Winnie the Pooh enters the Public Domain


Aynsleigh Penland

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Sasha Kaiser, Features Writer

The Winnie the Pooh” franchise has been recently released into the public domain, meaning anyone can do anything with it, even turning this childhood favorite into a brutal slasher. Yes, the movie, “Winnie the Pooh Blood and Honey” is a real thing and was released in theaters this February. It received major backlash from hardcore “Winnie the Pooh” fans, but it also gained a lot of support from horror fans. 

This movie is a prime example of low-budget horror. With a budget of less than $100,000, the movie gained $3.4 million at the box office. There’s not much risk involved with making movies like this. These movies are cheaply made and garner a lot of bad or good attention, so people will be sure to watch them, even out of hate. Any press is good press, and the director Rhys Waterfield seems to agree. He has also revealed a new movie called, “Bambi: the Reckoning”

 about Bambi exacting revenge on the human race. Which, of course, sounds amazingly awful.

The trend of childhood character horror films didn’t start with this movie. The most notable was the “The Banana Splits” movie released in 2019, which was based on the popular 1960s children’s show. “The Mean One,” a Grinch horror film, was also released last year around Christmas time. Although this doesn’t seem to be a huge trend yet, we may be seeing it take off soon.

 It seems like after the success of this evil Winnie the Pooh, Waterfield shows no signs of stopping. It’s only a matter of time until one of your favorites gets the serial killer treatment. My only hope is that maybe we can finally get a Barney horror movie since I’ve always been terrified of him.