9:15 PM | Blu-ray Reviews, Reviews, The Bunny Game with 0 comments »
The Bunny Game
Directors: Adam Rehmeier
Stars: Rodleen Getsic, Jeff Renfro
Studio: Autonomy Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 76 Mins
“The Bunny Game” is a film that has caused controversy for its subject matter. It’s already been banned in the United Kingdom. An interesting fact about this film, it’s partially inspired by real life experience of the film’s star Rodleen Getsic.
The film is about a junkie hooker (Rodleen Getsic), who hitches a ride and has sex with a mysterious trucker. Things take a turn for the worse, when the trucker knocks her out cold. Now, she’s trapped in his truck, where no one can hear her screams and cries. The trucker subjects her to torture and humiliation. Can she escape his grasp, before she becomes another victim?
After reviewing “The Turnpike Killer” a couple of months ago, I didn’t think that I would watch another disturbing film this year. I was so wrong about my thinking going into this film. “The Bunny Game” is even more disturbing than that film.
Director/co-writer Adam Rehmeier does a very good job making the direction very dark and shocking through the imagery. One of the things that make the imagery very dark was the fact that this film was shot in black and white, instead of the traditional color. I liked, the way that Rehmeier decided to shoot the film that way. It makes the violent images more shocking and graphic. It adds to the disturbing tone of the film. The other thing that makes this very disturbing was the way that he directed the lead performances. The performances felt realistic. You can have great directing, but you need actors to sell the characters and action to the audience. Rehmeier gets that from both Rodleen Getsic and Jeff Renfro. They both make the action so horrifying to the point that it became uneasy to watch at times. That’s what made all the horror aspects work so well. It’s so disturbing that I turned my back, while listening and reviewing the film’s commentary track.
The screenplay handled by Rehmeier and Getsic does a very good job making the story so horrifying that at time made me turn away from the screen. I liked, the way that the writers focuses on the horrific elements and the character’s descent into madness. It makes the story of the film very dark and shockingly realistic at times. There were some scenes, where it was downright horrifying to watch. I had to either turn away from the screen or put my notepad in front of my face. By making it that way, it achieves what the film is set out to do. If this film was the typical paint by the numbers horror film, than this would have been a totally different film and may have not worked as effectively like this film did.
The extras start off with the audio commentary track with director and co-writer Adam Rehmeier and star and co-writer Rodleen Getsic. This is a very good commentary track. Both Rehmeier and Getsic did a very good job going to the production and controversy surrounding the film. From stories on set to the production of the film, both of them go into very detail about their experiences and hurdles that they’ve encountered during the making of the film.
The next featurette on the disc is the film’s making of featurette “Caretaking the Monster”. This featurette features interviews from the film’s director Adam Rehmeier and the cast of the film. It goes into the experiences and problems that the director and cast encountered during the making of this film. It also goes into their personal thoughts about doing this film, which you don’t see in these making of featurettes. That’s what I want to see, instead of seeing behind the scene footage with no interviews from the people involved. Overall, this was a very informative featurette.
“The Bunny Game” is a very sick and disturbing film. It’s going to either shock you to the point that it makes you respect what the filmmakers are doing or you’ll quickly want to eject the disc out of your player. If you’re a fan of the “Saw” and “Hostel” films, then you’re going to like this.
Review Rating: Five Stars
Blu-Ray Extras: Three and a Half Stars