‘Prepare for Bambi on rabies!’ Beloved fawn to become killer in new horror

<span>Photograph: Entertainment Pictures/Alamy</span>
Photograph: Entertainment Pictures/Alamy

Many childhoods have already been traumatised by Bambi, the classic Disney animation about a young fawn whose mother is murdered. Now, two film-makers are seeking to continue the upset for adults, with a sinister remake which rethinks Bambi as a “vicious killing machine”.

Scott Jeffrey, the director responsible for work such as The Curse of Humpty Dumpty and The Bad Nun, has said he will team up with Rhys Frake-Waterfield, who wrote and directed forthcoming slasher film Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, for a new version of Felix Salten’s novel.

“The film will be an incredibly dark retelling of the 1928 story we all know and love,” Jeffrey told Dread Central. “Bambi will be a vicious killing machine that lurks in the wilderness. Prepare for Bambi on rabies!”

Bambi: The Reckoning, which is scheduled for release around Valentine’s Day next year, was reportedly inspired by Netflix horror The Ritual, about four men tormented by a mysterious creature on a woodland hiking trip.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey imagines Pooh and Piglet turning feral after being abandoned by a college-bound Christopher Robin.