Likely, the most difficult subgenre in horror comes finding the careful balancing act of horror and comedy, and mixing it with b-movie style can result in over-the-top insanity and gut aching laughs or misses it completely as if trying to stop on black ice. Director Tony Jopia (Dawning of the Dead (2017) and Crying Wolf 3D (2015)) presents and odd quirky film entitled Cute Little Buggers from writers Garry Charles and Andy Davie, based from a story by Kristofer Dayne and Tony. Therefore, with a bizarre plot and insanely kooky characters this film brings pure filmmaking passion to the screen and available thanks to Uncork’d Entertainment.
Sometimes movies fall into a group so bad is good, this appears to strive for it, but wears a tad too thin, while aching to capture the humor of Shaun of the Dead (2004) or even Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) however a cheesy script never quite makes up for the odd humor. The film tries to bring fear into the species of bunnies (rabbits) however clearly Night of the Lepus (1972) has nothing to fear it won’t find itself replaced by this flick. In addition, the style represents an amateurish design, though this actually is perceived as intentional, the concept and delivers what one expects for absurdity running amok.
Set in rural England as an oozing cheesy sci-fi B-movie about killer rabbits and aliens while definitely not taking any of it seriously, so put your brain on autopilot. not supposed to take it seriously. Melchior (Kristofer Dayne) returned home to bring his distant father Burt (Tim Hope) the news of the death of his mother, but it doesn’t go well while there he learns about his ex-girlfriend Rose (Lydie Misiek), who’s engaged to ego-maniacal Charles (Samar Sarila). Meanwhile the endangered alien race is searching earth for females to mate with, impregnating them with an alien spawn, so they can avoid extinction yeah something like Dr. Alien, however these creatures highly incompetent aliens (Dan Abrams, Steve Aaron-Sipple). Hence the usage of bunnies disguised as the awful CGI tentacle hunters, doing the attacks, which police officer James (John R. Walker) stumbles upon a horribly mutilated body in the woods, but his superior Chief Inspector George Niven (David G. Robinson) dismisses it all. I’ll refrain from discussing much of the plot since it will give away the solution to battle the aliens, however the alien name ‘Brian’ is quite hilarious and PC Hitchins (Sara Dee) delivers double entendres at every opportunity.
Sometimes the language in a film may make it suffer the most and herein it seems as if every other word tends to identify with a curse word, and never really serving any point. Sadly, the special effects pull the film further down into a muck, and never really improves dramatically, all while trying to achieve a carnage bloodbath at a down-home rock event but failing terribly. Another aspect which hurts comes from a lengthy runtime of 108-minutes, many times one could see where the editing was desperately needed, as the film plods, clearly effect the pacing. A few of the individual characters work the best to deliver the right infliction on the lines, but often it never connects.
This move strives better than an original SyFy production and likely succeeded with a proper rewrite of the script, practical effects and pacing working with a clearer storyline. Now if you seek a twitchy nose and a bunny good time then try Beaster Day (2014), followed by Forever Dead (2007) and finally Night of the Lepus (1972) before entering into and overextended Cute Little Buggers. instead of going practical.
IMDb Rating: 4.3/10
Baron’s Rating: 4/10