Review: The Beaster Bunny
DVD, on demand & digital download: The Beaster Bunny (2014)
The Beaster Bunny (AKA Beaster Day: Here Comes Peter Cottonhell) is trash…glorious, low budget, badly acted trash that I loved every minute of.
A 50 foot Easter bunny is on the loose and on a killing spree that is seemingly unstoppable. The town Mayor is too high on drugs and too busy womanising to do anything effective about it, so it is left to a wannabe actress and an unhinged dog-catcher to try and save the day. That’s about it plot wise, but you certainly don’t watch movies like this for a finely structured narrative, all the while stroking your chin and getting into a multi-layered discussion about the mise-en-scene. This is all about boobs, blood and laughs, and I certainly laughed a hell of a lot while watching The Beaster Bunny.
Why is the bunny 50 foot tall? Why is it killing people? Where did it come from? Nobody knows and it’s never explained, but who needs exposition when there’s a rabid rabbit running amok?
The title creature resembles nothing more than a badly animated Hartley Hare on steroids, and staggers around the town and its outskirts as though it was drunk out of its mind as was looking for a human kebab to satiate its hunger. All of the bunnys victims succumb to it’s flailing claws and gnashing teeth without too much of a fight, and one particular female victim stands so still while screaming that she (not surprisingly) gets her top ripped of to reveal her ample bosom, which she then proceeds to jiggle in front of the camera many times before finally getting sliced and diced.
The visual effects are mostly unconvincing and poorly composited, and in eschewing practical effects for cgi the filmmakers had access to present more onscreen than their budget seemingly allowed, but the implementation of it was not good enough to sell it as convincing. But that’s one of the factors that made me love The Beaster Bunny; NOTHING in it is great, from the shoddy cgi, to the hammy acting and the goofy title creature, all of the ingredients don’t work individually, but mix them all together and add in a big dollop of enthusiasm that writers and co-directors the Snygg Brothers clearly show onscreen, you then have a wonderful 87 minutes of entertainment.
The Beaster Bunny clearly won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’ve watched and enjoyed Return of the Killer Tomatoes, Troll 2 or virtually anything from the Troma catalogue, then this is definitely for you. I for one will certainly be watching it again before too long.
YOU can also get to watch it by entering our competition. Thanks to the great folks at Aim Publicity, we have 2 copies to giveaway on DVD and all you have to do is keep an eye on our Twitter account: @60minuteswith (where we run ALL of our competitions. There’s plenty more upcoming…gratuitous plug!) and it’ll just take a simple retweet from you to be in with a chance of winning. We don’t even ask you to follow us…though you’re more than welcome to if you want.
The Beaster Bunny will be released on DVD, on demand and digital download on 3rd April 2017. Our Twitter competition will begin on March 31st…tell your friends!
Review by Dave (host of 60 Minutes With) from a disc kindly supplied by Aim Publicity.