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Don Coscarelli directs and Bruce Campbell stars as the King of Camp in this intentionally over-the-top schlockfest. Bubba Ho-Tep is partially about Elvis Presley and partially about the title character, an Egyptian cowboy zombie, but mostly it is about camp. The movie is equal parts story and back story. We learn through narration and flashback how Elvis didn't really die, ending up instead in a rest home in East Texas with JFK (played by Ossie Davis), who was dyed black and had his brain removed, presumably for reasons of national security. Campbell and Davis realize that something strange is going on when their rest-home compatriots start dropping off suspiciously. The whole movie leads up to a final showdown to the death with the Egyptian cowboy zombie who has been sucking the souls of their fellow residents because he thought no one would notice. The movie unfolds a bit slowly; it is, after all, a geriatrics-fight-Egyptian-cowboy-zombie movie. However, one wishes this self-conscious movie's pacing took its cue from the atypically fast-moving zombie instead of from the senior-citizen Elvis and JFK. In the end, though, Campbell is flawless as the aged King; his accent, intonations, glasses, and trademark karate are at the same time sincere and over the top. --Brian Saltzman
Nothing should stop you see this film! The GateMud Creek Texas is about to get all shook up. When mysterious deaths plague the Shady Rest retirement home it s up to an aging cantankerous Elvis (Bruce Campbell) and a decrepit and black JFK (Ossie Davis) to defeat a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy with a penchant for sucking human souls! Can the King show the world that he can still take care of business?Special Features:Audio Commentary by Director Don Coscarelli and Bruce CampbellAudio Commentary by The King Joe R. Lansdale Reads From Bubba Ho-TepDeleted Scenes With Optional Commentary by Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell The Making of Bubba Ho-Tep Featurette To Make a Mummy (Makeup and Effects Featurette) Fit for a King (Elvis Costuming Featurette) Rock Like an Egyptian (Featurette About the Music of Bubba Ho-Tep)Music VideoPhoto GalleryOriginal Theatrical TrailerTV SpotSystem Requirements:Running Time 92 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 027616906533 Manufacturer No: 1006462
- I don't get it
I am a huge Bruce Campbell fan but this movie is weak. NOW, before you throw me to the cavern demon let me tell you this is just not what I expected. There were tons of room for Elvis humour but just falls short. Bruce is awesome as always but this was too weird rather than upbeat like My Name is Bruce. This was more middle class fare-hehe that I hate like sex in the city or something where I can hear the uptights chuckle on the golf course.
Why a mummy? (ok Bubba HO TEP I get it)
Phantasm is one of my all time favorite films but Coscerelli is hit and miss like John Carpenter. I forced myself to like it only because Bruce does a great Elvis. I suppose the crude penis jokes (altho funny) are no substitute for true clever humour....more info
- Bruce Campbell AND a good script AND some production value
You almost never find all three of those together.
Bubba Ho-Tep has them.
This movie is good enough and funny enough that you do NOT have to be a Bruce fan nor a schlock-horror fan to enjoy it.
- Classic Cult Classic! (4.5 stars)
I won't go into a long winded review as others have already said much of what I would (Check the 4 & 5 Star reviews). I will tell you that if you are a Bruce Campbell fan at all, this movie is a MUST-HAVE!
Not to discount any of the other actors in this film, but Bruce Campbell is absolutely brilliant and more than evenly matched with Ossie Davis. The Elvis/JFK pairing here is marvelous, supported by witty dialogue and an almost surreal chemistry between Campbell and Davis. The premise of this movie, a bittersweet retrospective of life by Elvis complicated by an evil mummy, is really off-kilter at first glance but in reality it plays very well and becomes a vehicle for Campbell to shine. The character roles, especially the nurse and the two inept mortuary employees, are delightful and support Campbell and Davis in that unique and unforgettable way that is indicative of good B-movies. Acting is always about timing and reaction - this cast has both in spades.
My one minor niggle - the FX are second-rate at best. Given the goofy premise/storyline, this movie was predestined to be a B-movie, but come on, it was made in the 21st century! The mummy was poor (not the acting, just the costume/puppetry) and was a disappointing foil for Elvis and JFK. A few more dollars and a little more time would have both been well spent.
Still and all, an instant cult classic and probably one of the best overall performances of Campbell's career....more info
- A cult classic
An east Texas nursing home is the final resting place for many elderly and infirm patients, including one Sebastian Haff, an Elvis impersonator who suffered a broken hip during a concert and is now partially disabled. The staff are amused by Haff's claims to be the real Elvis, but, thanks to the power of flashbacks and the internal monologue, we see that his claims are correct. Tiring of fame and superstardom, Elvis found an impersonator who was almost his spitting double and swapped places with him in the early 1970s. It was Haff who went on to die of a drugs overdose in 1977, whilst the real Elvis went on to have a quieter, less-stressful life as an Elvis impersonator.
The film works on two levels. The first is a meditation on growing old and the melancholy that comes with that, not to mention the frustration that the young often disrespect their elders and their accomplishments simply because they need to go to the toilet a bit more often than they used to. This is emphasised in a sequence where the young daughter of Elvis' room-mate thoughtlessly throws his possessions out in the trash, including his war medals earned saving the lives of his friends. This area of the film works superbly, with Bruce Campbell an absolute revelation in a role which requires far more subtlety and emotional intensity than his normal, broader horror-comedy roles. There's also a great dynamic between Campbell's Elvis and his friend Jack (a likewise strong performance from Osse Davis), who claims to be John F. Kennedy. Instead of dying in Dallas, he claims to have survived, been dyed black by Lyndon B. Johnson and left to rot in the nursing home (unlike Elvis, it isn't revealed if this is the 'real' JFK or not). Elvis' scepticism is tempered by his acknowledgment of his own unlikely story of survival.
The second level is much more straightforward: Bubba Ho-Tep, an ancient Egyptian mummy, has been reanimated and has invaded the nursing home to feed on the souls of the living, draining them out through it's victims' backsides. Seriously. It is up to Elvis and JFK to eliminate the mummy before it wipes everyone in the rest home out.
The difference between the quiet, contemplative meditation on old age and dignity, and the slash-horror of the mummy's killing spree is fairly pronounced, but it works brilliantly, sold by good writing, terrific performances, limited but effective sfx and a superb musical score. The daft premise is treated with utmost seriousness by everyone involved and it works very well.
Bubba Ho-Tep (*****) is a bit of an oddball movie, at turns reflective, quiet, hilarious, action-packed, horrific and thoughtful. With solid direction (from veteren horror director Don Coscarelli, direct of the Phantasm series) and great acting, it is more than worth an hour and a half of your time. ...more info
- Bubba Rules
I initially was introduced to Bruce Campbell when he starred in Hercules. I then caught him on reruns of The Adventures of Brisco County. I've read his books and discovered he is also the king of B horror movies. I'm not a horror movie fan, but thought it was worth giving "Bubba Ho-Tep" a try. What a hoot!
Bruce is truly a gifted actor and Ozzie Davis always gives a great performance. This movie has it all: a plot that keeps you guessing, horror that provides tension but not over the top graphic violence, talented supporting cast, humor, Elvis...I love it!
What can I say? Bruce and Bubba have made me a believer. All horror movies are not created equal. Give Bubba a try; you'll love him, too!...more info
- Bruce's Geriatric Joy Ride
I'm sure my total devotion to a well-made Bruce Campbell vehicle is pretty obvious from the gushing review I'm about to write, but seriously... the guy's ENTERTAINING, and he obviously had a blast(minus all the make-up) personifying a not-so-dead King o' Rock n' Roll. Although the low budget probably scared away several potential movie-goers, it is clear from the first ten minutes that a film like this couldn't have been made with any degree of plausibility if the effects were to par with popcorn blockbusters, quite the opposite in fact: armies of computer-generated creepy-crawlies would only detract from the believability of the somewhat convoluted plot. Thus, all the action revolves around, and depends completely upon, the personifications of Elvis and JFK so lovingly crafted by Campbell and the late Ossie Davis (respectively). The way Campbell returns humanity to the image of a cult icon tarnished by his falsified demise admittedly feels closer to parody than homage, but is certainly and undeniably touching. The subtle emotional reactions he brings to parts such as a scene near the start of the film in which the daughter of a resident at the rest home throws away her father's prized Purple Heart are the moments you'll leave the film remembering, not his jaunty and bizarre tries to imitate the King's legendary gyrating hips or his flagrant displeasure at not being able to "get it up". That said, the movie also does a great job of using the mummy's powers as a metaphor for the manner in which the souls of patients frequently stagnate and then slowly degenerate in rest homes. IT should be viewed less as a straightforward hybrid of comedy and horror and more of an introspective look at the life of every senile old man who never got the chance to tell us of his marvelous adventures because we simply couldn't be bothered to listen. Love it or hate it, this movie makes a statement....more info
- Long live the King
5 stars, because it succeeds in virtually every aspect without massive special effects and extravagant locale.
Brilliant Elvis impersonation by Bruce Campbell, wonderful but sad representation of old people in a care facility.
The storyline is very clever and witty and the acting throughout good, humorous, unselfconscious and believable.
This is one movie that can be enjoyed often. The almost-plausible scenario, the simplicity, the acting and the humour make this one of my favourites....more info
- Awesome Movie
I netflixed this movie initally to watch it and it was awesome. I absolutely loved every minute of the film. The acting was superb. The story great and original. It was dramatic, funny, scary...all rolled into one fine package of a film. I strongly recommend this film to every film lover and Elvis fan. I mean even the name itself, "Bubba Ho-Tep" is so inviting. What more could you ask for from a film....more info
Bruce Campbells best work ever! Great script great acting and casting. Bruce and Ossie Smith are awesome. Sure to become the next great cult film! ...more info
- Funny Premise - Unfunny Film
I was very disappointed with this film. The premise was really intriguing, with Elvis switching places with an Elvis impersonator who as we all know goes on to die at Graceland leaving the real Elvis to scratch out a living as - what else - an Elvis "impersonator." And now, at the end of The King's life, he's a semi-invalid in a nursing home being attacked by a killer zombie mummy. Since it's Texas, the mummy has a more than passing resemblance to Stevie Ray Vaughn. And oh, yeah, JFK is also in this nursing home, having inexplicably been transformed into Ozzie Davis.
How can you miss with a setup like this? Well, for starters by assuming the premise is so funny there's no real need to provide any additional comedy. The movie is flat, with very little humor. As other reviewers have noted, it moves at a glacial pace, even allowing for the protagonists being 80-somethings who don't move like they used to.
Sure, the acting is several notches above the norm for a low budget film, but there's no point in making a comdey that isn't funny.
Nice try, but booooooooooring. Not at all recommended.
- Not Bruce's best movie
I really like Bruce Campbell and his movies like Army of Darkness. But this movie is not in the same league. First of all the plot is slow and boring. Bruce does not have the same rouge character that he is so good at. Instead the movie is filled with frankly depressing scenes of him in bed or limping around barely able to move. This really hampers the action aspects of the movie. The dialogue aspect is not much better.
If you like Bruce, my advise is to get his other movies or try to get a hold of the TV episodes of "Jack of all trades" episodes. It is a lot more fun and has the "real" Bruce....more info
- Don Coscarelli, please make more films!!
Being a fan of the Phantasm films I was interested when I saw this reviewed in EMPIRE way back on its US Theatrical release and thinking whats not to like?
Elvis and a black JFK fighting a Mummy........ In a retirement home....... Super Good!
I wish these types of films where made more often!
- Bubba Ho-Tep...
The movie was decent (I guess). I just wish that I had spent less money on it. I rated this movie 3 stars as I give the storyline credence. It was nice to see Ossie Davis in the movie (It may have been it last movie - though I'm not sure). Three stars......more info
- One of the best in ages
I discovered this movie while on IMDB checking out Bruce Campbell's page.The title caught my eye so I looked further into it.Later I saw a trailer for it on YOUTUBE.That's when my mission to see it started.I rented it and loved it...so then I bought it.I watched the deleted scenes then the making of and all that stuff.After you watch the movie be sure to watch it with commentary by "The King"...it's hilarious.Anyways if you are a fan of the movie or just Bruce or Ossie I suggest you buy this product...you won't be dissapointed....more info
- Ask not what your rest home can do for you...
So it turns out that Elvis didn't die in 1977, he's alive and elderly in an East Texas rest home, and he's as lonely, filled with regrets and amazement that his life could have come to this as anyone else in a nursing home. His buddy down the hall is a black man who claims to be JFK, sans most of his brain and dyed brown by the CIA. They both might be crazy old coots living in delusions, but they are the only ones who recognize that something real and bad is sucking the souls out of the elderly denizens of the home, killing them off one by one. And they are the only ones who can stop it.
By turns touching and laugh-out-loud funny, and only a little scary, this is a buried treasure of a movie. Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis are the heart and soul of it, both doing bang up jobs playing Elvis and JFK. As silly as the plot sounds, it ends up drawing out real emotion--sadness, suspense, enjoyment--because the two main characters are so well played. I liked Evil Dead 2 but haven't seen Bruce Campbell in anything else besides his small role in Sky High and the occasional glimpse of Brisco County. I enjoyed the movie far more than I expected, and the appearance of Ossie Davis was a pleasant surprise--how did a movie made on a half-million dollar budget score Ossie Davis? Speaking of the budget, a few of the effects are a little hokey but I've seen movies with budgets many times higher look a lot cheaper. It was great fun.
The DVD includes some worthy extras as well, including two commentary tracks that are both fun to listen to, one featuring director Don Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell, another featuring Elvis himself commenting on the movie from "an undisclosed location." The making-of documentary is also pretty cool and shows what a labor of love the entire project was and how it was the energy Campbell lavished on promoting it and taking it personally around the country that built the word of mouth for it.
According to IMDB the sequel alluded to in the end credits (Bubba Nosferatu) is actually scheduled for a 2008 release. How I hope that is true; I will definitely be there for it if it is! ...more info
- Vaguely Entertaining
Not sure what to make of the movie but it is definitely not one of the best movies and not sure if it is even a movie....more info
- Bruce Campbell fan
I love Bruce Campbell's work; even have the whole Brisco County, Jr. set, but this movie was a big disappointment . . ....more info
- Hail To The King Baby.......
Bruce Campbell is in to form playing and aging Elvis living in a nursing home in Texas. Then one day evil lure's it's cowboy hat wearing head in the form of an ancient Egyptian mummy who prowls the hall's of the home at night sucking out the souls of the elderly. Together with his sidekick, an elderly black man who thinks he's JFK they set out to save the home's inhabitants from the clutches of this cowboy hat and cowboy boot wearing mummy. There's pleanty of humor as we hear how Elvis came to be alive and in a nursing home in Texas with an infected bump on his...well...take a guess. Not for the kids but a must for any Campbell fans or for anyone who loves a good Elvis inpersonation.
Love ya' Bruce!...more info
- Bruce Campbell is bigger than even the King himself
Bruce Campbell is indeed the cult icon of our day--with more acting AND comedic talent than William Shatner, he has managed to create a corner of the cinematic world that might as well be named after him: that of the outrageous, over-the-top genre of horror and sci-fi. And aside from doing a fantastic Elvis (all right, more of an imitation of the Elvis persona than of the man), the premise of the movie alone is worth watching it for.
Sebastian Haff (maybe Elvis...read on) is stuck with a bad hip in an Eastern Texas retirement home. He claims to be THE Elvis, who swapped places with the real Sebastian Haff so he could get out of the limelight and get back to basics, but then Sebastian Haff as Elvis went and killed himself through too much drug use and Elvis ended up being stuck in his Sebastian Haff identity for life (follow that one?). His best friend in the place is Jack (Ossie Davis), who thinks he is JFK who was dyed black to hide his identity and let the world think he was dead. And to top it all off, the rest home is also the dwelling place of a soul-sucking mummy in cowboy duds who also likes to put Egyptian graffiti on bathroom stalls. Turns out, only Elvis and JFK know of his existence and are the only ones who can stop the evil spirit...
The movie takes a little while to get going, but even in its slow start, the story clearly revolves around the redemption of Elvis, so he can get his 'stuff' back. This movie is wacky and absurd and yet somehow tender and leaves you thinking that maybe Elvis wasn't such a bad guy after all...if only he had mummies trying to suck out his soul every moment of his life.
All hail the king...King Campbell.
- Thank Goodness for Bruce Campbell
Easily one of the more interesting actors working today, Bruce Campbell deserves to be in more films. His performance as the aged, "real" Elvis Presley, confined now through a series of goofs to a Texas nursing home, in "Bubba Ho-Tep" is a delightful and perhaps even remarkable testament to his talents. From his grousing about erectile dysfunction to introspection about the failures of his life, Campbell's "King" is enough of a fleshed-out character to make you forget just how silly the plot is. And that pesky bit of business? A soul-stealing mummy is stalking the residents of said nursing home, extracting their life essence in, um, rather disrespectful ways. All that stands between them and nothing is Presley, aided by a man who claims to be JFK (an absolutely delightful Ossie Davis), despite the obvious difference in race. Don't watch "Bubba Ho-Tep" if you're expecting a horror story, though there are a few bumps in the night. Instead, watch it for the great chemistry between Campbell and Davis, as well as some of the decidely foul but funny lines (sometimes a bit too calculated to be the oft-repeated treasures of cult movies). Even with a budget of about $23, it should keep your attention better than many blockbusters today. ...more info
- Is he or isn't he -- or does it matter
I'd heard about this film for a while and finally decided to see it. I mean really, Elvis alive in a nursing home fighting a cowboy zombie -- get real this is dumb. But it's also funny, witty, sad, and thoughtful. There's the action adventure of two nursing home vigilantes -- one Elvis impersonator and one black man who thinks he's JFK who was dyed black with their walker and wheel chair -- facing off with an Egyptian mummy playing at being a cowboy sucking life from the nursing home residents.
We open with the death of Elvis' roommate. Then the roommates daughter who lives very close comes to clear out the stuff and tosses the purple heart in the garbage and gives a limp reply when Elvis asks why in 4 years she never visited. That sort of sets the tone for this home.
We get a lot of flashbacks about how Elvis got tried of the fans, the sycophants, drugs, and public life and how he wanted the music back. He swaps places with an impersonator who then dies and leaves Elvis without a chance to go back to his old life.
Most of the nursing home residents are already dead, it's just their bodies keep going but JFK lives down the hall and he and Elvis can actually talk. So, when weird things start to happen at the home they're the ones to track it down by thinking outside the box and discovering the mummy.
It's not something you can enjoy unless you're willing to just let go and enjoy. If you like other movies for the wild twists, turns, and weirdness starring Bruce Campbell -- you'll like this. Don't try to make sense of it just enjoy it for what it is. And in spite of that it does have lots of little bits that really make you think about life, family, and friendship. ...more info
- Horror Comedy at Its Best
In a genre of storytelling not known for its consistent success--mixing horror with comedy is a rare challenge--this film manages to work on all levels, starting with the heart. It's smart, funny, scarey, campy, weirdly sexy, and will keep you applauding to the end. ...more info
- Campbell and The King: A Marriage Made In Bedpan Heaven
OK, I'm one of those suckers. I think Bruce Campbell is a God! I don't find him to be the most talented actor, but he sure is a PERSONALITY. And his deadpan delivery elevates even the most mundane of material. Of course, everyone has seen the "Evil Dead" films--but any Bruce Campbell fan who does not own and cherish the short-lived series "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." should be punished severely!
Now that I've put my heart out there, let's talk "Bubba Ho-Tep". I'm not at all surprised that the film is as divisive as it seems to be. The concept, the conceit is brilliance! Casting Campbell as a senior Elvis in a retirement home battling a mummy--who wouldn't be in love with the idea of this movie? I could, and have, watched Campbell in anything. And I was genuinely amused by this film--although not blown away. Do I think this is a great movie? Absolutely not. But I know many people, including myself, who are proud to own this DVD.
To be completely objective, however, I have to warn viewers to know what they are getting into. This is neither a true horror film nor a laugh-out-loud comedy. It's one of those bizarre hybrids. You'll watch in amazement as the silliest of plots unfold and you'll either go with it or not. I believe people who love this film support the originality of its plot and the gusto of its performances. And I believe detractors of the film have an equally valid point--it simply isn't as funny as you might hope.
For me, the film is about 3 1/2 stars--but Bruce always get an upgrade from me, so let's call it 4. Heck, Campbell's commentary track as Elvis is probably strange enough to warrant 5 stars--but I'll restrain myself for the sake of objectivity. KGHarris, 10/06....more info
This is a must see movie for Bruce Campbell fans. Keep in mind though that it was a very low budget movie....more info
- Delightful, original and memorable
I heard about this film via an NPR interview with Bruce Campbell, and was intrigued. When I got to see the DVD, I was not at all disappointed. A zany and original script comes to life thanks to tour-de-force performances by Campbell and Ossie Davis, who obviously enjoyed working together....more info
- The King Is Alive
Being a huge Evil Dead freak, I had to buy this and I was not disappointed at all. Bruce Cambell still has it, the humor, foolishness, and wit that make this film for any fans want more. I hope they come out with a second one or atleast another flick as Bruce in command....more info
- What do Elvis, JFK, mummies and convalesence homes have in common?
Why the common ground of course is Bubba Ho-tep, a strange little movie that seeks to combine some of the most bizarre ingredients to form a film. I rate this with an official 3 1/2 stars because it was very fun, entertaining and strange, just as I had expected. I'd been told it was similar to Shaun of the Dead in that it's more funny and bizarre than frightful, and I agree, but that's where the similarities end. The movie cleverly comes up with an explanation that Elvis isn't dead...he's just riding out the rest of his life in a convalescence home in east Texas. The residents all start dying off and Elvis and his partner JFK now are on the hunt for a mummy that's apparently responsible. Honestly, movies don't get more silly than this when it comes to plot, but Bubba Ho-tep is a lot of fun. Just don't watch it expecting to be frightened...expect to laugh quite a bit though. Enjoy!...more info
- ...kennedy and the king...
two legendary figures in life, both with mysteries surrounding their 'deaths'...and best of all, two legendary actors to play their parts...the brilliant ossie davis, who, despite obvious differences, will have you convinced he is the former president, while bruce campbell is electric as 'the king'...the only reason this film recieves four stars instead of five, is really just due to my own ideosyncratic idea of what this film would have been, had there not been a 'bubba hotep'...(kinda silly, since he is the 'title' character, but i digress...)...it's just that, these two actors give such fine performances, with just the right conviction and ernestness, that, it would have been great just to see them play it out in a straight-forward dialogue-driven piece, rather than it turning into a fun, dramatic romp...so, don't get me wrong...this is a great film, and the performances alone deserve five stars...i guess they just need to make a prequel now, showing the events leading up to this one... ...more info
- Elvis lives through Bruce Campbell
The concept for Bubba Ho-Tep is unusual to put it mildly. Nonetheless, the film works mostly because of the outstanding performance by Bruce Campbell as a geriatric Elvis. I have been a Bruce Campbell fan for a long time and enjoy his work immensely, however, his performance in Bubba Ho-Tep is a masterpeice. His portrayal of Elvis is subdued, warm, very touching and incredibly human. The story is fun, exciting and the other cast members, especially the late Ossie Davis, were perfect. The soundtrack is very good, as well. But, it all goes back to Bruce - a truly amazing performance. Long live the king, baby!...more info
- Cheesey yet clever
Bruce Campbell is ingenious as Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep. His lines can be crude, yet he manages to still bring some charm to the part. The story about how Elvis didn't die and just switched lives with an impersonator is pretty clever. While it's also funny about how the late great Ossie Davis plays JFK that claims he was dyed black after his assination attempt. I would've gave it a higher rating but it gets a little too campy at the end and Campbell's performance isn't as good as it was in the beginning. He still makes a very likeable sleazy old Elvis though. While Ossie Davis is brilliant and funny in one of his last roles. I can't lie and say this is the best movie you'll ever see but I can say that it at least deserves a try. ...more info
What a yawner this movie was. Elvis, JFK, a mummy; I don't know how you make a boring movie out of that, but they managed.
Bruce Campbell plays Elvis as an old man trapped in a nursing home where they think he's just an Elvis impersonator. Ossie Davis plays another resident who believes he is JFK. Elvis and JFK team up to defeat an Egyptian mummy that comes at night to steal the souls of the nursing home patients. I'll give it a star for originality and another because I like Bruce Campbell. You'll never get a crazier plot but they don't do anything with it. The budget must have been non-existent because the makeup is awful, the effects, if you can call them that, are Mystery Science Theater level.
It's just one boring scene after another that finally, mercifully, leads to the conclusion that's anticlimactic, poorly staged and ultimately meaningless. There are a few funny lines and moments but not enough. Most of their attempts to be funny were just crude, about the same as an 11 year old boy. A big missed opportunity....more info
- Cleopatra does the nasty...
Based on a short story written by Joe R. Lansdale, this is a truely unique movie. It takes place in an Old Folks Home.
It involves an old Elvis (played by Mr Campbell), he didn't die, and they explain that well in the movie. Who befriends JFK (played by Mr Davis), which is quite funny, and explained well too. Together they attempt to stop an Ancient Mummy from feeding upon the easy prey in the Old Folk's home that they both live in.
This isn't your typical horror movie, as they both have struggles within themselves.
For me, it was an entertaining movie and the performaces were excellent....more info
- Very Diffrent
i haven't seen a movie like this before. It is good to see something unique and diffrent for once, and hey Elvis is in it and a black JFK, plus a soul sucking mummy, and guees what they all are old. The two main heroes in this film, Elvis, Played by Bruce Campbell and JFK, played by Ossie Davis. Defend thier old folks home from a soul sucking 3,000 year old mummy. How weird is that. This is a real good movie. Not to scary, and pretty funny.
If you liked the movie check out the soundtrack & Book....more info
- Wierd, scary, a guy film
Need an open mind to watch this one. Its about crazy old men in a nursing home, murder, insanity & giant bugs. Beginning might turn a lot of folks off. Scary enormous bug scenes might give nightmares. A film for 10-20 something males....more info
- What A Shock! This Is Really Good!
I laughed when a friend suggested this movie. "Yeah, right," I answered, eyes rolled up. "Well," he finally said a few weeks later, "Here, just look at it. Take my copy and bring it back."
"Okay, " I answered, "what do I have to lose? "
Obviously, I was shocked. This has to be one of the all-time surprises I've ever encountered in movie-watching. Who would have thought this film was this good? Talk about "original!" This is about as original and entertaining as they come....so I have to rank this film right up there with my comedy favorites.
I refuse to detail the story because the more you explain what it's about, the stupider is sounds and the less likely you will give it a shot. I will say Bruce Campbell does a fabulous job of imitating Elvis Presley. In fact, he is the best I have ever heard, speaking-voice-wise. Ossie Davis is also a hoot as the old black man who thinks he's President John F. Kennedy. See? I can't say more, because it gets worse, story-wise, the more you explain.
Just trust me that if you appreciate dark humor with some horror thrown in, you'll love it. It's a bit sleazy and the language is very rough, so be ready for that. I guess you could say this "is not for all tastes." You have to be a little warped to enjoy this, but most of us are to some degree.
Just be ready for one of the oddest films you've ever seen. For added entertainment I've heard that Campbell's commentary on the DVD is one the best ever put on a DVD, but I have yet to check that out....more info
- A Great choice for fans of Bruce Campbell
I enjoyed this movie.
You'll enjoy this movie.
The funnies are the one-liners and the movie has a dramatic feel to it with out the slap-stick.
- Funny, Creepy, and surprisingly sweet
Elvis Presley is still alive, although not really kickin'. Lingering on in a nursing home with JFK and a host of elderly patients, the King has little to do but stay in bed, complain about the food, and worry about a growth on his winkle. (Yes I said winkle. We're supposed to keep it clean with these reviews--right?) Then one day things start getting a little strange when a resurrected Egyptian mummy in cowboy boots shows up and starts sucking the souls out of the home's helpless inhabitants, and it's up to Elvis to save the day.
As you may expect this movie is extremely campy, but in the good way. It's a bit creepy, as any good movie involving mummies or zombies should be. But what was surprising to me was just how sweet it ended up being. While Campbell's portrayal of Elvis is ripe with most of the usual traits we've come to expect from Elvis jokes and countless impersonations. It also paints him in a deeply sympathetic light. Behind that sequined, fried-peanut-butter-and-nanner-sandwich devouring image, was a real human being. In between fending off the undead and arguing with the nurse, he spends a great deal of time pondering his past, his missed oportunities with his family, and his own impending demise. What it all adds up to is a quirky, fun horror classic, with far more heart then the genre usually musters. ...more info
- Awesome movie!
The plot is over the top enough. Bruce Campbell plays Elvis in a nursing home, who didn't really die as he swapped lives with a really good impersonator in the 70s. Ossie Davis plays an older black man who claims to be JFK. Together, they battle a mummy feeding on the souls of the residents of their nursing home in Texas.
Where with Campbell's character you have little doubt he is who he says, it's up for interpretation whether Jack Kennedy is really John F Kennedy with his skin dyed black or not - while he was the first one to accept the possibility of an Egyptian mummy, he's also not totally out of it either.
Bruce Campbell gave a great performance as Elvis. For one, he has the looks and voice for the part to play Elvis. Bruce's "karate" moves fit well as an older guy with the will to fight but without the physical ability to do much. And while overall shot as a serious movie, the absurdity of some of the situations are downright hilarious, such as Elvis vs a giant cockroach.
The movie also raises some thoughts about growing old and facing your fears, what did you do in your life that you would have done different or would like a second chance at, or where you go after you die....more info
- "Hail to the king baby"
I bought this movie on the recomendation of a sales clerk at a dvd store who knew im a bruce campbell fan and im glad i did.this movie is GREAT.the story is entertaining and funny and bruce campbell acting in this movie shine like never before.his performance as elvis is nothing short of incredible and i highly recomend this movie to anyone,bruce campbell fan or not.this movie hooks you from begining to end and when its over your left wishing there was more.this movie isnt really scary but it has alot of funny parts and overall is an enjoyable movie....more info
- Derivative entertainment
Yes, it's a funny premise: Elvis is living in a nursing home with a resident who thinks he's JFK and another who fancies himself the Lone Ranger. In the meantime, an ancient Egyptian demon wants to suck the souls out of the old and sickly folks, so it's up to Elvis and Jack to stop the demon.
Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis are great. But somehow, the story lacks the sense of urgency that a horror tale should have, and although there are many funny lines, it could have been stronger comedically. The writer/director also seems to borrow heavily from the works of the Raimi brothers and their friends the Coen Brothers instead of being more original.
Okay for a few laughs, but not as good as it might have been....more info
- Bruce Campbell Can Act!
First off, I'm a fan of Bruce and have been since I was a horror-lovin', geeky teen. Still, I always understood that the man had his limitations and would always be the snarky, B-movie king.
In comes Bubba Ho-Tep, a bizarre cult movie (Bruce is used to that), but with real heart. I mean, who knew I would watch an Elvis VS a mummy movie and get a bit choked up?! He's very endearing in this uber-camp masterpiece.
I highly recommend this film to anyone with a taste for the strange and amusing. Good stuff!...more info
- Odd premise but fantastic movie!
I really love this movie. You wouldn't think that a movie about Elvis with cancer on his weiner and a black JFK trying to defeat an evil mummy would be profound, but there are many times throughout when Bruce Campbell addresses the purpose of life and horror of languishing in a nursing home. It's really a movie about choosing one's destiny in life and the immutability of one's character, even when faced with obscurity, physical and mental degradation, and the evitable march of death. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes good flicks that are a little off the beaten path. Bruce Campbell fans will relish his performance as Elvis and the noir humor of his narration....more info
- bubba ho tep
WOW! loved it! When in the mood for bruce, there is none better. Very adult and very funny....more info
- Who Love's You, Baby
If it has Bruce Campbell, I usually rent it. I also made a point to check out this file since reading an article in Fangoria about it. I was happy to see it made it's way to a theater. Although not well received by many, the masses, that is to say, this file is creditable by it's noir ideas and just squint a little when you watch you can look through the fantastic and see the reality of it. Forgotten people in a residence and lost the reality of the world, I think this would be a favorite to those who live in places like this. I have absolute respect for Bruce and anything he does. After reading his autobiography, I have even more respect for him and Sam (Raimi) and if he feels strongly enough to put himself into the project, then it is worth watching. Three stars? Well, I think there was need for stronger directing....more info
- "Let's get decadent!"
Being quite fond of Bruce Campbell's acting, I purchased this film after seeing all the positive reviews. I must say I'm glad I did! What a hilarious film! Bruce Campbell is playing a man that thinks he is Elvis (or is he really?) that is now located at an East Texas nursing home, where he is tormented by doubt and a damaged hip. Campbell is supposedly the real Elvis that changed places with a certain Sebastian Haff back in the 70's, because he was tired of all the fuzz that being Elvis meant. Hence, the person that died in '77 was only an impersonator, and today a sick and aged Elvis spends his days in a haze of medication and depression, unable to prove who he really is. He befriends a black patient at the home that is certain he is the real JFK, hilariously played by Ossie Davis. This JFK is certain that Lyndon Johnson got him put away in this nursing home to seize power. Campbell and Davis make up such a magnificent pair of aged celebrities in this film, you can't but love it.
Eventually, some of the patients at the nursing home start dying off, and our two broken flowers go on a mission to find out what is going on. Turns out an Egyptian mummy is eating their souls during the nights. Our two heroes therefore decide to go into action against the beast. The film is a wonderful, wonderful mixture of comedy, nostalgia and horror. Campbell does one of his best roles to date; he left me laughing loudly more times than I could count. Even though the language in the film is quite vulgar, and the humour the same at times, I would say this is one of the funniest films I have in my rather extensive collection.
If you like intelligent dark comedy, you MUST see this film. I can promise you that you'll have quite a good time in the company of the always excellent Campbell. 4,5 stars!...more info
- BEST "BAD" MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN!
Bubba Ho-tep has GOT to be one of THEE funniest Horror/comedies I've ever seen. Ossie Davis is nothing less than genius as he describes how an age-old mummy is going to suck the soul out of him thru his ARSE-HOLE! I'm still cryin' over some of the ridiculous scenes. If you have a warped sense of humor and like Bruce Campbell and/or Ossie Davis. Don't hesitate. "Bubba Ho-tep" will have you in stitches for many viewings!
Other movies that have similar humor styles are "Naked Lunch" "Kingpin" and "Heathers". Mind you, none of the movies are on the same theme but all require the viewer to have a warped sense of humor.
"Don't make me use my stuff on ya, baby"
- Very strange movie
I am a huge Bruce Campbell fan. This was just plain strange. Bruce Campbell did a wonderful job portraying Elvis. It was just a strange storyline.
I did laugh though, and perhaps with some mind-altering drugs I would have loved it!...more info
Bubba Ho-Tep (Limited Collector's Edition)Well He has done it again Don Coscarelli has made another smashing hit I love this movie I watched it tonight and Had so many mixed emotions. I am a huge fan of Mr Coscarelli I love the Phantasm films tonight I wanted to be scared and shocked and excited and then brought back down to earth this movie did just that, I dont know how he does it but I hope he keeps on giving us these great movies. I watched the commentary after the movie and I know it came from a book, it takes a very talented Director who can get a great crew together to film such a masterpiece. I hope that if you have read this review you will watch this film and then you will be excited when you can add it to your collection like I have, I hope if Don and Bruce read this I want you to know this is true art thank you ...more info
- Like A Train Wreck
You just can't take your eyes off this TERRIBLE film. Are you starved for a dose of Bruce Campbell? Ok, then you'll be in your glory. Bruce takes this film to all new levels of, well, who knows what. Campbell is still fun to watch, and his rendition of The King is flawless. If it wasn't for his performance, this film would rate only one star. Campbell saves it...and it achieves a solid two star review. Horrible in every sense of the word, but, yeah baby, you still wanna watch don't you? Well, thank you, thank you very much....more info
- A Memorial In Elvis's Honor.
One of the leading characters in this movie claims to be President Kennedy, explaining how he was dyed chocolate to protect his identity, by the CIA. This is a really insane and fun look at Elvis, who was the king of low budget movies in his heyday. Elvis from a nursing home bed side explained how he had swapped places with an Elvis imitator because it got old. You see, Elvis had wanted out, away from the pills and drugs, away from his friends, and away from all that fame and money. Elvis felt the music wasn't even his anymore, explaining how he wasn't even himself anymore, just this THING his friends and media had made up. Elvis said his friends were sucking him dry. Now Elvis has grown tired of the nursing home, sick of the nurses and management, and he wants out once again. Elvis quibbed when you're old and sickly everything you say is either sadly amusing or seen as so non-threatening that nobody gives you a second thought. A second Bubba HO-TEP is in the making starring Ron Pearlman....more info
- One of the greatest movies ever!
10 out of 10 stars. Bruce Campbell as Elvis and Ossie Davis as JFK enough said!!!!!...more info
- Bruce is The Man.
I love Bruce. He is amazing in everything - and as Elvis he is the perfect choice. Bruce can do no wrong in my book, He is a film God in his own rights. I Love this man and he rocks this part. ...more info
- So Bad It's Good
This movie is so bad it's like a bad accident--you can't take your eyes away. The entire premise is ridiculous to the point of hilarity. Don't watch this expecting a really great movie. But the acting is mostly good, and it is entertaining. If it hasn't already, this movie will certainly become a cult classic. ...more info
- Long Live Bruce Campbell
I hesitate to write a review on this film after reading all of the other reviews on the same. However . . . I simply couldn't resist the temptation to insert my two cents' worth.
I LOVE this film. It's one of my "feel good" films. And, I agree with a couple of the other reviewers in that I also believe/feel that this film is multi-layered. It's funny and outrageous and also incredibly saddening.
I am biased because I think Bruce Campbell is fabulous. I both admire and envy him. He's a very talented man.
To me, BUBBA HO-TEP is outrageous and cheesy and wonderfully inventive and just plain old good adult fun.
Buy it if you need a good, guilt-free giggle....more info
- Two kinds of People
I use to believe the saying that there are "two kinds of people in this world...bla bla bla" to be trite and superficial, that is until watching this movie and reading the reviews about it. Bubba Ho-Tep has instilled me with hope that there may still be a glimmer of creativity left in American film making. The avalanche of horrible films made each year is depressing. I would really rather stay at home and watch the Turner Classic Movie Channel than go see the garbage that passes for film making these days. Bubba Ho-Tep is a wonderful film full of humor and pathos. The story line is merely a facade for a tender movie regarding a persons essence and dignity. It is also nice to see Elvis dying the death of an evil fighting hero than a bloated drug addict dying on a bathroom floor. In the end, there are two kinds of people - those that like Bubba Ho-tep and those that do not. Personally, I just prefer not to associate with those that do not....more info
- cult classic
Very off the wall.But if you like off the wall and Bruce Campbell then this is the movie for you.I give it 4 stars....more info
- best Horror/Drama/Comedy/Bruce Campbell movie ever
This is A must have, is one of the best movies and a great favorite of mine, dont get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Bruce, but this one in particular, is one piece of gold, its has great lines, elvis and JFK and pretty cool,
This a cheesy movie, with great great hearth, and thats what's matter the most.
Forgive my English, I'm from Mexico and we don't Speak English nor write it.
In few word...BUY THIS DVD???????
LONG LIVE THE KING...more info
- A Bruce Campbell drama - pretty good
I just got done watching this movie and came on Amazon to read the other reviews. The review by Kendal (BEK) is the most comical review I've ever read. This person has reviews about French books and plays in his listmania yet felt the need to review a B movie with Bruce Campbell. First of all, who ever on God's green earth has ever watched a B movie and expected a serious and believable plot? B movies are my favorite and I've yet to see one that has a believable plot. Let's see - Maniac Cop (a movie about a disfigured massive man who somehow didn't die after a prison fight and goes around killing people for fun - yep that's believable). Street Trash - a movie about Viper liquor that when drunk turns the person into multi-colored slime (yep another believable plot). Brain Damage - a movie about a parasite that feeds the host psychedelic drugs in exchange for human brains (another believable plot). Dead Alive - a rat monkey bites a woman and turns her into some kind of psycho zombie / monster that the son keeps locked up in the basement because it's his mum after all (oh yeah another believable one). The Toxic Avenger - a skinny guy falls into toxic waste and turns into a big brute that goes around stopping criminals (ahh yes, very believable). I could go on and on. The point is B movies have never had any basis in reality and no B movie that I've ever seen has had a plot based on believability and to rate a B movie based on it's believability is the work of a what I call a pseudo-intellectual. You know the type - they sit around in Starbucks and drink $4 cups of coffee having driven there in their 8 MPG vehicle all the while complaining about the gas prices and the economy.
The point of B movies is that they are cheesy and that's what gives them their charm. Bruce going down the hill and not having any sweat on him - THAT WAS DONE ON PURPOSE!! I'm amazed that someone would review a B movie based on plot holes and its lack of believability when the whole point of B movies is to be unbelievable and really cheesy. Wow, there's few people on this earth that have ever missed the point as much as Mr. Kendal. Now this movie was more of a drama than a comedy or horror like other Bruce Campbell movies so people coming in are probably expecting something quite a bit different. But as far a B movies go this is an average or better movie with some great acting and good dramatic elements (in the typical B movie style). Again, WOW on the missed point by Kendal. Funny how this person says he's going to be attacked by "believers" when obviously most of the people watching this movie are understanding ahead of time what type of movie they are watching and this person is out in left field. If I watched Shindler's list and complained about the lack of comedy that might equate to how badly the point was missed here. ...more info
I was very pleased with this product. I was upset I had to return it due to some miscommunication...more info
- The King of Rock N' Roll vs. The Mummy...with a little help from JFK
Bruce Campbell plays a slightly deranged, former Elvis impersonator (or is he, as he claims, really Elvis?) who is spending his last days at an old age home in Texas. He teams up with another senior citizen at the home, a Black man who thinks he's JFK, to take on an Egyptian mummy that has been killing residents and sucking out their souls for sustenance. (I kept waiting for Jim Morrison to make an appearance, but he does not....)
This somewhat strange comedy isn't for everyone. If you like independent, off-beat films such as Jim Jarmusch's early comedies or Andy Kaufman's "My Breakfast with Blassie," then you should like this flick. BUBBA HO-TEP is destined to become a cult classic (if it isn't one already).
- Off-the-Wall Comedy
Bubba Ho-Tep tells the story of a retirement home where the people are slightly odd. The main character claims he is really Elvis. Another person - a black man - believes he is really JFK. This odd duo encounters an old Mummy that has somehow come to the current time to kill everyone in it's path. Bruce Campbell, famous for his roles in the "Evil Dead" franchise, does a great job as Elvis. This movie is overly hilarious and a little bit odd. The bonus features are very very good, Bruce Campbell does 2 commentary tracks, one playing the role of "Elvis," the other as Bruce Campbell himself. These commentary tracks provide a great amount of information the production of the movie and although I'm not a huge fan of commentary tracks I love the ones on this DVD. Overall, if you're a fan of Bruce Campbell you should check this out....more info
- Great package
This package has the same DVD as in the limited collector's edition (One Disc, plenty of special features) The only difference is that it does not contain the small book inside and there is no slipcase but it has the new Elvis jacket slipcase.
A must have for any fan of this movie. 5/5
- A Neglected Classic
This movie, based on a Joe R. Landsdale short story, is probably as good as independent movie making gets. A geriatric Elvis and a black John F. Kennedy in a West Texas nursing home being victimized by a Mummy that comes out of the swamp at night and sucks the soul out of the old folks! How can you pass that up? Bruce Campbell should have been nominated for an Oscar for his performance as an aging and crippled Elvis. Ossie Davis plays JFK with half his brain replaced with sand by the CIA after the Dallas shooting. At one point Elvis criticizes a plan to kill the Mummy. JFK replies, "Give me a break. I'm working with sand here." Ella Joyce turns in a wonderful performance as the nurse who manages to `turn on' the King.
While on the surface this is a funny put-on of horror flicks, it has other layers. The treatment of the elderly is one that comes to mind. The reason the Mummy can carry on his depredations is that no-one really cares about these people. Another level is the chance to make one last grand gesture in your life, no matter what the conditions.
You really need to see this movie. I have loaned my copy out lots of times and I often get questioning looks. But if you get it, you get it. If not, no explanation will ever do.
- Unique out look on Elvis
I really like this movie due to the fact that it took a unique take on the life of both Elvis & JFK - why not - you have to ask yourself - maybe Elvis did pull a switch on the world- The movie had some really good one liners as well- the plot is simple & it works - would recommend this movie to all my friends :) Plus Bruce Campbell ROCKS ...more info
- Do I Like This or Hate It?
I'm a Bruce Campbell fan - even in his cameos in the Spiderman series.
Now this film? I have no idea if I liked it or hated it. I watched the whole thing and at times I thought that it was funny. It is not the least scary but I don't know if it intended to be scary. Campbell and Davis give excellent performances.
Heck, I don't know so I gave it three stars for my own indecision.
Frank Scoblete: author of Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution!...more info
- Disappointing Film, But Bruce Campbell Is Great
I had really hoped that this little film would have more to deliver. It seems to have a cast of about 10 people, and the evil mummy (inexplicably wearing a cowboy outfit) looks no better than Halloween costumes in the $100 range. Special effects? Hmm...I think not. (Hey, here's a wild idea - if you're going to put a giant scarab beetle in your movie, how about building one with legs that move?)
That being said, Bruce Campbell is terrific playing the aged and crusty Elvis Presley. I was expecting his performance to be pure over-the-top camp, but it was funny, sympathetic and thoroughly believable. The film is worth seeing just for his performance, and you'll wish that the rest of the production was worthy of all he brings to the role....more info
- Bubba Ho-Tep
Bruce Campbell is a gifted actor, and he gives his best performance to date in Bubba Ho-Tep. He plays Elvis Presley who is now living in an East Texas retirement home where no one believes he is really The King. In a flashback told by the bed-ridden Elvis, we see that he got tired of all the fame, fans, and money. So he switched places with the best Elvis impersonator. Now that he is an old man in a retirement home, no one believes he is the real Elvis. That is expect for his fellow retiree and friend, a black JFK (Ossie Davis). Throw in a soul-sucking, cowboy hat-wearing, 3000-year-old mummy named Bubba Ho-Tep and you have this bizarre comedy/drama/horror/faux biopic film that believe it or not, is an emotional movie that deals with how iconic celebrities and the elderly are looked upon.
Even though the plot of this film is unlike any other film, the characters have such an oddly emotional appeal that you go along with the story all the way. You really believe that Elvis is Elvis. The characters are played with sincerity.
Most people will recognize Bruce Campbell as the star of the Evil Dead films and from his small roles in the Spider-Man series. Campbell looks, talks, and acts just like an elderly Elvis might. He is really wonderful as an aging Elvis.
This is a great film.
- Elvis and JFK vs The Mummy......you WILL believe!
I must admit right off the top that I've never been a big Bruce Campbell fan at all.I have found his acting to be pedestrian at best with just one or two "tricks" he invariably uses in every role he plays.This role however has made me rethink Bruce Campbell and his abilities.
Bruce plays an aging Elvis who has wound up in a nursing home,wondering where his life all went wrong and what the heck that "thing" is on his,er well,private parts! He shows a great range in his portrayal here and he leaves you convinced he is "The King".
He becomes a reluctant ally with another nursing home inhabitant by the name of John Kennedy,the past president.This role is played beautifully by veteran actor Ossie Davis who also convinvces you,skin colour included,that he is who he portrays.
Both find themselves pitted against a mummy who is using this seniors home as a "feeding" ground for collecting souls.A Fox who has had free reign in the proverbial henhouse,you might say, until he is found out and comes up against two decrepit but committed post-famous geriatrics.
The film is,when all said and done,a battle of good-against-evil thriller with some wonderful and original twists but there is something else.The thread of life in nursing homes and just how seniors are treated by staff and visitors alike winds its' uncomfortable way through this picture meshing in well with on going events.At times though it almost threatens to slow the pace and narrative up but there is enough of the major theme to keep it rolling steadily along.
This movie is one that just does not rush itself.It has a story to tell you,events and people that it wants you to come to know and when the payoff comes around everything ends well and as it should.Patience is the key word here but it pays off in spades.Special mention also goes to the roles of Elvis'nurse and to the two undertakers who have a running gag throughout the film.
I recommend this movie highly.Kudos to Mr Davis and especially a tip of the derby to Mr Campbell who does a surprisingly expert job in his portrayal here.A deliberately paced horror flick with some wonderful and surprisingly original twists on an old theme....more info
- Bruce is back!
Bruce Campbell is back, better than ever, and bringing a HUGE slice of the unexpected in BUBBA HO TEP. Young zombie fighter Ash no more, Bruce takes on the role of an aging Elvis who battles a mummy set on devouring the souls of the residents of the King's retirement home. Yes, wacky stuff, but the film is really more of a comic meditation on growing old than a horror film. Good thing, too - director Don Coscarelli gets terrific performances from Campbell and Ozzie Davis, but falls short in terms of the more genre moments of the film. But since those elements take a backseat to terrific, strange character interplay, Bubba Ho Tep is none the worse for wear.
Recommended for Campbell fans and ANYONE who wants a taste of good, offbeat cinema....more info
- Bruce Campbell's best yet!
Bruce Campbell is indeed the king of B, and by the end of this movie he has you believing that he really is Elvis. Ocie Davis also has a winning and persuasive performance as JFK. Throw in a typically absurd Bruce Campbellesque comedy-horror storyline and you have a real winner. Picture JFK in his wheelchair and an aged Elvis in his trademark white jumpsuit and supported by his walker chasing a ghoul down a hill in the middle of the night - it's great!
Anyone who loves Campbell will find this a must-have for their collection. It's Bruce's best yet.
By the way - Bruce is great on film but even better in person. Go see him if you get a chance....more info
- Elvis the zombie fighter ... Need I say more?
If you're a Bruce Campbell fan (and who isn't?) and you'd like to see him in and action adventure horror film in which he plays the king of rock and roll (and who wouldn't?) search no more. This is the camp-thriller of your dreams! The extras are great, too!...more info
- Bonus Materials
The Bubba Ho-Tep (Limited Edition) DVD will feature the following bonus materials:
* Audio Commentaries
* Joe R. Landsdale Reads from Bubba Ho-Tep
* The Making of Bubba Ho-Tep
* Deleted Scenes
* Photo Gallery
* TV Spot
* Theatrical Trailer ...more info
- ELVIS & JFK SAVE THE SENIORS FROM THE FORCES OF EVIL
I read the plot on the back of the video box and it was outlandish,
preposterous, and surreal. Laughing out loud, I rented this movie and
entered the Twilight Zone of camp and horror-comedy. A "B" movie that was
pretty funny and entertaining. Bubba became a cult classic for myself and
my weird sense of humor. A movie that shows good vs. evil, the plight of
seniors in retirement, solves the JFK mystery, and the real flesh Elvis,
hidden in retirement, can't be half bad. It starts out slow paced, gives
you the retirement life of Elvis and JFK, then leads you to a showdown
with a mummy that is sucking out the souls of seniors. Elvis in white
sequined jump suit splendor must stop the mummy,along with,the now black
JFK. The ending will remind you of a spoof of the great western
showdown. WARNING- there is crude language throughout the film.
The only film that I can think of as a comparison is "The Adventures of
Buckaroo Banzai" for sheer madness, camp and humor. If you have rented
everything at your local video store, Bubba Ho-Tep could be your answer
on a rainy night.
- A C T I O N
Terrific, weird, campy, and funny in an offbeat way kind of movie. Definitely a late night classic. "Big check on that, baby!"...more info
- All glory is fleeting
Bruce Campbell in a sensitive and serious movie? I think we had better believe it! I just think that Campbell wants to show that the real horror is not some supernatural mummy, it is the very real horror of growing old and infirm. He just chooses to show it in the Bruce Campbell way!
Maybe one reason that I find Campbell's performance so touching is that the subject is so very personal to Campbell himself: he knows how fickle fame and glory really are, since he himself is a culthero for some, and totally unknown to most.
A weak mummy preys on the old and forgotten in a retirement home. An old an infirm Elvis Presley joins up with an even older and infirmer JFK to end its reign of terror. But it seems like the relatives and staff welcome its killings, since it gets rid of old coots, and frees up beds, and frees relatives of their responsibility.
The film is very funny, I think, and the story is good. Bruce Campbell really gives a quite deep and sensitive portrait of an aging Elvis, or Elvis impersonator, trying to restore his lost dignity.
However, maybe the final joke is at the audiences expense; I just can't get rid of the feeling that the film is really about two deluded old men hallucinating it all, escaping into a fantasy world before finally dying....more info