CUTE LITTLE BUGGERS * U.K. 2017 Dir: Tony Jopia 108 mins
Despite a hunch that it’s a shit-hole, a bunch of aliens in a far-away galaxy set their sights on Planet Earth to ensure the survival of their species, figuring that the females are easy and that Earth rabbits are an ideal vessel due to their frisky fucking abilities. This results in bunny-based carnage at a typical English summer fete in Deddington, Oxfordshire.
Cluttered with sub-plots and cringe-inducingly unfunny “local” characters, this miserably strained horror comedy sets out its tone immediately, with ridiculous fake tits, home-computer CGI and failed double-entendres (“Have you ever seen a gash like that?”) in the first few minutes. It nods to everything from JAWS (sceptical mayor won’t cancel the fete at the busiest time of the year), to THE THING and EVIL ALIENS (the impregnation of chained-up topless women) and exists mostly to unleash dead-on-arrival jokes about “penetrator units” and a rabbit burrowing into someone’s arsehole. A fete massacre echoes BLACK SHEEP’s best set piece but, like the entire movie, has no impact due to the over-emphasis on rubbish CGI monsters and digital gore. It is broadly played by an obnoxious cast, and top billed Caroline Munro shows up for an embarrassing couple of minutes as “Mystic Mary”, a saucy fortune teller with a selection of duff lines about balls. With all the main female characters getting their boobs out and a climax involving water pistols full of piss, this plays out like an endless, witless schoolboy home movie.
Review by Steven West