With the upcoming release of Carl Lindbergh’s Bunnyman 2 this October 25th, I had the pleasure of talking to the man behind the rabbit suit, Carl Lindbergh, regarding everything Bunnyman 2 and beyond, check out our interview below along with a few exclusive photos from the upcoming sequel.
Lets just say, Bunnyman 2 looks and sounds as if it is going to be off the freaking hook, and I can’t wait!
Deth_Banger: Maybe this is just me, but I’ve always pictured the Easter bunny as one freaking demented serial killer, there is just something not right when that bunny is always so damn happy. Where did the inspiration of The Bunnyman come from?
Carl Lindbergh:“And there is definitely something not right when that Easter Bunny is carrying a chainsaw and coming towards you
The inspiration was to create an antagonist that I have never seen in a film before, and to play up that contradictory image of something “innocent” doing something incredibly bad. This sentiment is also echoed with the bloody school bus sign in Bunnyman 2.”
DB: At the end of the first film we see some 8mm footage of what appears to be a young Bunnyman and his family, have you ever thought about delving deeper into that, perhaps a prequel?
CL “I’m glad you brought up the super 8 footage. The opening and ending super 8 scenes were cut out of the TV version of Bunnyman, so many people have probably not seen these scenes. I found this especially disheartening since I shot the footage myself, and I’m still surprised I was even able to load the film camera myself, let alone shoot something with the camera.
To answer your question though, the super 8 was meant to allude to his past. They were kept vague, as any musician will tell you about his/her lyrics, so that the audience can infuse their own interpretation to the images. However, his origin will be explained in flashbacks in Bunnyman 3. I can say though, his upbringing is tragic.”
DB :I’ve already fell in love with sequel after initially watching the trailer, where did the idea come from to involve a massacre on a school bus?
CL: “That idea popped into my head when I was stopped at a stop sign. I looked over at a school bus sign, and thought it was symbolic of “happiness, children”. Then naturally the next thing popped into my head was, as with most things, it would look better with blood splattered on it I fell in love with the contradictory image of something happy and pure, tainted by something evil. From that, the pieces just fell into place, what stops next to a bus stop, a bus…. etc.
I also thought that’s a pretty damn good way to open a film. The scene tells the audience in the opening 10 minutes, that there is nothing off limits in the world of Bunnyman, and as the trailer attests, this time Bunnyman is pissed off.”
DB: With the sequel set for a release date in the U.S. on October 25th, will there be any possibility of a limited theatrical release?
CL: “I sure as heck welcome the idea ! That would be up to the distributor, and if they feel the cost of such a release would be financially beneficial to them.”
DB: Any word on if/when the sequel will be released in the UK?
CL: “I’m still in post on the film, and haven’t begun to shop it around to distributors. However, since Bunnyman 1 was released in UK, I would argue with a potential distributor that there is brand awareness in UK for the Bunnyman franchise. All my previous films have seen a release in UK as well, so I certainly hope to continue the tradition.”
DB: Can we expect to see some truly gory scenes at the hands of Bunnyman and Joe (David Scott) in the sequel as the original was lacking a bit in the gore department?
CL: “Yes, there is more gore. As you can see in the trailer, we’ve already doubled the body count…. and that was just in the trailer ! I will say though, that the film is not reliant on gore. The film is much more then just people being killed. I’m certain fans will talk about the unique kills in the film, but I also believe what will resonate with the fans is Bunnyman and Joe’s relationship.
As a filmmaker, it’s easy just to write a $5,000 check to a effects company and ask for effects. That in my opinion is shortchanging the audience, and myself as a filmmaker. If you take the average horror film, say 10% of the screen time is gore. My job I feel as a artist, in order to make myself grow as a filmmaker, it to make sure my audience enjoys the 90% of the rest of the film as well. I think when someone boasts his/her horror movie has lots of blood and gore in it, my response, “great, you were able to write a check…. now show me a movie, something to put the gore in context, and then I will respect your work”. That’s why I don’t have any interest in the “torture porn” sub-genre, because watching 2 hours of blood with no context is not appealing. I feel that is why there is backlash now against torture porn.
There needs to be some context in which you see all the carnage happen on the screen. That brings me back to the school bus scene, and why I think it was interesting in the first place. It was not the fact that 20 people are killed, but the context and dark sense of humor of how it happens. In other words, yes I will bring the blood and gore in a film, but I will put some thought into it, rather then just writing a check to some effects guy to spray blood at the screen.”
DB: One of my pet hates of the original Bunnyman film was the costume, it looked a little too new, will the costume remain the same?
CL: “I completely agree with you, and I should be called out on that. It was a mistake I made, and I cringe when I see a lot of those scenes. I have fixed the problem. That is partly why there is a part 2, to fix what was wrong with part 1. Bunnyman means business this time around, so he has military boots on, black gloves, the tail is gone, and for the love of God and all that is holy, Bunnyman is now dirty and bloody!”
DB: Have you ever thought about returning to the world you created with Shattered Lives, perhaps venturing into a sequel or maybe a sequel giving us a better insight into clown dolls?
CL: “If someone would finance it, I would go back. I feel the clowns were the most interesting aspect of the film, and I’ve grown exponentially as a filmmaker, so I think I could do them justice if I got another crack at it. I absolutely am in love with the film “The Forbidden Zone”, so if there ever will be a Shattered Lives 2, I can imagine it being very much influenced by this film. I sure as heck would follow Melo and Lelo on a “trip” into their world.”
DB: Are there any future projects planned for you?
CL: “Yes. I have Blood Angel, which deals with Nazi’s and time travel. It’s a horror film inspired by Clive Barker’s work. It’s a mixture of blood, gore, bondage, S+M, lots of nudity all mixed into one. Here is the teaser for the film….
As I mentioned previously, going with the idea everything is better with blood splattered on it. What’s better then a school bus sign splattered with blood? Why of course, hot chicks splattered in Blood. I have to improve, evolve as a filmmaker after all…. right?
I also have Bunnyman 3 that I’m developing. Whichever I can secure financing for first, will be the next film made.”