Sunday, September 30, 2012

Serial Rabbit 3: Splitting Hares (2009) Review

Serial Rabbit 3: Splitting Hares poster
Director: Brett Mauser
Stars: Bradley Bates, Sergio Cantu, Amanda Nutting
Genre: Horror, Comedy, B-Movie

The conclusion to the Rabbit trilogy. From Ponderous Productions, the guys who brought us such classics as Tag or the Innocence Saga. What's that? You never heard of those films? Yeah, I didn't expect you to.

Ponderous Productions is a very independent and well...generally unrecognized group of people. I watched a short 35 minute documentary about their history on YouTube.

Anyway, Serial Rabbit 3 is the first I've watched of their work. Apparently the first Serial Rabbit came out in 2005, but I couldn't find a copy of it. I can't find any traces of a second one though, and I'm unsure if a second one even exists. Did they just skip to the third one? Well, the third one is available on Netflix so I gave it a watch.

Serial Rabbits 3: Splitting Hares is a film that doesn't take itself seriously, and doesn't expect you to either. It's a b-movie slasher with a heavy emphasis on comedy. And it's quite enjoyable if you know what you're getting in to. 

I usually prefer my b-movies to unintentionally funny, but even though Serial Rabbit 3 is very intentionally funny and silly, it actually works. Some of the jokes were quite funny and well done. Like the guy who talks to himself and is eventually killed by himself, or the constant breaking of the fourth wall. The whole film is one big joke.

There's no artistic merit in this, besides some of the jokes perhaps. It's obviously shooting for the so-bad-it's-good appeal. The film knows it, the cast and crew knows it, and the viewer knows it. So just sit back and enjoy it.

If you couldn't of already guessed the plot is mostly about a man dressed up as a Rabbit who kills people. For some reason in this one he breaks his tradition of killing on Easter and instead kills on Christmas. I have no idea why, he just does. It takes place in Texas though so don't expect a snowy setting.

Serial Rabbit 3: Splitting Hares review

So besides the porno plot, we get to see plenty of tits by the way, there's really not much to this film. I don't know whether or not the soundtrack is original, but the music that plays every time the rabbit appears is pretty memorable. So kudos in that respect. The acting is what you'd expect from a b-movie, so are the effects. So is everything actually. But I'd say this is one of the better newer b-movies I've seen, simply because the humor is actually funny.

If you're looking for a serious and artistic film, you will hate this. If you know what you're getting in to, and are a fan of cheesy b-movies, you will love it and have a great time and even a few good laughs. 

3/5 stars

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