While the term "cult hit" is tossed around quite liberally in the realm of B and C grade horror films, the first instalment in the Bunnyman series is just that, as the film gained a sizeable following and has been known to play back-to-back on the cable TV channel Chiller. A third film is also on the way, setting up the Bunnyman to be a trilogy of epically strange proportions.
The Bunny Man character was inspired by the true story of an axe-wielding man in a bunny suit who terrorized residents of Fairfax County, Virginia in 1970 (no, seriously). Going wild with that inspiration, writer/director Carl Lindbergh and his company ANOC Productions created and released Bunnyman in 2011.
Completed in 2013, Bunnyman Massacre is leaps and bounds (pun intended) ahead of the original in all aspects from the visual quality to the acting, direction, story, and horror elements. Bunnyman Massacre premiered on Chiller over Easter weekend this year.
"Inspired by the fans requests, Bunnyman 2 aka The Bunnyman Massacre was born," explains Lindbergh. "With Bunnyman 2 we were able to realize the potential of Bunnyman 1, and at the same time create a franchise that will continue with Bunnyman 3 (which is currently in production.) What I appreciate with The Bunnyman Massacre is that we were able to make a film that really stands apart from all the countless slasher films, and deliver a film that is very unique."
The Story: 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.
Opening with an admittedly unusual first sequence, we're introduced to Bunnyman right away as he goes on a murderous rampage on a school bus. Taking cues from other silent killers before him including Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface, The Bunnyman Massacre is a decent slasher film worth checking out.
Points are reluctantly added for the requisite female frontal nudity and a few buckets of quality gore. I'm also going to be straight up and admit that I don't trust rabbits (watch Watership Down and tell me I'm crazy, I dare you), they may look cute and fluffy and innocent, but those little f*cks are planning something. I also don't want to know what that bunny suit used in the film smelled like. Ick.