Hare-Raising Easter Horror Movies, From Shock to Shlock

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There are two popular seasons that the horror genre tends to use to unleash all kinds of mayhem. Halloween (Halloween, Trick or treats) and Christmas (black christmas, Krampus) tend to be the big winners. Masked killers and supernatural monsters seem to love this holiday. As limited as Easter-themed horror is, it does exist. Take that sigh of relief. Get ready for mutated bunnies, boiling chocolate, and blood so obviously fake and shiny it could be one of the colors of candy in a candy basket.

But that doesn’t mean the following movies are of the highest quality. It really is “shock” and “schlock” for a reason. Easter certainly brings out the craziest and weirdest story ideas. There is a perverse view of religion that borders on sacrilege. A science experiment gone wrong turns a doc into a mutated rabbit-like vigilante. The coloring of Easter eggs also poses a major threat, especially when there is no yolk inside but a very hungry ball of alien fur. If Halloween and Christmas have become famous, Easter might just be the black sheep of the holiday horror family.

Vacation (2016)


Easter Holidays-2016-Scary Jesus Bunny

This anthology covers all the special days of the calendar. St. Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day have their place, but the spookiest might just go to the Easter segment. It introduces a fear that isn’t so far-fetched. If the Bible says Jesus came back to life, isn’t there something disturbing about this ancient story of the living dead? A little girl (Ava Acres) finds out the hard way.

Director Nicholas McCarthy had to adapt his short film into a feature film, The pact, so he has the horror chops. There is certainly inspiration in hellraiser and all the “glorious wonders” of his infernal realm. The monstrous hybrid that appears is something straight out of nightmares, with strong satisfaction from having touched a wound along its ribs. He is uncomfortable and does not overstay his welcome. If you’ve ever wondered what you get when you mix an Easter Bunny and Jesus Christ, you’ll get this. Based on what follows on this list, perhaps Easter Horror should reach that level.

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Resurrection (1999)


Resurrection - 1999

Chicago becomes the city of a series of unholy murders. Two detectives (Christopher Lambert, Leland Orser) are put on the case, finding targeted victims to rebuild the body of Christ. Strangers, friends and loved ones are not safe with this “pious” killer on the loose. As the days tick down to Easter Sunday, detectives race around the clock before the endgame is reached.

Essentially it’s Se7fr if it took place during the period before Easter. In Resurrection, it is constantly raining. The color correction is so done to suit its gritty and gritty tone, but perhaps a bit too forced. It cannot be compared to the bleach bypass process used on Se7fr. The killer’s malice is on full display, with his victims alive and in pain when they die. The ending is extreme but not as dark as it should be. It even has actor Leland Orser, an unlucky victim in David Fincherdark crime thriller, which ends up not doing any better as one of the main cops.

Critters 2: The Main Dish (1988)


Critters 2 -1988

A victim in a rabbit costume is attacked. Bounty hunters arrive to help or add to the chaos, maybe both? For this small town of Grover’s Bend, it feels like the kind of place where its residents have fallen into tradition, where nothing new ever happens. Everything is about to change this holiday season. Directed by Mick Garristhere is also a horror veteran Lin Shaye among the cast, who takes an ax to defend himself instead of his trusty lantern to enter The Further.

Do you have to see the first one to understand this one? Not necessarily. The mythology is not complicated. By far, the best Easter-themed visual in this one are Critter Eggs mistaken for Easter Eggs. They are collected to be used for the next egg hunt. Some kids really take their time to carefully color in the patterns of the alien shells. Furballs with red eyes and rows of shark-like teeth are not to be messed with. They are still hungry, whether it’s human flesh or cheeseburgers. And when the Critter Ball forms, the townspeople better start running away. That is, unless they wish to be devoured so cleanly, only their skeleton is left behind. Creatures 2 is a B-movie, and he indulges in it all the way.

Lepus Night (1972)


Night of Lepus

An overpopulation of rabbits creates a big problem for a ranch town. A solution to end this crisis, unsurprisingly, causes a lot more problems. Soon the rabbits have mutated to huge sizes and they no longer want to eat carrots. They want to bite into human flesh. Upon release, this film was criticized for its lack of scares. It has since gained cult status for this review, and rightly so. But before the movie’s “monsters” are mentioned, there’s one Hollywood star in the cast that isn’t quite enough.

This is none other than the beginning of Scream Queen, Janet Leigha few years before his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis would inherit the crimson crown. Leigh is pretty dependable, even if she’s stuck playing a worried wife and mother. In what appears to be archival footage of a veritable overpopulation of rabbits, there is also a genuine urgency to this story. The initial crisis is not so far-fetched. But really, what audiences want to see are the Mutant Beasts. Compared to other creepy bunnies (looking at you Twilight Zone: The Movie), Night of Lepus is not creative enough. The close-ups of the sharp chompers they have in their mouths are frightening. Wide shots of fluffy normal sized bunnies scurrying over miniature sets, not so much. That’s the charm of this movie.

Easter Bunny Massacre (2021)


Easter Bunny Massacre - 2021

This is a more recent Easter horror entry, and it doesn’t really change what came before. Wearing a scary, scabies-like bunny mask, a killer rounds up a group of friends with the intention of getting revenge on them. Revenge for what? True to their slasher roots, these friends have a secret from the past. All kept their promise to remain silent, or so it seems.

Easter Bunny Massacre could have gone through a few more tweaks in post-production. The score is overwhelming, but not in building intensity. Sometimes the dialogue can’t even be heard. Which is pretty important when the main mystery matters a bit. Slow burns can be impressive in accumulation, but when Massacre is part of the title, one should rightly assume that there are many. It’s not quite the case, at least not right away. What happens in the opening and how it compels all the friends to make their silent pact is pretty clever though. Grab a snack to watch this one, but since boiling chocolate is used to blind a victim, maybe the runaway Hershey bunnies can wait.

Rot (2019)


Rot--2019-1

Adapted from a graphic novel, Dr. Peter Cotton (Corin Nemec) is bitten during a science experiment gone wrong. His hand transforms and then his whole body painfully transforms into his new Rottentail identity. This man-rabbit hybrid has blazing speed and frequently spits out one-liners. As for his childhood bullies, Rottentail hatches plans for revenge. He doesn’t want excuses, he wants bloodshed.

Stylized neon lighting covers the sets, reminiscent of Joel Schumacher Batman payments. Is it a laboratory where Dr. Cotton works or a nightclub? The story is as goofy as the production value. Cotton’s past and backstory are broadcast through a projector. The town he grew up in and plans to start leaving his path of carnage in is Easter Falls. The main bully (William McNamara) runs a corporate ministry, complete with a Jesus-centric jingle for TV commercials. When Rottentail crushes a victim’s head, he blurts out, “That’s a lot of blood for an airhead!” Even the movie’s tagline doesn’t help but let everyone know about the schlocky value: Hippity. Hopite. Homicide!

Beaster Day: Meet Peter Cottonhell (2014)


The Day of the Beast is Coming Peter Cottonhell

A giant, bloodthirsty Easter Bunny arrives in a town full of victims who don’t run away fast enough. With a mayor unwilling to act, a hopeful actress and an unhinged dog catcher are the town’s only hope. When the credits finally roll, is it so bad, is it good? At least he’s not waiting for the monster’s revelation.

The Beaster Bunny is therefore obviously a digitally placed puppet in the scenes. The deaths it causes happen somehow. In one scene, the monster swoops down on a victim, and the next, the victim is already dead. That’s if the Beaster Bunny doesn’t rip off a victim’s clothes for gratuitous nudity, though he still can’t top My Bloody Valentine 3D (if you know the scene, you know it). Despite all the hell he’s unleashing, the Beaster Bunny has a weakness that’s a little too easy to find. Again, this is the same movie where the city has a mental health facility promoting a cut-price lobotomy and where the mayor (John P. Fedele) steals a child’s pacifier, only to be nice enough to return the stick empty.


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