If you were hoping that the less than subtle artwork was true to its content and that you would spend the next 89 minutes of your life watching a serial killer in a bunny suit slashing his way through anyone unlucky enough to be caught in his path, then, my twisted friend, you are in luck.
Whilst ‘Bunnyman: Vengeance’ is the third in the series I can assure you that you will probably manage to keep up, if, like me entries one and two passed you by.
Mute, and harbouring some serious social grievances, Michael (the titular Bunnyman) returns home from ripping to find his family, a couple of low life brothers operating a haunted house attraction as a front for other more illegal activities. Taken in by the pair, and befriending their retarded sibling, things seem to be going well for our Lagomorph anti-hero.
Having an insatiable love for murder, carnage and all manner of bad taste it seems that Michael has a lot in common with his peers, but that all changes when he starts upping the body count and halving customers in their ghoulish sideshow attraction.
Taken as is the plot would make for a creative slasher film, but somehow, marred by a range of technical and editing issues Carl Lindbergh’s final instalment doesn’t quite come across quite so articulated. Indeed, much of my synopsis above required a full watch of the film (and some assumptions) to put together. For most of the film you are either listening to some poor taste dialogue or watching The Bunnyman do his thing. Between great looking flashback footage, which is never explained, to the inaudible dialogue, which occurs when any of the character appear to be conversing in an outdoor environment, to the apparently overdubbed dialogue, which at times isn’t correctly lip-sync’d and at others so loud it clips the mic-preamps, I got what was happening, but not a clue as to why.
Still I just sat back and enjoyed the show. If anybody wanted to prove that some slasher movies are violence for violence sake, this would be a prime example. Personally speaking, I’ve no problem with this, I mean you don’t go into ‘Bunnyman: Vengeance’ expecting to partake in an existential experience now do you?
Indeed, the violence in the film is suitably strong and our floppy eared psycho is nothing if not resourceful. There are some ‘ok’ practical effects and some ‘not so ok’ CGI ones. At times the film is gritty and brutal, helped by a pulsing electronic score, at others the victims are putting up a lacklustre escape performance, with their screams clipping the sound to the point where you hit the mute button yourself only to watch their computer-generated wounds oozing globs of less than convincing gru from equally unconvincing wounds. Consistency isn’t this film’s strong point.
Variety is the spice of life they say, and you will enjoy kills from almost every tool in the shed including chainsaws, javelins, knives and gunshot; but its definitely quantity over quality.
Overall though, I sat down to watch a film which has a murderer in a bunny suit and that’s what I got. Plot wise, I could have put up with its stuttering articulation, but the technical flaws* are unacceptable; a shame really because there is some entertainment value to be had with the frequent and strong carnage contained within. I’ve seen worse, but then again, I’ve seen a lot better to. All said and done, I was lured in by the murderous bunny concept and to be fair, I got what I came for.
*I would like to add here that my ‘for review purposes only’ screening link maybe an early cut (dated 8 months ago) and therefore the technical issues listed, including a repeated scene at the start of the movie, may not be indicative of the final release