Written by: Carl Lindbergh
Directed by: Carl Lindbergh
Starring: David Scott, Joshua Lang, Julianne Dowler, Jennifer June Ross
Runtime: 90 minutes
Synopsis: The adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store.
Being a fan of the first Bunnyman, I was excited when they announced they were working on Bunnyman Massacre. I was even more excited when I got a physical copy as a screener. (Thanks, Reese!) I mean... who doesn't like the concept of a guy in a bunny costume hacking people people to pieces? Then turning it into beef jerky? Ok, judging by the lack of hands raised, I can see this is going to be a tough sell. Stay with me though-
There are definitely flaws. For one, there is no answer for why Bunnyman does what he does. There is also no character development for anyone in the film, including the main characters Joe and Bunnyman. We get very little insight in the beginning of the film with Joe berating Bunnyman, and a line or two of dialogue reminding us that Bunnyman is indeed a messed up individual. But that's it. There is no direction that we are pulled in. Whether we sympathize with the killer or his victims, we are just watching things unfold from a distance with no emotional involvement.
"...we're gonna fuck you up! What do you think I'm gonna do to ya? Make ya pancakes? Goddamnit, I don't like pancakes." -Joe
On the other hand, do we REALLY care? It's a film called Bunnyman Massacre. I'm sure it wasn't Lindbergh's intention for us to really give a shit. For the small group of people who enjoy senseless murder and mayhem, this is aimed at you, catered by a writer/director who knows full well who his target audience is. There are plenty of kills, including an awesome school bus scene where Bunnyman plows through passengers with a chainsaw! There is also an homage to a certain famous kill scene of which I will not spoil. If you see said kill scene, you'll get a kick out of it. It's high-five worthy. The film certainly lives up to its title as Bunnyman maniacally disposes of anybody that he lays his large plastic eyes on.
While the demand for a film like this may not be huge, there's enough of one to warrant two films. I'm not afraid to admit that I enjoyed the movies, and if there is to be a third, I'm all over that one too. I've mentioned earlier that it's full of senseless killing and there is no rhyme or reason. But there doesn't have to be. This movie calls out to a certain crowd, and is well received among us.
3/5 Skulls. Guilty pleasures...