Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 parents guide: Is the film okay for kids to watch?

This controversial horror reimagining of the children's storybook character is out in theaters now for a limited release.

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We all know the beloved children's story character Winnie The Pooh, the beloved bear that has graced our screens and books for decades upon decades. A new film titled Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 is in theaters starting on Mar. 26 and will screen through the Mar. 28 in select theaters. While Winnie The Pooh has indeed returned to the screen, he's not as warm, friendly, and cuddly as we all usually know him to be.

The new film Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 is a horror reimagining of the A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard books which had entered into the public domain in 2022. Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 serves as the sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey which was released in 2023. While it wasn't positively reviewed by critics, it did make a substantial dent in the box office by grossing $5.2 million worldwide against a very low budget of $100,000. The two films are apart of filmmaker Rhys Frake-Waterfield's 'The Twisted Childhood Universe', which brings famed children's storybook characters to the horror genre through reimagined storylines. Featured character include Bambi, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio.

The premise of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 depicts a story of revenge. After Christopher Robin reveals the existence of Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Owl and Tigger, the group head to the town of Ashdown to wreak havoc on the town.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2's cast includes Scott Chambers as Christopher Robin, Tallulah Evans as Lexy, Ryan Oliva as Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter DeSouza-Feighoney as Young Winnie-the-Pooh, Eddy MacKenzie as Piglet, Lewis Santer as Tigger, Marcus Massey as Owl, and Simon Callow (Shakespeare in Love) as Cavendish.

So, now that you know a bit more about the movie, you might be wondering if Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 is okay for you and your family to watch. If you're interested in finding out, there's only one way to know! Read on below to find out why the independent slasher film Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 is not suitable for kids.

Why Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 is not suitable for kids

Sex & nudity: In the film, one of the character's top comes off as she's being attacked. There's also a scene where a young woman is in a bikini posing for pictures in a hot tub.

Violence & gore: Violence and gore are central to this film. Winnie-the-Pooh Blood and Honey 2 features many scenes filled with graphic violence and death. Without going into too much detail, viewers will see a woman get her face mauled and we hear a ton of screaming in the film. While this is not a graphic scene, one of the characters young man is killed by Pooh, sending a swarm of bees to attack him to death. The list goes on and on but you get the gist; This film is very graphic and bloody.

Language: There are uses of profanity in this film, specifically the 'f' word is said multiple times.

Drinking & drugs: Since this is a film geared towards an adult audience, you can probably guess that there may be some drugs or drinking involved. Drugs are discussed in the film but not ingested on screen. Viewers will see that a character mentions drugs after two girls try to tell them that Pooh is after them.

Want to get a glimpse of what to expect in the movie? You can view the exclusive trailer on IGN's official YouTube channel below:

Overall verdict: Who is Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 appropriate for?

It's safe to say that children under the age of 17 are not recommended to see this film. Additionally, while this film geared towards adult viewers, but many of the scenes that involve graphic violence might also be distressing to people outside of the targeted audience. It's definitely a film that leans into the classic slasher/horror movie tropes and capitalizes off of people knowing the characters in the film from their youth. While horror is a genre that extends beyond adult audiences, it would be best to wait until your young ones are older to show them the film.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 arrives in theaters on Mar. 26 and will screen through the Mar. 28 in select theaters.

What do you think of Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2? Have you seen the first Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey? Keep up to date with The Parent Watch for more parents guides just like this one!

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