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WHAT IT IS

In the tradition of holiday-themed horror movies like Silent Night Deadly Night, Thankskilling, Happy Slay-bor Day, and Infernal Vernal: Equinox of Terror, comes…

Bunny … the blood soaked, sinister tale of a town obsessed with Easter.   The meddling of a noted anthropologist, an obsessed group of Easter Bunny cultists and a newly transplanted cop end up sabotaging their Easter festivities by awakening an anthropomorphic bunny demon. Soon they discover the long storied mythology of the real Easter Bunny, and realize that the legendary floppy-eared hellbeast is hopping down the bunny trail to their doom.

Early Make Up Test
Early Make Up Test
What came first - the 7 foot tall killer Easter Bunny or the giant, demonic egg
What came first - the 7 foot tall killer Easter Bunny or the giant, demonic egg
Easter egg hunt gone horribly wrong
Easter egg hunt gone horribly wrong

WHY EASTER?

Why Not? It started as a "You know what would be fun and utterly ridiculous..." discussion last Easter that morphed into a full throttle exploration of how pagan rituals get lost in religion, religion gets lost in consumerism and, well, stories that shouldn't be lost come back to bite us in the ass or tear us limb from limb. Our Bunny is a creature of mythic proportions, like the dragon or the werewolf, and we loved the idea of a creature feature featuring a creature not usually featured.

A BIT ABOUT US

Yokai Films is a Chicago based video production company with over 50 years of shared guerrilla filmmaking experience.  From award winning short films, to hit parody sketches to a religious satirical feature film - we've tackled a wide array of productions.

We thrive in the realm of the absurd and have a great admiration for dark comedy and horror. 

If you haven't checked out the teaser above, please do.  This is our 2nd feature film produced with Kickstarter money.  Check out the trailer for our first feature here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IoE054QPrE.  

Look familiar - Principal Blackman (IRL - Greg Hollimon) from "Stranger's with Candy" made an appearance.
Look familiar - Principal Blackman (IRL - Greg Hollimon) from "Stranger's with Candy" made an appearance.
World whip record holder Adam "crack" Winrich leads a group of soul-sucked monsters
World whip record holder Adam "crack" Winrich leads a group of soul-sucked monsters

We also made this Care Bear action parody gem which we're sure you'll enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCy2A_zbfLQ

No more playing nice with these Care Bears
No more playing nice with these Care Bears

WHY DO WE NEED TO RAISE MONEY

We don't want to just make a film, we want to deliver a memorable horror film experience that will literally change the way you think about Easter for years to come.  Great makeup, good actors, unique locations, realistic practical fx, these all cost money, and unfortunately more money then we have.

Last time we made a movie, director Chris Sato (true story) lived in an abandoned floor where he worked in order to save money and keep the film funded.  He lived there for 7 months!  He ate mostly canned food, could only take a shower at the gym, and poured everything he had into keeping the film going.  He then got caught, kicked out and filming nearly stopped.  We raised our money as we went with our last movie and it was not the way to do it.  It took too long, made us sacrifice on key elements, and kept our crew a bit too slim for the incredibly ambitious film we set out to make. 

With Bunny we want to do things right.  And with this surge of money up front we can really plan out the film thoroughly, and make the movie we want to make.  Something we've never really had the chance to do.

WE HAVEN'T BEEN SITTING AROUND

Here is the poster for the film designed by professional poster artist Akiko Stehrenberger.  She's done posters for Spring Breakers, Her, Blue Ruin and Funny Games just to name a few.

Check out more of her brilliant work at http://akikomatic.com

EARLY TRACTION

We've gotten some huge support from some well known places already just under one week in.  I think this really goes to show people's interest in making this absurd film a reality.  

Hellraiser creator Clive Barker showed us some love on Facebook.  We got a glowing write-up from one of horror's all time greats.
Hellraiser creator Clive Barker showed us some love on Facebook. We got a glowing write-up from one of horror's all time greats.
We were an instant hit on Fangoria's Facebook page.  Nearly 1,200 likes and over 400 shares in 5 hours!  The only thing that beat us on their wall was ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD.  I'd say we're in good company.
We were an instant hit on Fangoria's Facebook page. Nearly 1,200 likes and over 400 shares in 5 hours! The only thing that beat us on their wall was ASH vs THE EVIL DEAD. I'd say we're in good company.

 EARLY SKETCHES

While there is a real history behind how the Bunny became part of Easter, below are some concept sketches of our utterly fabricated Easter Bunny lore in difference cultures throughout history. Enjoy! 

OUR TAKE ON EASTER CARDS

Enjoy these twisted takes on classic Easter cards.  "He has risen" seems a lot more terrifying in the world of our film.  

He's coming
He's coming
You'll never look at carrots the same.
You'll never look at carrots the same.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of making a feature film are very complex - just the scale alone freezes many talented artists from taking that first step. Every day on set is a battle of fatigue, inspiration, and resources.

We feel up to the task because we've done it before. We risked it all, nearly went broke in the process but ended up making the film we wanted to make. And everyone involved, including our donors, were thrilled with our final cut. We feel it's time for us to take the next step forward and make our second feature. We are excited by our story, excited by the mythology we get to explore, excited by the crew we have on standby for this project, excited to ruin Easter for many years to come, and thrilled to have the opportunity of facing the challenges of another feature film.

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    KID'S AREN'T ALWAYS CUTE
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