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"Movie Poster," Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, directed by Rhys Frake-Waterfield, 2024, (Fathom Events)

“Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey 2” moves beyond the shock value of a murderous childhood icon and tries to add depth to its characters.


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Plot Summary

It’s been a year since the 100 Acre Massacre, and nearly the whole town of Ashdown, sans Christopher’s friend Lexy, thinks he killed everyone. Christopher maintains his innocence, and thankfully there isn’t enough evidence to put him away. However, as Owl, Winnie-The-Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger begin to leave the woods and kill locals, soon, everyone will know who committed the crimes in the woods.

All the while, Christopher learns the origins of Winnie-The-Pooh and his friends.

Movie poster featuring Pooh Bear with a weapon

Character Guide

Character’s Name Actor’s Name
Christopher Robin Scott Chambers
Lexy Tallulah Evans
Winnie-The-Pooh Ryan Oliva
Piglet Eddy MacKenzie
Tigger Lewis Santer
Owl Marcus Massey

Character Description(s)

Christopher Robin

At one time, Christopher Robin had a normal and unremarkable life. He was raised in a two-parent household, now has a little sister, and has a potentially stable job in the medical field. However, after the 100-acre massacre, his life has been upended, and he finds himself going to therapy regularly to unlock his trauma while dealing with the small-town rumors that he is a murderer.

Lexy

Lexy is Christopher’s closest friend, maybe even someone who likes him, and she is perhaps one of the few who hasn’t distanced herself from him, despite what the whole town says.

Winnie-The-Pooh

The king of the 100-acre Woods, Winnie-The-Pooh, doesn’t speak much now and didn’t when he was a teenager either. However, his penchant for violence has grown exponentially, and what doesn’t help is Owl planting ideas in his ear.

Piglet

Like Pooh, Piglet barely talks but is notably violent. But unlike Pooh, Piglet is a bit easier to take on one-on-one—well, if you have a weapon.

Tigger

The newest “Blood and Honey” franchise member is a big-time talker. Note that he is as violent as the rest but also likes to taunt, curse, and vocalize how much of a psycho he is.

Owl

Owl, like Tigger, is far more vocal than Piglet and Pooh. Alongside taunting prey like Tigger, Owl is also an advisor to Pooh and is the one who pushes him from just guarding the 100-acre woods to venturing out and killing locals to protect his kind.

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Notable Performances or Moments

It Is So Gruesome At Times

With the last “SaW” film disappointing, “Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey II” more than compensated. From skulls being caved in, so many decapitations, and just utterly gruesome scenes that make the idea of eating while watching this not advisable, I got what I needed as a fan of horror with gore. Heck, maybe far more than I needed.

Highlights

Leaving Behind The Shock Value Of Using A Childhood Icon, And Trying To Make It Something More

When the first “Blood and Honey” came out, It was all about a violent take on a children’s cartoon, and this universe writer and director Rhys Frake-Waterfield said they were going to build. Now, easily you could imagine anyone who made $5.2 million on a movie with only a $100,000 budget to double down and potentially be lazy, for they have something that could easily make back its budget and then some.

However, Frake-Waterfield and co-writer Matt Leslie don’t take that road. Instead, as they craft the origin story of Pooh Bear and the others, they create something with intrigue. They push the idea that Christopher Robin’s connection with Pooh is far deeper than what the cartoons and storybook depicted, and you can see Frake-Waterfield and Leslie knew how to keep people interested and how to grow this franchise. They couldn’t rest on the work of A.A. Milne and Disney forever. If they are going to utilize this property as a public domain entity, they had to go beyond masks that reminded you of the Cowardly Lion from “The Wizard of Oz” and horror tropes like excessive violence and women in skimpy clothing.

And I will say, while the film may not go as deep as you may want into Frake-Waterfield and Leslie’s take on what led to Pooh and his friends becoming as they are, there is always a third movie to fill in the gaps.

On The Fence

Christopher’s Friends & Family

I would submit that the time it took to establish Christopher’s parents and sister, push the idea that Lexy could be a love interest, and then add in Lexy and Christopher’s friends isn’t utilized in a way that benefits the film. Is it good to establish them? Yes. However, with the origin story of Pooh and the rest introduced, it is unfortunate that a notable amount of time is spent on people who end up being killed off by the end of the movie.

Background Information

Film Length 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Date Released March 26, 2024
Where To Watch In Theaters
Director(s) Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Writer(s) Rhys Frake-Waterfield, Matt Leslie
Based On Work By A.A. Milne
Genre(s) Drama

Fantasy

Horror

Young Adult

Content Rating Not Rated

Content Information

  • Dialog: Discriminatory Language, Cursing
  • Violence: Gun Violence, Violence Against Animals, Dismemberment, Blood, Torture, Notable Fight Scenes
  • Sexual Content: Nudity
  • Miscellaneous: Depiction of Corpses, Body Horror, Drinking, Vomiting

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Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 (2024) Movie Review

Summary

Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)

“Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey 2” seems to take note of films such as “Friday the 13th” and desires to present not just a horror slasher with notable violence but also create a tragic figure whose violence may not be justifiable but whose story is unquestionably unfortunate.

Overall
81%
81%
  • Christopher’s Friends & Family - 73%
    73%
  • Leaving Behind The Shock Value Of Using A Childhood Icon, And Trying To Make It Something More - 83%
    83%
  • It Is So Gruesome At Times - 86%
    86%

Highlight(s)

  • It Is So Gruesome At Times
  • Leaving Behind The Shock Value Of Using A Childhood Icon And Trying To Make It Something More

Disputable

  • Christopher’s Friends & Family

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