Extreme Cinema – The Bunny Game (2010)

The Bunny Sport, 2010.

Directed by Adam Rehmeier.
Starring Rodleen Getsic, Jeff F. Renfro and Gregg Gilmore.



A prostitute accepts a experience from the improper man and finds herself trapped and tortured.


It will seem that the horror style is willingly sinking deeper and deeper into depravity in an try and shock, disgust and horrify. In fact, this isn’t a brand new assertion to make. Maybe most famously such claims had been levelled on the exploitation movies of the Seventies and Eighties, and notably in Britain these movies that discovered themselves on the video nasties record. Undoubtedly related statements had been made earlier than, and have been made since, however the British Board of Movie Classification (BBFC) have discovered themselves grappling with some tough selections, together with 2010’s The Bunny Sport which was submitted for classification again in 2011 and located itself banned outright. It’s nonetheless banned within the UK to this present day.

Earlier than discussing the movie itself, you will need to take into account the reasoning behind its ban. The BBFC have traditionally been very uncomfortable with any use of sexual violence by any means. The truth that The Bunny Sport thrives on its depiction of sexually violent imagery makes the ban lower than stunning. Nonetheless, because of the web the BBFC’s position is turning into considerably redundant, and The Bunny Sport is offered for many who know the place to look. Apart from outright unlawful materials, I personally am towards the restriction of fabric for an grownup viewers. Sadly, within the eyes of the BBFC, British adults aren’t of a sound sufficient thoughts to differentiate fiction from actuality.


Within the case of The Bunny Sport, fiction and actuality is unusually combined. The movie depicts the depressing lifetime of a prostitute – Bunny (Rodleen Getsic). Her days are spent sucking dick in alternate for blow. It’s because of Rodleen Getsic’s credible performing capabilities that we are able to clearly see this can be a life Bunny doesn’t take pleasure in. She’s trapped in a vicious cycle of dependency which spirals uncontrolled when she is picked up by a truck driver, Hog (Jeff F. Renfro), who chains Bunny up behind his truck and tortures her. The torture seen on this movie was truly carried out on the actress, along with her permission.

Undeniably there are particular scenes which might be tough to observe. Hog degrades Bunny, strips her, shaves her head, and in a single notably wince-inducing scene manufacturers her with a scorching iron. It’s at this level the place some audiences could understandably draw the road. How far an actor or actress ought to go for a task is a long-debated matter of dialogue. Rodleen Getsic goes extraordinarily far, but director Adam Rehmeier fortunately doesn’t request bloodshed.


There’s a robust sadomasochistic tone to The Bunny Sport, with each Bunny and Hog donning grotesque bondage gear at varied factors within the movie. The vast majority of the motion takes place behind Hog’s truck, chronicling his psychological and bodily torture of Bunny. These scenes aren’t simply tough to observe because of the brutality of the actions carried out, with Jeff F. Renfro exhibiting no regret, however are additionally painful due to dizzying, disorientating and downright annoying modifying. The sound employed all through can also be irritating, a heavy metallic influenced soundtrack that provides little to the general ambiance of the movie. The whole movie is shot in black and white, which is a helpful method to distance us from the motion and make us conscious that what we’re watching is simply a film. But when the actress needed to endure such an ordeal, I really feel it’s low-cost permitting us an escape. It is a film that must be far tougher to observe than it truly is.

There are undoubtedly comparisons to be made with Martyrs, a improbable French horror movie that succeeds in each facet the place The Bunny Sport fails. Regardless of being nicely acted by each Rodleen Getsic and Jeff F. Renfro, neither of them are actually given any type of characterisation. Sadly, this leads to us not truly caring an excessive amount of about Bunny’s ordeal. Clearly it’s essentially distressing seeing a girl being abused, however it’s far more practical seeing a personality we’ve grown to love and perceive struggling. There are non secular facets hinted at, however director Adam Rehmeier by no means commits to any type of message.


While I disagree with the BBFC’s resolution to ban The Bunny Sport, it actually isn’t a film value watching. It commits the worst attainable film sin – it bores. Maybe those that revel within the sleaze of Rob Rotten’s motion pictures may presumably discover one thing or value right here, however this actually isn’t a film that must be loved. It ought to have a robust lasting impression. Sadly, for the film to truly work on some degree it requires a much better and coherent story and characters to get behind. With out these essential parts that is nothing greater than violence for the sake of it. The forged and crew concerned could have discovered it a cathartic expertise, however for an viewers it’s little greater than the literal definition of torture porn – and who of their sound thoughts needs to see that?

Liam Underwood

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