Be and Eva are your typical carrot farmers who are living their dream and enjoying life out in the country with their disabled son Timmie. With Be accidentally kills an Easter Bunny with a sharpened carrot and his crazy neighbor dumping experimental poison in the carrot fields. The two incidents result in the creation of something that will disrupt the peaceful lives of these country folks.
People like to say that there are no new ideas. Well smarty pants, tell me what other movies have you seen about a carrot farmer and his family having to fight off a pissed off Easter bunny that's been mutated? Hmmm? Yeah, that's what I thought. "Paashaat" or "Diseaster", depending on what title strikes your fancy, is a short film from our Netherland brothers that wants to walk the fine line between comedic horror genius and absurdly stupid silliness.
Taking on the limiting Easter holiday, "Paashaat" manages to spin an oddball tale where Easter has more prevalence than it does here in our boring reality. This holiday is especially important to our protagonist Timmie, the mentally-handicapped son of the carrot farming couple, and lover of all things Easter and bunnies. Timmie also serves as our narrator (whose also a rapper with ill skills) who tells us the tale of when good rabbits go bad from having poison introduced into their system and suddenly desires human flesh.
Part comedy. Part horror. All silliness -- "Paashaat" is a short film that is up there with the likes of "Thankskilling", "Night of the Hell Hamsters", and even "The Bitch Is Back". Well maybe not "Thankskilling" as that was a horrendous abomination that was being annoyingly stupid for the sake of being stupid. "Paashaat" does embrace the ridiculousness of its concept but tries to blend in the right amount of stupidity with cleverness. For instance, all Easter Bunnies are played by puppets and stuffed toys. Something that could easily be brushed off as nonsense and something trying too hard. Thanks to director Boki Mekel, he does it right by not focusing on the fact that these are toys that we are watching. That's just what they happen to be and that is that. As opposed to a movie like "Thankskilling" who was constantly shoving it in our face that turkey was a rubber puppet and how hilarious it was because of that. "Paashaat" does occasionally lean too far in a certain direction with its jokes and can become a bit too much or a bit to dumb for its own good. For the most part though it actually manages to finds a reasonable middle ground and makes it work in the long run.
What I actually enjoyed the most out of the short film was the technical execution. When Ronny shot the link over I automatically assumed this was going to be one of those ungodly terrible projects that was put together by a group of friends over a weekend. You know the ones that I'm talking about; the ones where a person has a camera and decides they are going to make a hilarious short or fake-trailer with whoever is willing to partake. But then ultimately they just tape themselves acting like idiots and treat it as comedy gold. Not here. Thank god. Mekel and his crew make one hell of a good looking short that successfully displays both skill and talent by those involved. As odd as it my sound, because of how good the movie looks, it actually makes the absurd concept work better. They made a professional product that has some great shining moments, like the cinematography, and it makes the ridiculous seem less absurd.
Overall, the comedy was actually a bit of a miss for me -- I didn't find it overly funny. It was an entertaining way to spend thirty minutes and it was a clever idea and a well executed project. However, there was something here that was missing for me and so the humor and I just never clicked. But comedy is subjective not to mention that there could be a culture barrier causing some of the humor to be lost in translation. I'm willing to bet though that it has more to do with me being a miserable bastard.
You know what? "Paashaat" is only thirty minutes. Who gives a crap about what I think? Just go watch it and judge for yourself. That's right, the creators were kind enough to toss it up on their site for free for everyone to see and it comes with English subtitles for those of use who are culturally impaired. Go. Go watch it. Right now!