A group of young adults in Finland have a weekend getaway planned where they’ll drink and party the night away at a remote cabin in the woods. Everything goes as planned but there’s evil lurking in the woods. A terrifying humanoid rabbit with a raging hard-on that’s on the hunt for pussy and will kill any man who gets in its way.
When I think of the Fantasia International Film Festival I tend think of an eclectic mix of cutting edge modern cinema — both big budget and independent — with a mix of artistic driven films as well. What I don’t associate with the film festival are humanoid monster rabbits swinging their dicks around while screaming, “Pussy!” as they chase dumb teenagers through the woods. Not unless I’m coming off a three-day bender, at least…Anyhow, even though the trailer for “Bunny the Killer Thing” exploded when it hit the internet, I was a bit surprised, but happy none the less, to find the film in Fantasia’s programming. And you cannot not watch a movie about sex-crazed monster rabbit when you’re given the chance.
A small group of young Finnish adults head to an isolated cabin in the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying — and of course — sex. On their way to the cabin, they come across a group of Brits on holiday who are stranded after their car broke down. They end up being invited back to the cabin to partake and join in on the festivities. However, a mad scientist has been conducting experiments in the same woods and one of his creations is on the loose — a giant humanoid rabbit who has a massive erection and is on the hunt for pussy. It’ll take whatever it can get though as it descends upon the unsuspecting inhabitants of the cabin.
“Bunny the Killer Thing” is exactly the kind of movie you expect it to be if you’ve seen the trailer; an audacious horror-comedy that wallows in its own crass absurdity. It’s a completely ludicrous take on the kids in the cabin concept mixed with perverted jokes and ‘80s monster schlock, and it is glorious! Here at Film Bizarro, we often talk about how movies end up being stupid for the sake of being stupid in an attempt at being funny. You could say “Bunny the Killer Thing” is stupid as well but the movie is actually clever enough to know how to skirt the line between stupid and ridiculous. It does this by never calling attention to the over-the-top and preposterous moments — the movie just lets them be.
Why does one of the mad scientist’s henchmen have eyebrows made out electrical tape on his ski mask? How is a man able to strangle another man with his exposed optical nerve after he gets punched so hard his eyeball pops out?
Who knows. These are things that simply occur and you can take or leave ‘em — depending on what you find amusing — and that’s what makes the comedy work. The comedy also works because the horror aspect is played straight. Even though “Bunny the Killer Thing” is mocking horror clichés without becoming a parody, there are some traditional horror elements at play — an unstoppable monster killing a group of twentysomething kids. In this case, the unstoppable monster just happens to be a cheesy looking rabbit monster with a horse-cock that wants to fuck anything that looks like a vagina. Which may or may not include things like a man’s exposed eye socket.
Taking a step back, it does feel like “Bunny the Killer Thing” is a movie that shouldn’t work because of its rather offensive nature of mixing comedy with graphic violence and sex. Or rape rather, since none of these character want to actually have sex with the monster. Yet somehow the film’s vulgar nature makes everything seem so harmless. Perhaps because it’s all so over-the-top that the gore and raunch are able to blend together seamlessly.
Either that or it’s just because watching a guy in a cheesy looking monster-suit that’s getting slapped around with a severed penis is hysterical.
“Bunny the Killer Thing” is a movie that you’ll either love or hate. It’s absurd over-the-top nonsense about a rabbit monster with an insatiable appetite for pussy and flesh that leaves no middle ground for the audience to stand on. With that being said, I see it as a movie where people will enjoy it more so than anything else. Simply because of just how over-the-top and ridiculous the concept is, you can’t help but laugh and be entertained by how raunchy “Bunny the Killer Thing” can be. And absurdity aside, there’s also a great horror element at play that will delight fans of schlock and gore.