Film Review: BUNNY THE KILLER THING (2015)

Film Review: BUNNY THE KILLER THING (2015)

Sep 13, 2018

IMDb: Bunny the Killer Thing (2015)
Director: Joonas Makkonen
Stars: Enni Ojutkangas, Jari Manninen, Orwi Manny Ameh

Based on a 2011 short film of the same name, Bunny the Killer Thing, written and directed by Joonas Makkonen, takes the concepts of furry culture to the extreme. In a Wilfred gone horribly wrong scenario, a human/rabbit hybrid takes to the Finnish wilderness in order to satiate the desire in which rabbits are known for, sex. In a bid to be this year’s Deathgasm, Bunny is less party and more throw away Troma, rendering it completely disappointing in virtually every aspect in which it strives for. Not gory or extreme enough for the underground crowd and far too off putting of a concept, the target audience for this film is a head scratcher.

Bunny the Killer Thing opens with a writer and his girlfriend/groupie arriving at their cabin retreat. The two are ambushed by three men in masks that kill the woman and take the man to a lab in a shed that looks more like a crack den than anything scientific. The writer is then injected in the neck with a heavy dose of rabbit semen. He then Hulks out and runs out of the lab and collapses in the woods. The opening credits roll and through crude animation, we see the man transform into our titular character. The transformation is complete when the drawing then takes his erection and ejaculates on the director’s title card. Yep, that should be a clear sign of what this film is striving for.

When the credits end, the first act sets up the characters of the film and works to get them to their location after tying them all together. At first, we meet a group of Finnish friends that are heading to a cabin in the wilds in order to get drunk and have sex. The other group we meet is three British men that are traveling somewhat in the same direction, but with a clear cut goal and destination in mind. The three are clearly harboring someone or something in the trunk of their car. Eventually the Brit’s car breaks down on the side of the road and the Finnish group tows them to their cabin where they are going to stay the night. The now fully transformed writer makes his way to the cabin where he hopes to find “fresh pussy.”

The villain of the film, the slasher, as it were, is the human/bunny hybrid that looks like a man in a bunny suit, which seems pretty obvious, but the filmmakers make no attempt in getting the suit to not look like a cheap costume you would get during the Halloween season. Not only is the suit of poor design, the center of attention is focused right on the gigantic and very fake penis in which the bunny helicopter swings as he chases down his victims. The gag is funny the first time you see it, but the film suffers from an overabundance of rehashed jokes. Other than a very brief penis P.O.V. camera shot, Joonas Makkonen takes no risk in this film, stylistically, and repeats the same beats of humor over and over to the point of aggravation. Each victim is chased and killed in a mostly off camera fashion, only hinting at the fact that each victim is supposed to be raped to death by the bunny, but nothing is quite clear. In fact, most of the gore and violence that you do see is penis related and you will see it to no end.

With so much rape and death, the film was given many opportunities in which it could stretch its amateur humor and deliver on a deeper message, especially when the only rape scene that happens on screen is at the fate of a girl who tried to rape another girl earlier in the film. This could have been used to provide something more than dick jokes, but alas, this just isn’t that film. Unfortunately, Bunny is just another throwaway attempt at Troma level schlock with a script that could have been written by a horny 15 year old boy. There is a beat of depth to the story in the final moments of the film, but it’s too little too late and is mostly played for shocks even if it does give the viewer a behind the curtain look at the operation that transformed our writer at the beginning of the film. There is also a stinger that follows the credits, being one of two scenes that represent the set up for a sequel that will hopefully never happen.

With a severe lack of message or direction, Bunny the Killer Thing becomes a rambling, repetitious beast that is clearly a short form story that has been stretched far beyond capacity. The effects are mostly practical, but are completely uninspired. The humor, at its best will only conjure a chuckle. The premise is interesting, but it just needs far more than a funny idea to carry a 90 minute run time.