Bunny the Killer Thing
A group of Finnish and British people get stuck at a cabin when they are attacked by a creature that is a half human, half rabbit.
May 16, 2016
Hiski Hämäläinen as Tuomas
Enni Ojutkangas as Sara
Veera W. Vilo as Nina
Thank the high heavens for filmmakers like Joonas Makkonen. Fearless and carefree, Makkonen crafts a tale of terror that should have American and Finnish fans in stitches. Bunny the Killer Thing combines laughter, gnarly graphic gore and an absurd premise to effectively make-up what has to be one of – up to this point – the most enjoyable picture of 2016. The film does it all really, tapping into as many dark taboos as it does some of the lighter-hearted genre tropes. Fans of the age old horror comedy are going to get a major, major kick out of this unusual but effective hybrid.
Thanks to an extremely revealing trailer we’re safe to explore a few of the picture’s key events and details. Not that it matters too much; Bunny the Killer Thing, when stripped down and left bare to stare at, is really just your typical slasher. It’s the bells and whistles that result in viewers feeling as though they’re witnessing something fresh and out of the ordinary. Bunny the Killer Thing is a man-made monster who looks like a full grown dude in a hokey bunny suit… with about a 16 inch member dangling between its legs.
What does Bunny want? He wants fresh… well, we’re trying to keep it as clean as possible, but it rhymes with “wussy” and starts with a ‘P’. Needless to say, this strange monster stalks a group of 20-somethings hanging in a rural cabin for a weekend of fun, shlong in hand. You probably don’t need to be told that there isn’t much fun to be had running from a massive bunny with a throbbing extension. There’s no fun in being shafted by that one, either. Can anyone survive this encounter? How can they bring the reign of this beast to an end? How many will die at the hands – er, pole – of the titular character?
I’ve come to the conclusion that Finnish folk give an awfully sizable damn (Rare Exports, Sauna, anyone?) about their cinema. They dump their hearts into their work, and it shows. Bunny the Killer Thing boasts a gorgeous aesthetic, often gifting viewers sprawling shots of striking landscapes. A sea of white often overtakes the entire frame as Makkonen zooms out to emphasis just how impressive Finland is. And then he gets wildly grimy as he bolts back in for a close up shot of a limb being ripped from its owner, thick, dark blood spraying in all directions. That damn bunny and his unwavering erection loom over the victim. It’s great stuff.
Makkonen’s dialogue is terrific and although he operates on safe territory presented by the foundation of the aforementioned slasher film, he’s not too concerned with paying homage, honoring past filmmakers or overthinking anything. That could’ve been disastrous, resulting in a bland script and forcing every other aspect of the picture to be flawless in the hopes of being impressive, but somehow, it’s not. It doesn’t feel like recycled or tired material. It all feels… well, like a blast, really. I was in near-tears more than once.
There’s a handful of awesome performers here. Don’t expect to spot any marquee appearances from Americans, because you won’t find that. But you will most definitely find the effort exerted by this young group to respect-worthy. Everyone involved in the cast is dedicated to giving their all. Respect to the entire lot, from Hiski Hämäläinen to Enni Ojutkangas, these guys do a bang up job that had me nodding my head in admiration.
We’re into the fourth month of the year and I’ve already seen somewhere between 40 and 50 genre films of 2016. In that mix have been a few commercial releases, a handful of short films, a lot of micro releases, indie releases and a small handful of foreign affairs. Bunny the Killer Thing obviously slides into the foreign category, but it also, most certainly ranks among the absolute best I’ve seen inside the calendar year, regardless of categorization. Spotting insane and outlandish films that showcase superb technical refinement isn’t necessarily a common thing (you’d probably expect to see an idea like this explored in a cheap, uninspired American B-movie) these days, and that adds to the beauty of the film. Bunny the Killer Thing is every good thing about horror that it shouldn’t be. It’s an over-achiever but the laughs and jolts are nurtured and worthy of the fan esteem this pic will no doubt draw!