Disney classic 'Bambi' getting a childhood-ruining horror reimagining, Deer to become a 'vicious killing machine'

Disney classic 'Bambi' getting a childhood-ruining horror reimagining, Deer to become a 'vicious killing machine'
A still from the 1942 movie 'Bambi' (Disney)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A disturbing cinematic trend seems to have taken over Hollywood where aspiring filmmakers and creators ruin a lot of childhoods by turning extraordinarily cherished work into horrifying horror films. A few months after it was announced that Winnie the Pooh, one of the most beloved characters created by Disney, and Piglet will turn into ruthless killers in the upcoming movie ‘Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey’, another classic Disney character is set to get the same horror treatment and it’s undoubtedly going to make a lot of people scream their hearts out. Filmmakers behind the aforementioned movie have announced that they will be making a horror movie that will primarily focus on the beloved deer ‘Bambi’.

Yes, you heard it right. The cute-looking deer will now be killing people in the upcoming horror project and makes life miserable for everyone who has fond memories of the 1942 classic. The original ‘Bambi’ is considered to be one of the saddest animation projects created by Disney, but it is also one of the most cherished. The movie received three Oscar nominations and earned more than $267 million globally on a production budget of just $858,000.

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A still from 'Bambi' (Disney)
A still from 'Bambi' (Disney)

 

Rhys Frake-Waterfield, who is known for producing, writing, and directing horror movies in the recent past, confirmed the news of the upcoming project in an interview with Dread Central and noted it will be interesting to tackle such a challenging character. On the other hand, he also noted that the movie, titled ‘Bambi: The Reckoning’, will be an “incredibly dark retelling” of the story that everybody knows and loves.

He added, “The film will be an incredibly dark retelling of the story we all know and love. Finding inspiration from the design used in Netflix's The Ritual, Bambi will be a vicious killing machine that lurks in the wilderness. Prepare for Bambi on rabies!”

For the uninitiated, ‘The Ritual’ is a British horror film by David Bruckner that was released in 2017 on Netflix. The movie primarily focused on four friends who were going on a hike to honor one of their friend’s memories. However, things start to get downhill once one of the hikers gets injured and they are forced to change their path to complete the hike. The group of friends enters a forest where they see symbols carved on trees and a gutted elk hanging from the branches. Soon they find out that there’s a creature in the forest that kills everyone who tries to enter the area. The movie received positive reviews from critics and also became a fan favorite. However, the movie was not based on any classic character and neither had a lot of history.

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A still from 'Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey' (Attitude Film Distribution)
A still from 'Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey' (Attitude Film Distribution)

 

Meanwhile, Waterfield would have to think a lot about how the deer will look in the film because he is not allowed to use any elements from Disney and can’t even use the character’s prototype.

The success of ‘Winnie The Pooh: Bloody and Honey’ would also play a big factor in the movie’s release. If ‘Blood and Honey’ turned out to be a hit among viewers, it might encourage Waterfield to work on more such projects and tell a story that no one imagined in a million years.

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