While Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey is doing very well at the box office, this signifies bad news for one recent trend in horror movies.
WARNING! This article contains SPOILERS for Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and HoneyWinnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey‘s box office success is actually bad news for one recent horror film trend. The film has become a huge success worldwide, earning a total of $2.7 million within two weeks of its release (per Screen Rant). This figure is even more relevant considering that Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey‘s budget was just $100,000, making its revenue from such a significant box office number even more important and promising for the future. In fact, a second installment of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey is reportedly already in the works.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey rewrites a classic children’s story in the context of a horror film, turning a beloved childhood icon into a horror film villain. With 15 deaths in Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey, the film certainly takes a different turn compared to the original story that many will be familiar with from childhood. As such, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey centers Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet in the role of bloodthirsty murderers who terrorize the lives of four young college women and a now-adult Christopher Robin who the anthropomorphic creatures met in his childhood.
Blood & Honey’s Box Office Success Means More Children’s Stories Will Be Adapted For Horror
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey’ box office hit confirms an ongoing trend within Disney’s upcoming predictions. It is definitely safe to say that Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey is an indication that horror adaptations of beloved children’s stories will become even more popular in Disney’s future. In fact, the box office success of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey means that other popular children’s stories may be adapted for horror as well. Blood & Honey continues a Disney trend regarding horror film productions, one that its success at the box office cannot help but reinforce.
There are similar horror films that have already been announced. From Rhys Frake-Waterfield, the director of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey, there will soon be another beloved children’s story turned into a horror film: Peter Pan: Neverland Nightmare. The latter will re-imagine the classical story with a twist that sees Peter Pan as the villain. Similarly, one of the producers from Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey will direct Bambi: The Reckoning, a horror film that will turn Bambi into a vicious killing machine. Both upcoming films will take Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey’s premise and apply it to other beloved and iconic children’s stories.
How Adapting Children’s Stories Became The Latest Horror Trend
As mentioned, it seems that adapting children’s stories to the horror genre has become the latest trend for horror films. While the success of Blood & Honey is great news for Disney, it is also meaningful for the future of the horror genre. However, it is admittedly hard to predict how long trends may last. While the twist of turning an iconic children’s character into a murderous villain for Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey admittedly worked looking at the box office numbers, it is hard to know whether this trend will be successful and work in the future for the horror film genre.
The success of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey will perhaps encourage even more adaptations of the sort, other than the ones that have already been announced, such as the sequel to the box office hit Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey 2, in which Tigger may enter the Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. This, however, may mean that these horror adaptations may soon lose their originality, which is perhaps one of the reasons why Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey did so well at the box office, to begin with. Admittedly, such a concept, while interesting to see, may soon become predictable and perhaps redundant.