Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

After Christopher Robin abandons them for college, Pooh and Piglet embark on a bloody rampage as they search for a new source of food. – (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5% (Critics) / 49% (Audience)
Letterboxd Rating: 2.7 based on 434 ratings
Directed By: Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Written By: Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Starring: Nikolai Leon, Maria Taylor, Craig David Dowsett
Studio: Fathom Events

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

The Good:
The concept is amazing. Just the idea of A.A. Milne’s children’s book characters like Winnie the Pooh and Piglet butchering their way through the Hundred Acre Wood is hilariously demented and would be an awesome spectacle if pulled off well.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

The Bad:
Sadly, this germ of an idea is so poorly executed that it belies belief. There are 3 things that have to be done to make something like this work:

  • A decent budget and effects team to convincingly pull off live-action versions of these characters
  • Characters that the audience will give a damn about when Pooh and Piglet start murdering them
  • A sense of humor

This movie whiffed on all three points.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey karate chop

The budget was not enough to make Pooh and Piglet look believable so instead we got a couple of husky guys in overalls wearing mid-range Spirit Halloween masks.
The characters were paper thin. I couldn’t tell any of the women apart and Christopher Robin was such a whiny pill that I didn’t care what happened to him.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

And worst of all this movie had no sense of humor. You cannot make a film with this ridiculous premise and do it so grimly serious. This movie should’ve been a horror comedy not some riff on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I laughed at this movie not along with it…especially when it came to Winnie the Pooh’s deadly karate chop of doom that was one of the more nonsensical things in a move that was pretty much all nonsense. A good example of a smart way to do a movie like this is 2019’s The Banana Splits Movie that had its tongue set firmly in cheek (which was fitting for the characters being adapted) but still delivered as a horror movie.

I can’t see nuthin’

The Ugly:
I get having to be inventive when you have very little money to work with and understand that using shadows and darkness can help offset budget constraints in the way the final product looks. However, there were scenes in this movie that I couldn’t tell what the hell was going on because it was so damn dark.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey

Final Verdict: A wild premise that had the potential to be a fun and crazy ride but ended up being a big dud.

Loomis Rating: Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey gets 1 out of 4 Gun-Totin’ Dr. Loomis’

Gun-Totin’ Dr. Loomis’ rating

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