I’m ready to blow that fucking bunny’s head off.

Holiday-themed movies tend to fit within a single genre. There’s Halloween for horror, Valentine’s for romance, and family movies for Christmas. But horror movies love to break the rules and fuck shit up, so of course there are horror movies about Easter. Maybe you hadn’t considered the Easter bunny as a horror monster on a murder spree, but I bet you need to see that now.

I’ve compiled a list to help you scratch that itch.

Easter Bunny, Kill Kill! (2006)

Rating: 4.8 on IMDB.
Easterness: Through the roof (unlike its budget).
Availability: DVD & Blu-Ray from Amazon. Netflix DVD rental.

Dressed as the Easter Bunny, a madman targets vile lowlifes who torment a boy.

Look, this movie has no budget. Seriously, I doubt the existence of any money they may claim to have spent in the making of this movie. And that’s okay, but you should know what you’re getting into.

There are actually a lot more Easter-themed horror movies with zero production value, but since they all look pretty much the same, I figured one was enough representation, and this one seems like the best. If you are interested in more zero-budget movies, check out: Kottentail, The Night Before Easter, and the Serial Rabbit series.

Easter Sunday (2014)

It’s been 24 years since the serial killer Douglas Fisher was executed on Easter night. This year, a group partying teenagers not only raise some hell, but literally raise the dead.

Rating: 6.6
Easterness: So Easter.
Availability: You’ll have to catch a screening at a festival for now. Keep up with the official Facebook page for news.

Okay, I lied – this list definitely needed more cheap bunny murder effects. And I couldn’t leave this one off the list, since it stars the late, great Robert Zdar. Plus, it had a Kickstarter, so there’s proof that it had a nonzero budget. Could this be the creme of the microbudget grindhouse Easter bunny horror crop?

Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)

A batch of unhatched critter eggs are mistaken for Easter eggs by the country-folk inhabitants of Grover’s Bend and, before long, the ferocious furballs are on the rampage again.

Rating: 5.2 on IMDB.
Easterness: High. The fact that it’s Easter is part of the premise.
Availability: Stream from Amazon, iTunes, or Xbox Video. DVD from Amazon or Netflix rental.

A sequel to a movie that’s not a ripoff of Gremlins and was totally written first, you guys. It’s probably not critically important to watch the first movie first. I’m not getting the impression that the plot is complicated.

Atrocious (2010)

Two teenage siblings endure a terrifying experience while investigating a rural legend near their family’s vacation home.

Rating: 5.1
Easterness: Moderate. It’s set during Easter and it’s about two siblings who return home for the holidays.
Availability: Stream from Amazon, iTunes, or Xbox Video. DVD from Amazon or Netflix rental.

This looks more along the lines of a “standard” horror movie. Also, having spoiled myself on the plot, the twist at the end is intriguing enough that I’d watch it despite its unfortunate title.

Resurrection (1999)

Chicago homicide detectives John Prudhome and Andrew “Andy” Hollingsworth are assigned to investigate a gruesome murder, and both become entangled in the plot of a serial killer whose goal is to recreate the body of Christ.

Rating: 6.1
Easterness: High, but more Christ and less rabbit.
Availability: This one is pretty hard to find. It doesn’t seem to be rentable from Netflix. Here’s its Amazon listing, but as of now there are only used copies available.

It sort of looks like an Easter-themed ripoff of Se7en. I doubt it’s as good as Se7en, but that’s setting a pretty high bar. Also, can we talk about the voice overs in these trailers? Even the newer films all seem to make a point of having that very specific B-movie voice over. What’s up with that?

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