Winnie the Pooh horror film director ‘received death threats’
It’s the horror movie us creepy fans didn’t know we needed. This year saw the release of Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, a dramatic and gory retelling of the heartwarming children’s books and television shows. In this twisted adaptation, Pooh has been dumped by Christopher Robin, so (naturally) he, Piglet and Tigger go berserk. Fans have called him a “childhood ruiner” and the film’s director Rhys Frake-Waterfield has claimed that viewers have maliciously attacked him.
Frake-Waterfield is a British director who has just made his debut with the adaptation of Winnie the Pooh. But he didn’t expect this kind of reaction.
In a new interview with AFP (via msn), the filmmaker revealed that some fans and viewers even threatened the star.
He said: “Look, this is mental, I’ve had requests to stop it. I’ve received death threats.” The young director added: “I’ve had people say they called the police.”
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 was recently announced at the end of January. The news came from the film’s Twitter account, which posted a poster with the caption: “More blood. More honey. #WinnieThePooh2.”
Frake-Waterfield has also reportedly “started work” on similarly creepy adaptations of Peter Pan and Bambi.
The English director has confessed that the producers are essentially giving him money to create more films.
“One person literally yesterday said, ‘You want a million to make a movie? Just tell me the concept and we’ll go ahead with it,'” he confessed. “That’s very hard to get. It’s hard to get funding for any movie, but people are starting to really try and get involved.”
Meanwhile, Twitter is full of people criticizing the movie’s use of classic cute characters in heartbreaking situations.
One blared: “Winnie the Pooh was my childhood show and I feel like if I see that movie I’ll cry.”
Another agreed: “Santa Claus is ruined, Christmas is ruined, Halloween is ruined a bit, and now Winnie-the-Pooh has to be ruined. Why not ruin all our childhood enjoyment in one fell swoop? Every single character in cartoon or children’s story ever created or written.
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey is in select theaters now.
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