BEASTER BUNNY – Review ****

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If you ever wondered what shlockfest means, we have the film for you. Some call it the best Easter Horror film. We go further – this is definitely the best Easter film ever, period. All the elements required to make this a good film – great CGI, strong script and superb acting – are completely absent. And yet, Beaster Bunny manages to do what so few other films can – entertain the hell out of us.

In a quiet town that is getting ready for their Easter celebration, a 50-foot man-eating Easter Bunny is on the loose, creating havoc. As the gruesome murders accumulate (all dismissed by the hippie mayor, who blames them on garden tools freak accidents), our only hopes reside in an aspiring actress and the second best dogcatcher around. No origin story is provided as the giant bunny chomps through naked ladies and scared dudes alike, leaving a trail of body parts and fake blood behind it.

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Directors Zack and Spencer Snygg have written, produced and directed this film with the production value of a porn and the ingenuity of their 17 years of experience in the industry (Zack as a B-movie editor/producer, Spencer as an electrician for blockbusters such as Transformers 2, Meet the Parents 2, Spiderman 2 “and many other films with the number 2 at the end”, as his brother states on their Kickstarter). Beaster Bunny is the real so bad it’s good product, the film that goes to the extreme to present bad acting, bad sound, bad directing, bad cinematography, and a special kind of terrible CGI. I mean, look at that rabbit. And you won’t have to wait long to see it – before the 10-minute mark we’re given all its gloriousness. Screw tension.

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From dialogue gems (some of our favourites include “That’s the second biggest rabbit I’ve ever seen!” and “Your legs. They… walked away.”), gratuitous nudity (so, so many bouncy bare breasts) to the lame jokes (Dog Catchers in the Rye, really?), Beaster Bunny is a guaranteed cult classic, deserving of a place next to Sharknado and anything with The Rock on it. And as a 2014 film, it also made a good job of predicting the future – as in end a guy dressed as a carrot steals a competent woman’s thunder. Take that, The Simpsons!

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As long as you’re not looking for high art – and wouldn’t mind watching a radioactive spin-off of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog – Beaster Bunny will make you laugh, cry (of so much laughing) and reflect on the reason why so many people think it’s a good idea to cut through the woods with no clothes on. Give it a hearthy bite this Easter.

Beaster Bunny will be available on DVD, on demand and to download from 3rd April 2017.

 

Sara is originally from Coimbra, Portugal, where she studied Film Studies before moving to London to enrol in film school. Having made her first short film about her neighbour's chickens when she was 9 (a dystopian sci-fi, still her favourite genre), she is now a London-based film director and editor, and also a writer for the Portuguese Take Magazine. She is a huge fan of Lars Von Trier, Krysztof Kiéslowski, and David Lean.