BUNNY, KILL! KILL!
DVD region 0. Cine du Monde.
first release from new cult movie label Cine du Monde sets out
the company stall rather nicely, with an unrestrained trip into
the squalid that is rather better than the somewhat catchpenny
title might suggest.
Remington (Timothy Muskatel) arrives at his girlfriend’s
house fresh from a violent convenience store robbery, and meets
her mentally handicapped teenage son Nicholas (Ricardo Gray).
While he charms single mother Mindy (Charlotte Marie), Nicholas
sees his true nature, and when Mindy is called to work a nightshift,
Rem is left in charge – and immediately calls his child-molesting
drug dealer to trade Nicholas for cocaine, before heading out
to pick up a couple of hookers. But things don’t go according
to plan, as a mysterious rabbit-masked killer is stalking the
house and offing the bad guys.
This has all the making of a rather nasty, grubby little film,
but thankfully director Chad Ferrin (who’s Someone's
Knocking at the Door still has me undecided years after
seeing it) avoids the kind of cynical bad taste you might find
in, say, a film from Ferrin's former employers Troma – imagine
what they’d do with the story of a kid like Nicholas (actually,
you don’t have to – just watch Toxic Avenger).
While more sensitive viewers might cringe while Rem verbally abuses
the poor kid and continually refers to him as ‘the retard’,
this is more an indictment of the character rather than the filmmaker
pandering to the worst audience elements, and at no point is he
shown to be anything less than a scumbag. It’s to Muskatel’s
credit, therefore, that he brings a certain charisma to his unsavoury
character – you’ll hate him, but he’s always
interesting to watch.
first thirty minutes or so of the film are a slow build up, but
once the action starts, it comes thick and fast. The gore is nasty
and painful and the sleaze factor is cranked right. Admittedly,
sometimes things feel a bit too much – this will definitely
offend a lot of people. But the excesses are countered by interesting
touches, an old-school home invasion feel and a neat twist where
the killer is unmasked. The ending is a little hokey and pointless,
but you can’t have everything.
Coming complete with a surprisingly raw and honest making-off,
this is an impressive effort from one of America’s more
out-there indie directors. If the idea of a film about a kid with
cerebral palsy being abused by a psychopath and fed to a paedophile
doesn’t put you off – and let’s be honest, it’ll
be too much for many people, no matter how things work out - Easter
Bunny, Kill! Kill! Has a lot to offer..
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