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Unlike CURSE OF THE UNDEAD, which is a horror western, BUNNYMAN MASSACRE is more of a horror Eastern.


Massacre of the Ninja Bunnyman Empire


BUNNYMAN MASSACRE


aka BUNNYMAN 2 2014, Midnight Releasing, 106m 57s, $24.98, DVD-1 By Chris Herzog


BUNNYMAN MASSACRE is the sequel to writer/director Carl Lindbergh’s BUNNYMAN (2011), which—confusingly—was also released under the alternate title THE BUNNYMAN MASSACRE. This is actually rather appropriate since the second Bunnyman film can’t quite decide what it wants to be, either. The film begins on a note of black satire as a chainsaw- wielding killer in a soiled Easter Bunny costume assaults a school bus full of kids. By immediately hopping over a line rarely crossed even in the most violent horror films (and doing it in a cartoonish bunny suit, for heaven’s sake!), BUNNYMAN MASSACRE sets us up for an outrageous pastiche of the masked killer genre—and then mostly fails to deliver.


The remainder of the film pro- ceeds as a familiar exercise in


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stalk-torture-kill-repeat as Bunny- man drags a series of female hik- ers back to the home of his confederate, Joe, where they are tormented, slaughtered with a variety of tools and converted into jerky. It doesn’t take long before the film’s methodical pacing and lack of imagination wash away the impact of its sole source of novelty and interest. A man do- ing terrible things while dressed as a cartoon animal may astound or delight viewers the first couple of times, but as BUNNYMAN MAS- SACRE plods into its second hour, some may begin to wonder what else the film has to offer. The answer: not much. Devotées of chainsaw massacre films may enjoy the CGI-enhanced blood spray and mayhem, and there is an obvious homage to TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964) almost certainly thrown in as an (ahem) Easter Egg for gore film fans. Nevertheless, many view- ers will find themselves check- ing their watches around the time the second or third batch of

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