Review: Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey
Now feral and bloodthirsty, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet terrorize Christopher Robin and a group of young women at a remote house.
Craig David-Dowsett, Chris Cordell, Amber Doig-Thorne, Natasha Tosini
Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey had so much potential. With an extremely limited theatrical release (at least over in the UK) it was difficult to get out and see this film in theatres immediately upon release, but with it finally being out on digital HD for everyone to see, us at Screened finally got a chance to see it…
I was hoping for a fun film: maybe not one that held much weight in terms of objectivity, but one that could at least be enjoyed. It’s quite literally a film about a killer Winnie the Pooh; if you seriously manage to fumble a premise as funny and unique as that, then there’s truly something wrong behind the camera. You could craft such a golden, self aware, hilariously brutal screenplay from that concept alone with time and effort put in to it, but what we get instead is a film so serious about itself and its premise that the majority of it falls flat.
It’s almost impossible to compliment this monstrosity, but I’ll attempt to as well as I can. First of all, it’s kills are far and wide the best part of the entire thing—they’re gory, well done practically, and generally cool to watch for anyone who loves a good horror flick or effective movie death. Plus, there are a few shots that I found to be quite nice to look at, it’s rare, but sometimes Blood and Honey does contain the odd piece of eerie lighting and interesting framing.
Unfortunately, that’s about all the positives I can give it…
The film is jam packed with awful editing, continuity errors, terrible writing, and some of the worst acting I have seen in a horror movie—which is an incredibly high statement to make as a fan of a genre which is full of it. For some reason, everything looks off, whether it be the odd aspect ratio used that makes everything look so artificial or the usually horrifically bad cinematography.
It’s graded so poorly that the whole film feels cheaply made (which it clearly is, although that’s not an excuse for a bad product when some of the greatest films of all time are made with minimalist budgets) with its generic look, and the designs aren’t even funny, they just look bad. Perhaps that’s too basic of an adjective to use here, but I’m seriously running out of synonyms to use to describe how truly awful this movie is. These “creatures” as they’re called in the film are blatantly just men standing around in masks and doesn’t work whatsoever. It consistently pulls you out of this already dreadful experience, and piles on to the utterly unbelievable decisions made by the crew behind it.