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An Interview with Carl Lindbergh, Director of Bunnyman Vengeance

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2017

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Your new movie Bunnyman Vengeance - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The adventures of Bunnyman, a nomadic serial killer, continue in the third and final film in the Bunnyman franchise. The man known as Bunnyman returns home to find his adoptive family running a haunted house attraction. The family reluctantly welcomes him home, but soon realize they cannot domesticate a wild animal.

 

What fascinated you enough about your Bunnyman to come back to the character time and again?

 

There were a couple of factors in returning to the franchise. The opportunity came up to film at a haunted house, and that wasnít a opportunity that I wanted to turn down. A fully working haunted house dropped into you lap, at your disposal, isnít something that just comes around every day. I also felt that I still had some creative ideas I wanted to fulfill with the franchise. I wanted to fill in Bunnymanís backstory since that was something fans kept asking me for. I also felt I could strike a balance between horror and dark humor better.

 

Your sources of inspiration when writing Bunnyman Vengeance?

 

The most obvious inspiration would the film Forbidden Zone (1980), which you can see in the ďdream sequenceĒ of the film. The less obvious inspiration would be films like the Evil Dead franchise, Return of the Living Dead etc. where horror isnít necessarily trying to be only scary, but it can also be fun. Iím also influenced by Tim Burton and Ridley Scott, where I try to build a world that these character inhibit.

 

With Bunnyman Vengeance you have moved away quite a bit from the slasher formula that was the basis of the original Bunnyman - why is that, and how would you put the three Bunnyman movies in relation to one another?

 

With every subsequent Bunnyman film Iíve been trying to fix (what I perceive to be) the previous film's flaws. I didnít just want to repeat the formula each movie, but explore more of the character of Bunnyman. For example when I watch Friday the 13th, I just want to see Jason pop up on screen. So I thought, why not just move the Bunnyman films more into the narrative of Bunnymanís journey and not the random victims he encounters. Iíve always felt Jason was the most interesting aspect of the Friday the 13th films, so Iím still mystified why they havenít made a film just about him.

 

Do talk about Bunnyman Vengeance's approach to horror for a bit!

 

My approach with the Bunnyman franchise has always been about trying to do things unique and creative in the genre. I donít want to make a horror film and tread the same ground countless other horror films have done before.

 

One approach was to center Bunnyman Vengeance on the perceived ďantagonistĒ of the film. To start the film with Bunnyman killing a little kid, then alter the audienceís perception of the killer, and by the end of the film have the audience rooting for Bunnyman to kill. The other aspect was designing creative kills that I havenít seen before. In previous films of the franchise, Iíve had the ďfinal girlĒ commit suicide rather than deal with the killer, Bunnyman get on a school bus and kill a whole bunch of kids. These are things Iíve never seen happen in a horror film, and thatís always been the genesis of BunnymanÖ do things others have not.

 

With this film Iíve designed a few kills that I feel are very creative. One kill sequence was all about a spiderís perspective of events. The spider is put on a girl, then the spider is scared and crawls into her mouth for safety. Eventually the girlís head is blown off, and the spider (dazed and confused) crawls along the floor and continues about itís day. Itís dark humor for sure, but itís a unique perspective of a kill. A second kill I designed is only half visual, and the other half audio only. A girl is thrown into a well in a scene, and thatís the last you see of her. However thatís only half the scene, as the rest plays out only by her audible screams and her ultimate death by a tire. That was interesting to me, because that kill scene has nothing to do with what you see on the screen, but rather what the audience imagines it to be.

 

You just have to talk about your main location, and what was it like filming there? And how did you find it even?

 

I drove 4 hours to a horror convention to try and pitch/get a meeting with Jason Blum (Blumhouse Entertainment). I wasnít able to get the meeting, and I was upset I drove that far for nothing. I wandered through the horror convention distraught, and ran across someone who just happened to own a haunted house in the same small city that I live in. We started talking and hit it off. I worked at the haunted house during the Halloween season, and then was able to film at the haunted house during the off season. It was a situation of making lemonade out of lemonsÖ but it was also perhaps fate/destiny that when one door closes, another opens. I still feel thatís too coincidental to just happen by circumstance.

 

In regards to filming at the locations, letís just say there was lots of black window spiders and you never wanted to brush up against the wall. Thereís extras on the Blu-ray release that chronicle the shooting experience.

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

One aspect of my approach to this film (and my approach to filmmaking in general) is to take a very artistic approach. I believe in experimenting and exploring ideas. If a actor has a idea, we explore it. I see no harm in trying one approach, failing at it, learning and trying something new.

 

Do talk about your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

I cast the film with all African American leads. Partly to subvert the audience expectations of what a Bunnyman 3 should be like. I also cast these actors because it gets boring making movies with ďrandom group of attractive teensĒ in peril. Itís been done a thousand times before, so why bother copying that formula.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

We shot for 18 days. 6 days on, 1 day off. To keep costs low we shot everything within a 30 miles radius, and I housed the cast and crew in my house. Everyone was professional on set, and worked very hard. We had one actor quit and try to blackmail the production. However he was immediately replaced and we didnít loose a day of shooting. However part of my job as the producer is to run a calm set, so most of the cast and crew donít even know this happened. Itís very challenging to be a producer and director on a film. I find when Iím in this situation, I donít have a support system that would help immeasurably.

 

The $64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?

 

Bunnyman Vengeance will be released on digital 10/20 and DVD/BD on 11/21 from Uncorkíd Entertainment.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Bunnyman Vengeance?

 

I donít follow the audience or critical reception of my films, so I have no idea what the response is. I do have fans reach out to me in emails, and I do hear things through them. However I donít seek out peopleís opinions of my work. Making a film is a personal creative process I go through. Once I finish the film, Iím at peace with it and I move on. Itís sort of like a break up, in that when the film is done I have closure and I just donít want to re-open that experience that I lived through.

 

I've read it more than once that Bunnyman Vengeance is supposed to be the last Bunnyman-film - is this true and set in stone, or do you think you could be persuaded to do another Bunnyman-movie eventually?

 

I have no plans to do anymore Bunnyman films. I am completely redoing Bunnyman 1 with a new edit, new VFX, new score, and a few additional scenes. That film is known as Bunnyman: Grindhouse Edition. I revisited the film since I got the filmís rights back, and I had a opportunity to fix the problems with the film. As an artist I often wonder at what point do you realize your creative endeavor is complete? When does a painter realize his painting is done? When does a musician realize his song is complete? Perhaps I thought about this too much, and decided to endlessly tinker with the original Bunnyman film? However the film is immeasurable better for having been remade. I can actually finally tolerate watching it on screen now.

 

Making Bunnyman: Grindhouse Edition was also partly a way for me to close the Bunnyman chapter of films in my career. Of course my mind wonders if there was another Bunnyman film, what would it be like? I only see two options, 1) a higher budget production to reboot the franchise and 2) a entire Bunnyman film set in the ďdream sequenceĒ of Bunnyman Vengeance which I think would be challenging and creatively liberating.

Bunnyman: Grindhouse Edition-trailer: https://youtu.be/xT_m3Ezqmkk

 

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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I just wanted to thank the fans for the support. It means the world to me, and something I truly cherish. I also wanted to thank my awesome actors for going above and beyond what was asked for them. The film could not have been made without them.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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