Bunnyman: Grindhouse Edition Review

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Bunnyman: Grindhouse Edition Review

Horrorific content by adrian on April 12th, 2019 | Movie Review | Indie Horror, Survival, Cabin in the Woods, Serial Killer, Gore, Urban Legend, B-Horror, Bunnyman Series

It's about a group of friends who become the unlucky targets of a psycho serial killing bunny suit wearing maniac.

Bunnyman and Bunnyman: Grindhouse Edition were directed by Carl Lindbergh (who also directed Bunnyman Massacre, Bunnyman Vengeance and Shadows of the Dead) and stars Cheryl Texiera, Matthew Albrecht and Alaina Gianci.

Pretty girls die young

Bunnyman Grindhouse

Bunnyman seems to be loosely based off the urban legend of the Bunny Man  who supposedly escaped from a mental hospital transport bus in Virginia back in 1970 and ran off to live in the nearby forest where he chopped up rabbits, hung them in trees and threatened trespassers with a hatchet. In Bunnyman the movie, the psycho serial killer also lived in isolation, hung carcasses from trees and threatened people. Well, he did a little more than just threaten them. He also did a lot of stabbing, disemboweling and chain sawing.

Bunnyman was originally released back in 2011. Bunnyman Massacre and Bunnyman Vengeance followed shortly afterward. Bunnyman: Grindhouse Edition releases on the Friday just before Easter, 2019. Grindhouse Edition is a re-release of the original Bunnyman, a director's cut of sorts that's also heavily chopped up and edited with a grainy film overlay to resemble a grindhouse classic from the 70's. It's a seriously unique throwback unlike anything else I've seen before. It starts off with a trailer of the Bunnyman sequel and some hilariously retro commercials. There's even a point during the movie that cuts to a scene from an entirely different movie as a filler during some "technical difficulties". There's stock video footage that doesn't fit, European voice overs with bad accents, map overlays to convey travel, an intermission and a seriously 70's soundtrack.

The movie itself is very B-horror, but in a good way. Everything is way over the top. The blood, the gore, the acting, the plot, everything. I had a blast watching Bunnyman. And this crazy grindhouse edition really sets it apart by emphasizing the crazy gore and by creating a lot of WTF moments that are impossible to see coming.

Of course, every movie has its downsides. One thing that didn't land for me was the 70's music and old grainy film while watching a modern Toyota Camry drive down the street. All of the details mostly fit, but man, that Camry really stuck out like a sore thumb. The other part I didn't care for were all the spoilers edited into the first part of the movie. You basically get a glimpse into the future, so when the kills actually happen you see them coming. Neither of these things ruin the movie of course, just a couple of nitpicky things I noticed.

Overall I really had fun watching this one and look forward to the others in the Bunnyman series.

Worth Watching?

If you like gory B-horrors than yes. If you like grindhouse throwbacks and creative film making that keep you engaged than yes. If you're looking for a serious horror with depth and a story that's even slightly believable, this one may not be for you.


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