I don’t get why this movie was banned in the U.K. It was extremely boring and not nearly as depraved as I had thought it would be. If you’re looking to watch some exploitative torture movie then you’d have better luck checking out last year’s Serbian Film, which wasn’t particularly good either but at least it was made by competent filmmakers. The Bunny Game starts off showing us the daily life of a cocaine binging prostitute played by the films co-writer Rodleen Getsic, as she sells her body for cash and more cocaine for her to inhale. After a good 20 minutes or so of this she becomes kidnapped by Hog (Jeff Renfro) who keeps her shackled in his truck and tortures her for the remainder of the film.
The film will most likely appeal to 13-year-old boys looking for some edgy material that they can show all their friends and brag about how tough they are for watching it. Everyone else will most likely see the film for what it is: a group of people who know nothing about filmmaking deciding they will make the most shocking movie imaginable, but instead end up showing the rest of us how little they know about basic filmmaking techniques (let alone how to make a decent horror film). Defenders may attempt to call the film avant-garde or whatever, but just because you know who Jean-Luc Goddard is doesn’t mean you should be allowed to make all the jump cuts you want, and it doesn’t make your film any more “artistic”. While digital video has made it possible for some great films to be made on much more affordable budgets, it has also created lazy filmmakers who will shoot as much as possible and only once in the editing room do they try to find their film. Unfortunately, this technique will more often than not backfire and all you will be left with is a whole mess of useless garbage shots that have zero craftsmanship or technique to them.
Ironically, one of the last lines of the film said by Hog to the protagonist can fairly accurately sum up how I feel about this film: “Don’t you get it? Nobody cares, nobody hears you.”
The Bunny Game is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Author: Mark Crowell
Mark is a reviewer and intern for Cinedelphia and is a film student currently studying film and video in the directing program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He loves watching/writing/talking about film. Follow him on twitter: twitter.com/marklcrowell