“Bambi will be a vicious killing machine”: Beloved Disney Character Bambi the Deer to Get a Horror Remake in Upcoming Film

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If the original Disney movie Bambi (1942) is not disturbing enough for young audiences, then this upcoming horror film featuring fans’ beloved deer turning into a killing machine would not make viewers flinch. Yes, Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey director Rhys Frake-Waterfield is here to make people relieve that trauma.

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Disney’s Bambi (1942)

In the original movie, Bambi witnessed the death of his mother. That was probably the most depressing scene in any Disney film. Afterward, the young deer mourns, meets other woodland animals, and deals with human hunters. Many adaptations have also been created both for TV and stage, with the upcoming one as the latest.

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Upcoming Horror Bambi Film Is Here To Traumatize Viewers Again

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Campfire scene at the end of the movie

In a report from Dread Central, Frake-Waterfield is currently developing a horror-themed remake. His works are known for bringing darkness and gore into people’s favorite childhood stories. ITN Studios and Jagged Edge Productions will serve as producers. Scott Jeffrey, who will work side-by-side Frake-Waterfield, said:

The film will be an incredibly dark retelling of the 1928 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!

The horror take on the film works perfectly well and blends seamlessly with the original movie’s ending. The horrifying scene where the poor deer and his friends try to flee a campfire sets up a darker, much sinister potential spin-off. The trauma that he had experienced throughout his life would justify the madness that would arise from the inside.

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Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds First Pitched Horror Bambi

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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

Jeffrey’s description of the character becoming a “vicious killing machine” serves as a good sequel, although everyone knows Disney will not allow it. This is not the first time, though, that Bambi has been suggested for a horror remake.

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds once pitched the idea of a crossover between Disney’s Bambi and the Marvel character. The short film will find Deadpool interviewing the culprit that killed Bambi’s mother, and would later confess that he’s a huge fan. Of course, the idea was declined.

The upcoming film, Bambi: The Reckoning, will be inspired by The Ritual, as mentioned by Jeffrey. It is an underrated Netflix horror movie directed by David Bruckner that scared the hell out of people in 2017. This hint excited fans, and if the team could bring that kind of atmosphere into the Bambi movie, then it’s going to be a massive hit.


Source: Screen Rant

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