PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home.PT1M2S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34j50 620 349 March 11, 2014
Internet pranksters have turned the first image from the coming Paddington Bear movie into a mock-horror meme.
The popular children's cartoon has been made into a live-action film with a CGI-animated bear. Nicole Kidman stars, with Colin Firth voicing of the famous bear.
Creepy Paddington in Evil Dead. Photo: Olly Gibbs/Tumblr
Fans were given their first look at Paddington when a still from the film was released this week.
It shows the shaggy character dressed in his navy duffel coat and red hat, suitcase in hand, standing somewhat menacingly outside Buckingham Palace.
What apparently escaped the creators of the film was immediately evident to everyone else: this Paddington is creepy, not cuddly.
Creepy Paddington movie memes
Creepy Paddington in The Others. Photo: Olly Gibbs/Tumblr
Within days, a "Creepy Paddington" hashtag cropped up on Twitter and a meme was born.
People were soon digitally adding the beloved children's character into frames from famous horror films.
In one, Paddington hovers threateningly in a doorway from Paranormal Activity, while another puts him at the centre of the climatic showdown in Seven.
He has also been transported into Hannibal Lecter's prison cell, the bloodied halls from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and into the back seat of a car in a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
One particularly creative submission even snuck the furry character into Ellen DeGeneres' star-studded Oscars selfie.
With the film due out in December, photoshoppers have six months to keep honing their skills.