GENREBLAST FILM FESTIVAL: Bubblegum (2022)

The GenreBlast Film Festival is entering its sixth year of genre film goodness. A one-of-a-kind film experience created for both filmmakers and film lovers to celebrate genre filmmaking in an approachable environment, it has been described by Movie Maker Magazine as a “summer camp for filmmakers.”

Over the next few days, I’ll be reviewing several movies from this fest, based in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia. This year, there are 14 feature films and 87 short films from all over the world. Weekend passes are only $65 and you can get them right here.

Bubblegum (2022): World’s Greatest Used Car Salesman Teddy Bupkis (Thayer Cranor) and his 13-year-old girlfriend Daphne Delamonte (Shauna Nunn) are running from the law — specifically detectives Daryl Hammond (Steve Jones) and Anal Retard (Paxton Gilmore) — and a crack dealer after they fail to murder Teddy’s wife Angela (Morgan Cooper).

Sounds simple? Well, when hitman Chuckie Fondue (Victor Godfrey) is run over before the hit. So Teddy decides that perhaps he should just stay with his wife and deal with it. He gives her a piece of bubblegum and she dies choking on it. Teddy and Daphne try to run, but after hitching a ride with Upchuck (Furly Travis), he reveals himself as a serial killer and kills her.

And somehow, the problems are just getting started.

Bubblegum was made for a few hundred bucks and shot on old used VHS tapes. Everyone in the movie is a non-professional actor and there was no crew and guess what? It looks and feels like it. You’re either going to love or hate this movie, which has old commercials take over at times, special effects that look anything but and John Waters-level colored wigs. It was probably a ton of fun to make and the kind of movie that would play well in a theater packed with everyone that helped out. As for how it plays with an audience of people that weren’t so involved, well…

I can appreciate what director and writer Jeffrey Garcia was going for here. How much will you like it? Have you ever found yourself accidentally smelling your hand after you finish taking a dump and then imagined seeing outside your body and then wondering what everyone you knew would think of you in this situation and then just started to laugh like an absolute moron? If yes, you’ve found your Citizen Kane.

You can learn more about Jeffrey Garcia at his official site.

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