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Bunnyman (2011)

Director: Carl Lindbergh
Starring: Cheryl Texiera, Matthew Albrecht, Alaina Gianci, Veronica Wylie, Jack Kuza
Rated R 90 minutes
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BUNNYMAN is one of those movies that is so festooned with technical incompetence that the end result has an almost surreal and dreamlike quality to it. There isn’t much story here to speak of: a carload of people have a fatal encounter with a truck-driving, bunny suit-wearing psycho killer and his cannibalistic family.  This is a movie in which people say and do the kind of stupid things no normal human being would ever say and do. After an incomprehensibly edited car “chase” scene, which ends with the group’s car parked on the side of the road and the Bunnyman parked behind them, they decide the best course of action is to sit and wait for the killer to leave. He does. Later, after the Bunnyman rams their car, killing a guy who was underneath of it (?) (and then leaves), the group decides the it would be a good idea to wander into the woods, rather than to stay near the road where they at least stand a chance of finding help. After a laughably stupid encounter with a random hick, the group walk right into the Bunnyman’s lair, where they are tortured and killed in unspectacular fashion.

BUNNYMAN has a discombobulated, nonsensical quality to it that at times feels like it was concocted on the fly, or was possibly Frankenstein’ed together with some old gore home movies and an Easter bunny costume Lindbergh had laying around. The actors have a dazed aura about them that implies that even they were unable to puzzle out what was going on.  For a movie that has such a simple plot, it’s very impressive to see how incomprehensible the director was able to make the final product.

It’s pretty easy to see that director Carl Lindbergh set out to make a hardcore and brutal horror flick in the vein of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, mixed with a hefty dose of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES weirdness. While he certainly managed to incorporate a lot of blood-spraying gore, he neglected to pay much attention to, well, everything else. About the only good things I can say about this one is that a couple of the actresses are pretty good looking, and Lindbergh manages to pull off a visually appealing shot or two. Given the amount of technical incompetence on display in BUNNYMAN, I have to suspect that it was on accident.

Apparently there is a sequel, BUNNYMAN 2 (aka THE BUNNYMAN MASSACRE), that can't be much worse.