WriterCarl Lindbergh (screenplay) Release dateJune 21, 2011 (2011-06-21) (United States) CastCheryl Texiera (Rachel), Matthew Albrecht (John (as Matthew Philips)), Alaina Gianci (Tiffany), Veronica Wylie (Jenn), Scott Kuza (Jack / pops) Similar moviesHells Highway (2002), Cannibal Campout (1988), Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), Hillside Cannibals (2006), When a Killer Calls (2005)
Taglineall the pretty girls die young
Bunnyman (known as The Bunnyman Massacre in the United Kingdom) is a 2011 horror film written, directed and produced by Carl Lindbergh. The film spawned two sequels, Bunnyman 2 released in 2014, and Bunnyman Vengeance which release is TBD.
After showing 8 mm footage of a handcuffed woman being stabbed to death, the film switches to six friends who are driving through a desolate area when they find themselves being harassed by a truck driven by a man in a rabbit costume who refuses to communicate with, or show himself to, the travellers. He forces them to pull over and parks behind them. After an indeterminate length of time the costumed man drives away and kills a woman he was holding captive by ripping her in half with chains attached to his truck.
Eventually, the Bunnyman returns and causes the group's car to crash, killing Jack a short while later when he rams the vehicle from behind as Jack is working underneath it. The remaining five proceed to travel on foot, encountering a deranged hillbilly, a woman called Melissa and a man who advises them to seek shelter in a supposedly abandoned cabin nearby, saying they will return for them after a trip to the hospital. In reality, the two are disposing of the bodies of some of the Bunnyman's victims. En route to the cabin, two of the quintet spot the Bunnyman butchering bodies and he kills one of them with a chainsaw.
Chased to the cabin which belongs to the Bunnyman, the group loses two more members when Mike is killed with a chainsaw, and Tiffany is captured and tortured to death by the Bunnyman and his demented, hunchbacked accomplice, Pops. After the Bunnyman dismembers Tiffany's body and sits down to eat her flesh with Pops and Melissa, the remaining two travellers, Rachel and John, are captured while trying to get Melissa's car keys. As Melissa prepares to murder a bound Rachel, John manages to free himself from his restraints, kills Melissa and takes her keys and car.
As John and Rachel flee they are chased by the Bunnyman's truck. Concocting a plan the two pull over and John exits the vehicle carrying an unmoving Rachel who he offers to the Bunnyman. The Bunnyman hesitantly takes Rachel and places her in the cab of his truck, where she springs to life and stabs him in the neck with a pair of scissors, wounding him, and she kicks him out onto the road and driving away after John gets into the truck. As Rachel laments "We're going to need a lot of therapy" the wounded Bunnyman is shown walking off into the sunset. The credits then roll, alongside more 8mm footage depicting what appears to be the young Bunnyman and his family.
Cheryl Texiera as Rachel
Matthew Phillips as John/Bunnyman
Matthew Stiller as Mike/Bunnyman
Alaina Agianci as Tiffany
Veronica Wylie as Jennifer
Scott Kuza as Jack/Pops
David Scott as Joe
Lucia Sullivan as Melissa
Joseph Darden as Jacob
Joshua Lang as Bunnyman/Bunnyman Victim/Truck Driver
Carl Lindbergh as Bunnyman
Rebecca Scott as Bunnyman Victim
Karen Brown Cronin as Bunnyman Victim
Andrew Chavez as Victim
Shelby Stingley as Bunnyman Victim
A score of one out of five was awarded by Vegan Voorhees, which described the film as "idiotic" and concluded the review with, "Despite director/writer/producer/actor Lindbergh's impressive enough camera work and production polish, everything that happens in Bunnyman happens wrong. Like a bitter, out of date Easter egg, it's shiny and pretty on the outside and sickening under the foil". 28 Days Later Analysis called Bunnyman an incompetent and frustrating mess, gave it a "generous" three out of ten, and wrote "atrocious acting, zero character development, no tension, zero sense of pacing, poorly written, continuity errors abound, audio problems, ADR and dubbing, poorly written characters, forced tension, meandering story, etc." Gorepress also gave an overwhelmingly negative critique, stating "The Bunnyman Massacre is literally the worst film I've seen in years. Decades, even. Why? Well – simply put – because it's appallingly made on every single level".