In the wake of Halloween's runaway success in the late '70s, just about every holiday on the calendar became fair game for a slasher movie theme, and both big studios and independent filmmakers started tearing through the calendar to find any holidays that hadn't yet been exploited for monetary potential. Among the overlooked dates were Thanksgiving, which Eli Roth finally parodied in an awesome mock trailer (we're still hoping he'll deliver a feature version someday) and Easter Sunday. There was the totally insane Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! but that wasn't an homage to slasher cinema, so an old school body-count flick with pastel colors and a bunny-suit stalker remained unrealized... until now, that is.
Virginia-based Northgate Pictures has set about filling that gap with Easter Sunday, a deliberate throwback to the '80s slasher heyday featuring an undead axe-wielding killer decked out in a bunny costume. Written and directed by Jeremy Morehead, Easter Sunday stars veteran genre actor and Maniac Cop star Robert Z'Dar as the town sheriff who faces off against a murderer reanimated 24 years after his execution by a group of unwitting teenagers.
Morehead vows to return to the roots of vintage slasher cinema with the project: “I feel like a lot of horror films being released these days don't have the heart and soul that the genre films from the '80s had," he explains. "Our goal is to create a film that pays homage to all the films that made us horror fanatics."
Production is now underway, and you can follow their progress on the Easter Sunday Facebook page.