Paashaat

I love you, Easter Bunny!

There are times when I take in movies and afterwards wonder just what it was that I watched.  This can be good, or bad, depending on the fun level of the movie. Paashaat is one of those WTF films.  Set in the carrot growing region of Orange; a place where Easter bunnies roam free, building their nests, and hatching a generations of bunnies from colorful eggs, the De Vries family for generation has grown carrots. But all is not well.  The carrot harvest is failing; a failing carrot harvest, as we are told, is a life or death issue.

The home life of the De Vries family fares no better.  Papa De Vries, a stern and puritanical man, is only interested in his carrots; his contempt for his weak-willed wife and mentally disabled son is obvious.  In return, his wife and son hate him back.  De Vries’ son Timmie thinks only about Easter bunnies;  his wife pursues an affair with their lunatic neighbor Draco, who seems to be running a genetic engineering lab in his bathroom.

Concerned that an Easter bunny is pilfering his carrots, De Vries kills an errant bunny with sharpened carrot fired from his hand-held crossbow.  Meanwhile, Draco is spraying something on and around the shared property line with the De Vries farm.  He trips, causing a geyser of whatever he’s spraying to soak the corpse of the dead Easter bunny, turning the animal’s open wound into a foaming green puddle of goo.  Oh-oh. That can’t be good.  By nightfall, the corpse has come alive – mutated into a horrible caricature of an Easter bunny – ready to take vengeance upon humanity.

Paashaat is a weird little movie set in a surreal world populated by strange, unlikable characters. I like the idea of a carrot growing region whose wildlife includes egg-laying Easter bunnies. I really like the idea of an Ester bunny transforming into monster who tears people to pieces.

The practical effects are cheesy but fun.  I like the little stuffed Easter bunnies that live in the carrot fields but the best part is the killer mutant Easter bunny, which begins its rampage in the later third of the movie.  It’s both grotesque and campy looking, just the sort of thing I’d give to a small child as an Easter gift because I’m a total bastard.

Though there is a lot of humor scattered through the movie like little Easter treats, and even with a slender runtime of roughly 30 minutes, Paashaat drags a little bit in the middle, giving me a feeling of impatience amplified by the irritating, incessant groaning noises made by Timmie.  I wish we spent more time with Draco instead.  What was he up to in his bathroom lab?  What’s his story? Why does he drink from a giant rodent cage water bottle? I get the feeling that he’s Timmie’s actual father.

Paashaat looks like it was made by people who know how to make a movie.   The scene composition, sound quality, and editing were all well done.  A soundtrack of Carpenteresque original music is also plus.

If your life is incomplete without seeing a monster Easter bunny rip off a guy’s wang with its teeth, then this is the movie that you’ve waited for your whole life.

 

See Paashaat for yourself.

Starring:
Jean Paul Deuf
Joe Veldhuis
Jerome Meijer
Maria Magniet

Director: Boki Mekel

Screenplay: Boki Mekel

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