Easter Bloody Easter Review

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Director: Diane Foster

Writer: Allison Lobel

Stars: Diane Foster, Kelly Grant, Allison Lobel

Easter Bloody Easter throws its hat – or rather, its floppy ears – into the horror-comedy ring, aiming for a cult classic status.  Directed by Diane Foster, the film pits a Texas housewife against a murderous Jackalope and its demonic bunny brigade on Easter weekend.

The story centers around Jeanie (Foster), a recovering alcoholic ostracized by her overly pious small town. When teenagers get slaughtered by the Jackalope in the church basement, Jeanie becomes reluctantly entangled in the mystery.  Adding to the chaos is Mary Lou (Allison Lobel), the town’s self-righteous gossip queen, who throws suspicion Jeanie’s way.

The film’s biggest selling point is its ridiculous premise.  A vengeful Jackalope leading an Easter-themed massacre? It’s undeniably absurd and has the potential for comedic gold.  The creature design itself is appropriately outrageous, a hulking monstrosity that wouldn’t look out of place in a Five Nights at Freddy’s game.

Easter Bloody Easter walks a tightrope between horror and comedy, with uneven results.  The opening scene, featuring clumsy teenagers meeting their demise, leans heavily into unintentional humor thanks to over-the-top accents and acting.  This sets the tone for the first half, which throws out more camp elements than scares.  However, the humor can be frustratingly inconsistent.  There are moments of genuine laugh-out-loud absurdity, but they’re often overshadowed by awkward attempts at slapstick or forced dialogue.

The film’s whodunit element adds a layer of intrigue, keeping the plot from becoming a one-note monster mash.  Jeanie’s investigation, while not particularly complex, provides some welcome focus amidst the comedic chaos.  The reveal of the Jackalope’s identity is suitably bizarre, adding to the film’s overall camp appeal.

Unfortunately, Easter Bloody Easter struggles with pacing. The middle section drags, bogged down by unnecessary subplots and repetitive scenes of bunny carnage.  The film’s runtime feels bloated, especially considering its limited scope.

The performances are another mixed bag.  Foster does a decent job as Jeanie, imbuing her with a weary resilience that makes her a somewhat relatable protagonist.  Lobel chews the scenery delightfully as Mary Lou, although the character’s constant sniping can become tiresome.  The supporting cast is largely forgettable, with some actors falling into the trap of overacting to match the film’s heightened tone.

The film finally embraces its camp potential in the final act.  The climactic showdown is a gloriously gory mess, featuring outlandish weapons, absurd one-liners, and buckets of fake blood.  While the effects are undeniably low-budget, they fit seamlessly with the film’s overall aesthetic.

Easter Bloody Easter is a film that will likely find a devoted audience among fans of campy horror.  Its ridiculous concept, outrageous gore, and moments of genuine humor offer a unique Easter-themed viewing experience.  However, the film’s uneven pacing, inconsistent tone, and forgettable supporting cast hold it back from achieving cult classic status.

If you’re looking for a serious horror film, steer clear.  But if you’re in the mood for a goofy, bloody Easter romp filled with killer bunnies and small-town secrets, Easter Bloody Easter might just hatch its way into your heart (and maybe leave you with a slight case of the giggles).

Rating: 6/10