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"Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" Team Unites Pooh, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty & More in Horror Crossover Movie


Tue 19 Mar 2024 | 01:51 PM
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Six years after “Avengers: Infinity War,” another movie is vying to become the most ambitious crossover event in history, this time in the lower-budget cinematic realm.

The filmmakers behind “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” — the micro-budget slasher that sparked headlines for transforming A. A. Milne’s jovial bear into a feral serial killer — have unveiled “Poohniverse: Monsters Assemble”, bringing together Pooh and various other beloved children’s characters gone bad.

Where “Avengers: Infinity War” had Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther and Thanos, “Poohniverse” — from prolific horror collaborators Jagged Edge Productions and ITN Studios — will team Winnie the Pooh with murderous versions of figures including Bambi, Tinkerbell, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Tigger, Piglet, The Mad Hatter and Sleeping Beauty for an IP-bludgeoning frenzy due for release in 2025. 

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“As horror fans, we would love an Avengers that is all villains,” explained actor-producer Scott Chambers, who leads Jagged Edge. “It’d have Freddy Krueger, Jason, ‘Halloween,’ ‘Scream,’ all of those. Obviously, that will never happen, but we can make it happen in our own little way, and that’s where this film has been born.”

Many of the characters set to appear in “Poohniverse” will first feature in standalone movies coming this year and falling under Jagged Edge’s version of the MCU, the Twisted Childhood Universe. 

Among them are “Bambi: The Reckoning,” “Peter Pan’s Neverland Nightmare” and “Pinocchio Unstrung,” plus last year’s “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” and its sequel “Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2,” which is being released theatrically in the U.S. on March 26. The upcoming movies will include various easter eggs linking them toward the upcoming horrifying crossover.

“We’ve got access to all these concepts so it’s like a self-contained bubble and we can do what we want with them,” says Rhys Jake-Waterfield, who directed “Blood and Honey” and “Blood and Honey 2,” and will helm “Poohniverse.” “So yeah, it’s really exciting.”

While the loose plot for “Poohniverse” will see the monsters team up to take on the survivors from the previous movies, there won’t be harmony within the ranks of the murderous ensemble, allowing for what Chambers describes as “carnage within the group” and “epic sequences of monster vs. monster.”

The verse features Chambers returning as Christopher Robin, Megan Plactio as Wendy Darling, Roxanne Mckee as Xana, and Lewis Santer as Tigger.  

“Poohniverse: Monsters Assemble” is a Jagged Edge Production with ITN Studios and Premiere Entertainment handling sales. Stuart Alson and Nicole Holland will serve as executive producers for ITN.

“Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2,” from ITN Studios and Jagged Edge, will be released in cinemas on March 26, 27, and 28 by Fathom Events.