Rhys Frake-Waterfield
Rhys Frake-Waterfield in January 2023, promoting Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey
Rhys Frake-Waterfield

Alma materUniversity of Essex (BS, BEc)[citation needed]
  • Director
  • producer
  • writer
  • editor
Years active2021–present

Rhys Frake-Waterfield (born 1991 or 1992)[1] is a British filmmaker who became known for his 2023 independent horror film Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey and its 2024 sequel. It was the first theatrical film of his career, as well as the first for his production company, Jagged Edge Productions.


In 2021, Frake-Waterfield left his job at EDF Energy to create low-budget horror films.[2] After entering the film industry, he produced 36 feature films in two years.[3]

On 1 January 2022, the 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh book entered the public domain in the United States.[4] Shortly after this, Jagged Edge Productions announced a Winnie-the-Pooh-based slasher film called Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, with Frake-Waterfield serving as the director, writer, and co-producer with Scott Jeffrey. There was much controversy among both the general public and Winnie-the-Pooh fans, with Frake-Waterfield claiming that he and the other members on the film's production received death threats[5] and petitions calling for the film to be cancelled,[6] but the film was released in cinemas in the United States on 15 February 2023, receiving very poor reviews. The film made over $US5 million[7][8] on a budget reported to be less than $US100,000.[9] Afterwards, Frake-Waterfield announced a sequel to Blood and Honey with a budget five times greater,[9] along with a cinematic universe with horror films based on Bambi, a Life in the Woods and Peter Pan.[10][11] He has also expressed interest in making films about Thor, the Teletubbies, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the future.[12][13]

Frake-Waterfield is also the owner of Dark Abyss Productions, where he writes, directs and produces films under the name Tyler James (with Scott Jeffrey).[14] Films he has directed under this banner include The Loch Ness Horror, Sky Monster, Dinosaur Prison, Deadly Waters and Monsternado. Films he has produced under this banner include Three Blind Mice, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Snake Hotel, Alien Invasion, Return of Punch and Judy, and Medusa's Venom.[15]

Selected filmography

Year Title Director Writer Producer Editor Notes Ref.
2021 Bloody Mary No No Yes Yes [16]
Easter Killing No No Yes Yes
2022 The Area 51 Incident Yes Yes Yes Yes Also composer [17]
The Killing Tree Yes Yes Yes Yes Also decorations
2023 Firenado Yes Yes Yes No Co-directed with Scott Jeffrey
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey Yes Yes Yes Yes
2024 Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 Yes No Yes Yes [18]
TBA Peter Pan's Neverland Nightmare No Yes Yes No [19]

Producer only

Year Title Ref.
2021 Dinosaur Hotel [16]
Dragon Fury
The Legend of Jack and Jill [17]
Monsters of War
Spider in the Attic
2022 H.P. Lovecraft's Monster Portal
Looks Can Kill
Wrath of Van Helsing
Croc! [16]
Shockwaves [17]
Kingdom of the Dinosaurs [16]
Jack Frost [17]
Dinosaur Hotel 2
Dragon Fury: Wrath of Fire
Krampus: The Return
Bloody Mary Returns
Mega Lightning
Easter Bunny Massacre: The Bloody Trail
TBA Bambi: The Reckoning [20]
TBA Pinocchio: Unstrung [21]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2024 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey Won [22]
Worst Director
Worst Screenplay


  1. ^ Collis, Clark (9 February 2023). "'We were in hysterics': The behind-the-scenes story of viral sensation Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  2. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (18 February 2023). "'Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey' Director Explains Why He Passed on Studio Distribution Offers". Collider. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  3. ^ "About Us". Jagged Edge Productions. Retrieved 23 June 2023.
  4. ^ Cavna, Michael (12 January 2022). "'Winnie-the-Pooh' just entered the public domain. Here's what that means for fans". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
  5. ^ "'Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey' director says he's received death threats over horror film". Fox 5 DC. 16 February 2023. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  6. ^ "How the Winnie-the-Pooh Horror Movie Came to Be". Time. 16 February 2023. Retrieved 23 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  8. ^ "Winnie-The-Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  9. ^ a b February 16, Clark Collis; EST, 2023 at 03:06 PM. "'Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey' director says sequel will have at least 5 times the budget". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 February 2023.((cite magazine)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Squires, John (2 December 2022). "'Bambi: The Reckoning' – Bambi Becomes a "Vicious Killing Machine" in Upcoming Horror Movie". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  11. ^ Squires, John (1 November 2022). "'Peter Pan: Neverland Nightmare' in the Works from 'Winnie the Pooh' Horror Movie Team". Bloody DisgustingS. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  12. ^ Perry, Spencer. "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey Director Teases Horror Versions of Peter Pan, Thor". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  13. ^ Phillips, Terry (18 February 2023). "Blood & Honey Director Wants To Make TMNT & Teletubbies Horror Movies". Screen Rant. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  14. ^ "DARK ABYSS PRODUCTIONS LTD overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  15. ^ "Tyler-James | Producer, Director, Writer". IMDb. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  16. ^ a b c d "Rhys Frake-Waterfield - Rotten Tomatoes". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  17. ^ a b c d "Films produced by Rhys Frake-Waterfield". letterboxd.com. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  18. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (5 February 2024). "Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2 Exclusive Trailer and Poster". IGN. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  19. ^ Kay, Jeremy. "Premiere Entertainment Group reports strong pre-sales on Peter Pan's Neverland Nightmare (exclusive)". Screen Daily. Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  20. ^ Squires, John (15 December 2023). "Bambi: The Reckoning Exclusive Update: Cast and Director Announced for Bambi Horror Movie". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  21. ^ Squires, John (17 January 2024). "Public Domain Horror Universe Expanding With 'Pinocchio: Unstrung' [Exclusive First Look]". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  22. ^ "AND THE 44TH A RAZZIE WINNERS ARE ..." Golden Raspberry Awards. 9 March 2024. Retrieved 9 March 2024.