‘Watership Down’ Terrified Us As Kids, But Now It’s Back With A Brand New Remake

There are a bunch of movies from our childhood that looking back are kind of messed up. Whether it’s kids getting turned into blueberries or aliens coming down from outer space only to phone home, we’ve had to deal with a lot.

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But there’s one movie that confused a lot of kids, and probably scarred even more for life. Watership Down was an animated movie made in 1978, and while a cartoon about rabbits seems like it’d be a great choice for children, the truth is that it was kind of horrific.

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I believe that my brain has completely blocked out all of the actual plot of this movie, but unfortunately no matter how much time has passes the truly gruesome images that it showed us have remained.

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Those bunnies, covered in blood, remain one of the scariest things that a lot of us remember watching as a kid. As the bunnies start dripping blood from their mouths and their eyes turn red, all of us children thinking we were watching some delightful cartoon would start screaming.

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Well, if that original version wasn’t horrifying enough, they are remaking it. That’s right, round two on the whole ‘terrifying children’ attempts is coming soon.

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The first few images of the new version of Watership Down have been released, ahead of the CG adaptation’s release this Christmas.

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'Watership Down' Terrified Us As Kids, But Now It's Back With A Brand New Remake
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The new version is actually going to be a miniseries on BBC, and will be added to Netflix’s roster shortly after airing.

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'Watership Down' Terrified Us As Kids, But Now It's Back With A Brand New Remake
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Nothing says Merry Christmas like some terrifying rabbits right?

So far, the images don’t look as scary as the original movie, but obviously they aren’t going to give away the big surprises. One thing they have released along with the screenshots is the entire cast list.

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The movie’s main characters will be voiced by X-Men actor James McAvoy and Star Wars actor John Boyega.

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'Watership Down' Terrified Us As Kids, But Now It's Back With A Brand New Remake
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Other stars of the movie include:

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  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Ben Kingsley
  • Gemma Arterton
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Rosamun Pike
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Taron Egerton
  • Gemma Chan and many more.
'Watership Down' Terrified Us As Kids, But Now It's Back With A Brand New Remake
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Obviously there are a lot of big names voicing the characters for what is being described as an “innovative interpretation” of the original book written by Richard Adams in 1972.

'Watership Down' Terrified Us As Kids, But Now It's Back With A Brand New Remake
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The screen shots show a bunch of almost realistic looking bunnies, but as it was once dubbed one of the darkest kids movies ever released, chances are there is going to be a whole new generation of kids left completely freaked out by this movie.

Source – Screen Rant / Nerdist

Do you think you’ll watch this new adaption of the classic movie? Or are you still scarred from the last time you watched it?

Emma C
Freelance Writer