Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! (2006)
By: Julian on June 30, 2011  | 
Monster Pictures | All Regions, NTSC | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 5.1 | 90 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Chad Ferrin
Starring: Timothy Muskatell, Ricardo Gray, Charlotte Marie, Trent Haaga, David Z. Stamp
Screenplay: Chad Ferrin
Country: USA
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Nicholas (Ricardo Gray) is a mentally impaired teenage lad who lives with his mother Mindy (perhaps, given her cup size and costume design, this character is another nod to Russ Meyer). Mindy lives alone: her former partner and Nicholas' dad did a runner and is incommunicado. Mindy's new lover is a charming chap Remington (Timothy Muskatell), whom we are introduced to in an armed robbery sequence that sees Remington shoot dead a hapless cashier, after making off with a paltry loot. On his way back from the robbery, Remington brings Nicholas, who is rabbit-obsessed, the bunny mask he used as a disguise. In spite of these gestures, Remington verbally abuses Nicholas when Mindy's back is turned, including, amongst other things, threatening to kill the boy's pet rabbit.

When Mindy is called into work unexpectedly she enlists her new man to babysit. He agrees but when Mindy leaves, Remington goes out to score coke and hookers after calling a mate of his to mind Nicholas. Unbeknownst to Remington, someone else is about to make a house call, wearing an Easter bunny mask and carrying a big knife.

Chad Ferrin's no-budget effort Easter Bunny Kill! Kill! is a remarkably odd film for a few reasons. The aspect that at once strikes is the quality of the performances – absolutely, jaw-droppingly awful. The second remarkable element is a relatively tangential plot line that gives this film a serious nudge into ghastly, upsetting territory: it would be easy to say that this shift is gratuitous, but it should be recognised for the fact that it takes Easter Bunny up a notch as both a suspense thriller and a shock exploitationer.

The acting is utterly woeful by any measure, and because the movie has a few pacing problems early on, it tries the viewer's patience fast and hard. My advice would be to persist with the film, because from about half way through it becomes a thoroughly mean-spirited and often disturbing exercise in aberrance and depravity. Ferrin's film is neither nice to watch nor nice to look at, but the sheer grime of it is reminiscent of those sleazy masterpieces of seventies Americana – think The Candy Snatchers or Last House on Dead End Street. It's a pity, then, that the performances are so bad: if they were of a higher quality by all of the performers, this could have been a truly remarkable debut effort.

The aforementioned pacing problems iron themselves out after about half an hour or so, and they're mainly due to an initially directionless plot: until Mindy vacates the house and we're left to see the interactions between an hysterically upset Nicholas and an implacably vile Remington, one is quite unsure where the hell Ferrin is going with his movie. The dialogue is awful, and it is delivered with no irony by the hapless performers that people this movie.

The dénouement is ridiculous but unexpected, and, for this reason (and because this whole movie is pretty ridiculous) it seems to work. The best thing about it, though, and the best thing about most movies like this one, is the mood that it evokes: it is filthy, it is aggressive, the comedy is jet-black and the violence comes in shocking staccato bursts. These qualities are Ferrin's doing, and he should be applauded for them. With a more polished screenplay and a new cast, this Z-grade effort could have been a pretty exceptional exploitation flick. I'm looking forward to more from the director.
Shot on fuzzy video, Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!'s 16:9 presentation is dark and murky, although the cinematography adds a seediness that serves the film's overall tone well.
English audio track is presented in Dolby 5.1. It sounds pretty muddy, but I wasn't expecting crystal clear, top-notch audio-visual quality.
Extra Features
Along with a feature commentary from Ferrin and Muskatell Monster has included a 17-minute featurette on the castingm abd trailers for Ferrin films, Easter Bunny and Someone's Knocking at the Door.

I'll take another opportunity here to spruik Monster Pictures, a new label that branches off established budget distributor Bounty. Monster Pictures release little-known cult horror efforts and bankroll local product. Their recent output, which includes The Human Centipede: The First Sequence and Resurrection County, makes them a new best friend for Region 4 genre fans.
The Verdict
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Without the brutally nihilistic tone of this jaw-droppingly politically incorrect effort, Easter Bunny Kill! Kill! would have been a failure. Political incorrectness and overall nihilism is the ultimate capital for exploitation movies, and the presence of both elements in spades makes it much easier to forgive the dreadful performances and uneven screenplay.

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