I just finished Brett William Mauser’s epic and cheesy Serial Rabbit 7: Critical Rabbit Theory. Now, I am left with one question: what the hell happened in the first six?
The slasher opens as a movie within a movie, which is unimportant. The main story is about the Serial Rabbit (Bradley Bates), a supernatural creature resembling a guy in a bunny suit. In the previous films, he murdered anyone and everyone for the devil. Yet, now Serial Rabbit has found solace in living in a western town in the 1800s and exacting justice as their sheriff.
After an impressive and gory display of dismembering the bad guys, Serial Rabbit is visited by the Satanic Queen Lilith (Dane Berkshire). She is preparing an assault on her demonic rival and needs Serial Rabbit to go to the present and bring her souls. The reluctant Serial Rabbit agrees, but his journey will not be easy.
Serial Rabbit 7: Critical Rabbit Theory is the brainchild of DIY filmmaker Mauser, who wanted to make a movie for $2,000…and it shows. If you watch his documentary series, Long Shot, you’ll see what it took to make Serial Rabbit 7 for such a low price but make it look like it cost…$10,000.
As shown in Mauser’s documentary Long Shot, Mauser got all his friends together, brainstormed the idea of Serial Rabbit 7, and made the movie. That was in June of 2023…I’m watching the final film in October.
“After an impressive and gory display of dismembering the bad guys, Serial Rabbit is visited by the Satanic Queen Lilith…”
So how good is the film? For what it is…it’s not that bad. I actually had fun with it. First, a killer in a rabbit suit is a weird idea, and the gimmick quickly runs out of steam. Yet, it’s the adventure of Serial Rabbit where the filmmaker’s creativity kicks in. It hits on social issues that the woke-minded (and Catholics) might find offensive…except for the part when the hero, who is sent to defeat Serial Rabbit, is aborted. There’s animal lab testing, a bit of misogyny here and there, and a love story involving an office chair.
Here’s what Serial Rabbit has going for it. Mauser and his crew are having fun with an earnest desire to make a halfway decent film. Unlike Tommy Wiseau, Mauser is self-aware, knows precisely what he has available in terms of production values and actors, and is under no delusion to make a masterpiece. The film goes off in many directions that would make Troma proud. The actors really want to put in good performances, and most of them do. As a comedy, it’s one gag after the other with a fifty percent success rate, which is more than I can say about modern Hollywood comedies.
Is Serial Rabbit 7: Critical Rabbit Theory good? Sort of. Should you see it? If you’re an up-and-coming low-budget DIY indie filmmaker, absolutely. Strap in for the silliness. You’re in for a hilariously insane ride.
For screening information about Serial Rabbit 7: Critical Rabbit Theory, visit the Not So Sane Entertainment official website.
"…Strap in for the silliness."