Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (2014) – By Cary Conley

 

Based upon a popular mid-90’s comic book written by Mitch Hyman and described as a “low-brow horror comedy,” Bubba the Redneck Werewolf is a fun, if uneven, low-budget film.

Bubba (Chris Stephens) is a dogcatcher in Cracker County, Georgia. He’s also a loser. He isn’t very smart, doesn’t understand proper hygiene, and is a pushover to boot. He’s become the laughingstock of Cracker County. Always late for work and never particularly good at his job, he lives to hang out with the other losers at the local watering hole. He loves to drink beer and eat chicken wings with his high school sweetheart Bobbie Jo (Malone Thomas), except Bobbie Jo has finally figured out that, 10 years out of high school, Bubba simply is never going to amount to much, so she dumps him for a better prospect.

Desperate to win back Bobbie Jo, Bubba inadvertently invites the devil into town when he offhandedly says he’d sell his soul for Bobbie Jo. Enter Satan himself (Bubba author Mitch Hyman) who easily dupes Bubba, promising to make him strong, virile, and never to worry about going bald—by turning him into…you guessed it, Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (Fred Lass).

But Satan isn’t content with just taking Bubba’s soul. He wants to steal every soul in town and goes on a rampage doing just that. Before long, Cracker County will become the center of Hell if someone doesn’t do something about the pesky devil. And now that Bubba has found his pride, his bravery, and has taken Bobbie Jo back, it falls to him to beat the devil and run him out of the county.

Sometimes films can surprise a viewer with the unexpected. Not so this film, which is exactly what one might expect from a movie with the title of Bubba the Redneck Werewolf. We are talking low budget here, and we are talking about a great deal more comedy than horror. And while the film isn’t scary—and the comedy sometimes misses the mark—Bubba the Redneck Werewolf is harmless fun as well as a not unpleasant way to pass about 80 minutes.

Infused with enough money and cooperation from local townsfolk, the filmmakers were able to create a nice quality film. The technical aspects, from cinematography and lighting to special effects and sound, are very good and the acting ranges from average to above average. It’s clear these good folks are having a great time.

While some of the jokes miss the mark, several of them are really funny. Hyman, whose concept the film is based upon, and Stephen Biro, who wrote the screenplay, really went all-out to create some unique and funny characters and scenarios. For instance, the local butcher asks the devil for a third arm so he can continue to work while he…well, what would a guy do with a third arm? Unfortunately for the butcher, he doesn’t specify just where that arm should be, so it ends up sticking out of his forehead, much to his great disappointment. There is also a really funny scene including Bubba and his competitor for Bobbie Jo, Dangerous Dwight (David Santiago), who have a hilarious conversation about which one is the best suitor for Bobbie Jo based upon who made the best arm holes for their flannel shirts. The film is populated by fun conversations and quirky characters such as this. Another fun thing viewers should look for is the signs around town and on each building, which are quite funny as well. Someone had a good time brainstorming the signs! There are also some nods to other films, in particular a couple of homages to The Evil Dead I noticed.

So, while the film isn’t going to win any major awards, it’s a good way to pass a Saturday afternoon and could really be a fun movie with a group of like-minded film fans and a case of beer. The film is distributed by MVD with a release date of January 17, 2017. The film can be ordered for a very fair price on Amazon.