A few years ago I watched a bizarre but enjoyable movie called Wolfcop that had some slacker, alcohol guzzling police officer that becomes a werewolf and uses his newfound powers to stop an evil cult in his town. So when I learned about Bubba the Redneck Werewolf being pretty much in the same vein as Wolfcop, I just had to take a look. If you’re looking for something fun to watch this Halloween or just anytime you need some dark humor, you’ll want to summon the pack and give this one a watch for a howling good time.
Based on a comic book by Mitch Hyman from 1996, the film follows the life of Bubba (Chris Stephens), a redneck dog catcher who hangs out at the local bar in Cracker County (yes, you read that right.) and drinks his life away while longing to be with Bobbie Jo (Malone Thomas), a lady he’s been in love with since forever. When the Devil (played by comic creator Mitch Hyman) offers him a deal to have Bobbie Jo’s heart in exchange for his soul, Bubba jumps at the deal faster than a rabbit to a carrot and awakes the next day to find himself as a werewolf (Fred Lass). Most people would look at this as being a bad thing, but not Bubba who takes to it like a duck to water and still goes about his daily routine with Bobbie Jo in tow this time around. Some of the other people in town have made deals with the devil and haven’t been as lucky, so they come to Bubba for help with their supernatural dilemmas . Using his werewolf powers and a good ol’ fashioned shotgun, he and Bobbie Jo fight off monsters and other weird stuff to put an end to the devil and his shenanigans once and for all.
You can already tell by that summary that this low budget film isn’t going to be for everyone. But those who take a chance and love cheap but lovingly made dark humor movies will find something to love under all the fur here. The practical special effects won’t win any awards, but they’re still done fairly well. It’s only when the digital ones rear their ugly heads when things fall into the laughably bad category, but even then this film isn’t made to be taken seriously and adds to it’s low budget charm. At least watching it on DVD doesn’t bring out the faults even more as high definition would, and everything looks and sounds decent, but it helps to go in like I did with low expectations and just roll with the movie as you watch.
There’s a few special features to look through when the moon sets such as a featurette that goes into the making of the movie, a funny blooper reel, a few deleted scenes, an extra showing how Lass and Hyman had to go through their makeup process, and the original theatrical trailer round out the extras.
If you’re looking for a serious werewolf movie, you’ll want to look elsewhere. But if tongue-in-cheek, low budget laughs and thrills just in time for Halloween is what you’re after, you’ll want to hunt down Bubba The Redneck Werewolf to watch. While most will snarl at the plot and special effects, those who just roll with it are bound to howl here and there with laughter.