07th Dec2017

‘Bunnyman Vengeance’ Review

by Nik Holman

Stars: Carl Lindbergh, Michael Shaun Sandy, Omari Washington, Diana Prince, Debby Gerber | Written and Directed by Carl Lindbergh

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Sometimes a movie comes along and I feel as if Nerdly sends me these links on a dare. As if the gods are toying with me. Am I Job? Am I Sisyphus pushing that bolder up a hill? Am I a member of the A-Team? After viewing Bunnyman Vengeance I feel like a man punished for a crime he didn’t commit.

Bunnyman Vengeance is the third and final installment of the Bunnyman saga, a poorly connected string of empty, violence-driven films. Michael is a bunnysuit-sporting, badly disfigured psychopath, raised as an animal by his brothers. He hunts. He kills. He endures mental torture at the hands of his vile family. Why? I have no idea. At some point during the time spent writing this script, director and writer Carl Lindbergh forgot to add motivation, or character, or a basic goddamn story.

The first flaw with the movie is noticeable almost immediately. Sound issues abound. For the first 15 minutes I thought I was watching a silent film. Characters have whole conversations with no sound. Early on, Bunnyman kills a kid and throws the corpse around a roadside bus stop. Over and over Bunnyman tosses the kid on a bench, the kid slides to the ground, until Bunnyman has enough to kicks the bench, and kid over. All of this is played without a sound.

At one point I thought the film might be going for a grindhouse feel, but the audio gaps run too long, spanning minutes at a time. If this is by choice, it’s a poor one. Dubbing issues about. There are countless moments when a line of dialogue is suddenly crystal clear and all the ambient noise vanishes only to pick back up a second later. I have never witnessed a film so shoddily slapped together.

As for the script, I’m not sure there was one. I could never figure out the reason for anything on-screen. One scene Bunnyman is having dinner with his crazy family and the next he’s killing buxom young women at a campsite. A few scenes try to focus on the imprisoned women but it’s impossible to care about the victims as they’re reduced to gore fodder with no emotional weight.

Can you drink an entire container of acid and mistake it for water? Can you choke to death on a tarantula? You can (and will!) in Bunnyman Vengeance. How did the acid burn the woman’s stomach and not her mouth? The frustration this movie brought out in me was exhausting. I love a good kill as much as the next weirdo, but can we at least pretend science is a real thing?

I’m not proud to admit that Bunnyman Vengeance almost beat me. By the last 20 minutes of the film I thought, “I don’t need this. It’s not worth my time.” This movie is so bad that sitting though it made me contemplate giving up writing. And the crazy thing is, I actually recommend this film. I want everyone to see it. Not because it has charm, or because dispite its flaws it really wants to be a good movie, but because I’m in the horror business and I can’t think of anything more horrifying than watching Bunnyman Vengeance.

Bunnyman Vengeance is available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray now from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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