Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!
Directed and written by Chad Ferrin
Produced by Trent Haaga
Starring Timothy Muskatell, Ricardo Gray, Charlotte Marie, David Z. Stamp, Jose I. Lopez
Distributed by Cruxy.com
Easter. It is Nicholas’ favorite holiday. Even at sixteen, Nicholas, who is mentally retarded, still believes in the Easter Bunny and loves to paint eggs. But this Easter things take a sour turn when Nicholas is left in the care of his mom’s new boyfriend Remington, a sleazeball through and through who has slithered his way into her heart. Once Remington and Nicholas are alone, he torments the boy for fun before heading out to find some hookers and cocaine, leaving Nicholas to now deal with Ray, a man with a particular taste for handicapped children. But lurking in the shadows of the house is a crazed killer wearing an Easter Bunny mask, armed with a toolbox full of nasty implements, and possessing a singular desire to dispatch any who step inside the house. As the bodies begin to pile up, one thing is certain… this year there will be no resurrection!
Vile. Repulsive. Remorseless. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when watching this independent film from Chad Ferrin. And those are just in the first twenty minutes alone. Wait till the character introductions are out of the way and the ball really starts rolling, and words like “shocking,” “disgusting,” and the always appreciated classic “gross” are sure to follow. Ferrin juggles these descriptive adjectives with the greatest of ease, and along with a script that he also wrote, shamelessly wallows in filth with this cinematic outing. Ferrin’s grimy style will make all but the most debased and jaded viewer need to take a long hot shower after taking in a viewing.
With a steady hand and a competent eye, Ferrin exudes a very professional look to his indie film that flies in the face of the blatantly grotesque subject matter, with well thought-out cinematography and nicely paced editing. Ferrin shows off his knack for timing shots to draw out suspenseful moments, and plays with the dark shadows of the house setting for some very creepy moments followed by gleefully over-the-top splatter. There is a genuine love for the genre to be found hiding in the corners of the house, as well as specific winks of influence from the likes of The Driller Killer and The Toolbox Murders, and while it does take over half the film for the titular critter to make his appearance, the wait is well worth it.
Although the slasher-inspired stalk-and-kill second half of the film has some great moments, it is main star Timothy Muskatell as Remington who absolutely steals every scene he is in and oozes a sickly slime over every frame his bloated face appears in. Looking like some demented mutation between Ron Jeremy and a 1950s greaser well beyond his prime, Muskatell chomps on a cigar just as well as he chews up his lines, and shows absolutely no reservation in bringing this monstrosity to life. Muskatell has worked with Ferrin several times before this, and the strength of those collaborations shows through with a performance that Ferrin is able to squeeze every drop of stale beer out of. There is no doubt Muskatell will make you sick to your stomach like few characters you’ve ever met before.
Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! is just the kind of gut punch indie horror needs, both for its original and unapologetic story and for its raw execution. Despite its limited budget and limited change of scenery, the film never lets any potential weaknesses slow it down, and charges through its 85-minute running time like a coked-up dusthead whose eaten one too many chocolate bunnies. The hunt is on, and this year it isn’t for dyed eggs, but for those who dare enter the home of little Nicholas.
Originally filmed in 2006, Chad Ferrin and producer Trent Haaga attempted to find distribution for their movie again and again, only to be turned down every time. In order to bring his film to the masses, the pair have turned to digital self-distribution through Cruxy.com. Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! is available exclusively online and can be purchased for only $3.99. Once downloaded, the file is yours to keep. This is a huge file with a very high resolution picture, and features no artifacting or pixelation when watching it. If you’ve ever felt the need to support true independent cinema, now is the time to do it!