stumbled upon this bankable concept of terrifying childhood favorites, Frake-Waterfield is working on making more of them. According to The Hollywood Reporterhe is at work on another sequel Blood and honey as well as another “twisted take on a children’s story with Peter Pan: Neverland Nightmare.
If you haven’t seen Blood and honey trailer yet, well you’re missing out. Here it is:
There are a seemingly endless number of these beloved childhood icons whose original works are slipping out of copyright (or could be parodied in a different enough way that you could probably get away with spoofing them in a horror context). Whose Blood and honeyThe release is going well, we could be in for many, many more films like that.
The most popular horror movies and where to stream them
If you’re looking for a classic to stream this Halloween, here’s where you can find them: