The Week in Horror: ‘ Winnie The Pooh’, ‘Cube’, ‘Beast’, + more!

This week’s horror news is a veritable animal menagerie, with rabid lions, a rabid St Bernard, and a certain honey-loving bear and piglet. Check it all out!

The 1997 Canadian thriller Cube from Vincenzo Natali saw a Japanese remake last year, and it looks like Lionsgate is also working on a modern take on the franchise. The studio had been kicking around a project entitled Cubed from Saman Kesh (Doors) and writer Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), but that seems to have been scrapped as Bloody Disgusting reports that Lionsgate is now taking pitches for a new one. Either way, I’m always down for some more Cube action, and it looks like Lionsgate is also trying to bring back both the Leprechaun and Blair Witch franchises. The 90’s, so hot right now.

Emma Roberts stars in a new thriller called Abandoned, which has a new trailer this week. The movie is directed by Spencer Squire and stars Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., Paul Schneider, and Michael Shannon.

Abandoned portrays “the sharply intense lives of Sara, her husband Alex, and their infant son as they move into a remote farmhouse, which harbors a dark, tragic history,” reads the synopsis. “As their home’s past is revealed, the mother’s fragility escalates to a state of psychosis that jeopardizes her own safety and that of her newborn son.”

Check out the trailer here, ahead of Abandoned’s theatrical release on June 17.

Stephen King appeared on the Loser’s Club Podcast from Bloody Disgusting this week and dropped a big scoop while he was there. Apparently the prolific horror icon has a new novella called Rattlesnakes ready to publish, and the big news is that it’s a sequel to his 1981 canine classic, Cujo. In the author’s words, “I just wrote a long story called Rattlesnakes. And it involves, at one part, twins who are only four years old… falling into a rattlesnake pit. And the snakes get ’em. It’s a terrible scene…This novella that I’ve just written, Rattlesnakes… is actually a sequel to Cujo.”

We still don’t know the connection between that story and everyone’s favourite rabid St. Bernard, but fans of that classic, myself included, are happy that the Cujoverse will continue.

If you were as online as I was last week, you probably already heard something about the first entry into the, yes, Winnie the Pooh universe since that property entered the public domain in January. Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey will portray “Pooh and Piglet as “the main villains…going on a rampage” after being ditched by Christopher Robin when he heads off to college. Says director Rhys Waterfield to Variety, “Christopher Robin is pulled away from them, and he’s not [given] them food, it’s made Pooh and Piglet’s life quite difficult. Because they’ve had to fend for themselves so much, they’ve essentially become feral, so they’ve gone back to their animal roots. They’re no longer tame: they’re like a vicious bear and pig who want to go around and try and find prey.”

The director is clear that the film is based on his interpretation of the original A.A. Milne property, which has entered the public domain this year alongside Felix Sater’s Bambi, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, and numerous other works. As with Bambi, Disney still has their paws on their depictions of Pooh, Piglet, and the rest, so don’t expect this version to have that iconic red shirt and, refreshingly, he does seem to wear pants in this one.

Check out these images from Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey, and you can bet we’ll have more details on this one as we get them.

Whether it’s sharks, or bears, or even crocodiles, I’m a sucker for a good animal-based horror, and this week’s reveal of the trailer for Beast, starring Idris Elba and an ornery lion (!!) looks to satisfy in a big way. Beast is directed by Baltasar Kormákur and stars Elba, Iyana Halley, and Leah Sava Jeffries.

In Beast, “A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the savannah has but one apex predator. Dr. Nate Samuels (Elba), a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters to a game reserve. But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them.”

Hell yes, I’m in for all of that. Check out this trailer and steel your nerves for Beast‘s theatrical release on August 19!

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