UNDISCOVERED GEMS – BUBBA HO-TEP (2002)

bubba

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davies, Ella Joyce, Bob Ivy, Larry Pennell

Directed by: Don Coscarelli

Synopsis: Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

There are weird films and there are weird films, and this is one weird film! It is not, however, weird in an un-watchable way though. It is highly watchable and is really funny.

In a nutshell, I think, Elvis isn’t dead. He swapped places with an Elvis impersonator and had a nice quiet life before ending up in this nice retirement home. Whilst in the retirement home he meets JFK, who is actually a black man in a wheel chair, who’s head is filled with sand because of the bullet. Are they really Elvis and JFK, or just old and slightly crazy? Who knows, and who cares when it is as insane as that!

Things take a turn for the worse at the nursing home one day when OAP’s start going missing. It turns out that their souls are being sucked up by an Egyptian mummy dressed as a cowboy. Obviously. This leads Elvis and JFK to a fight to the bitter end, zimmer frames and arthritic kung-fu included.

This film is not only crazy, but wildly entertaining and even a bit of a tear jerker in places. Elvis, played superbly by Bruce Campbell, is no longer the handsome rock ‘n’ roller, but an old, decrepit guy who still dreams of stardom and Priscilla.

If you want to watch a film that is wholly original, funny, poignant and kind of scary (in a fifties creature-feature kind of way) then I would whole heartedly recommend Bubba Ho-Tep. Sure, it is strange and as a consequence won’t appeal to everyone, but it deserves to be seen.

4 clappers

About thomasjford

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5 comments

  1. Surely this is the best story for a film ever! I keep missing it so need to make sure and catch it soon

  2. Thanks for this review, Tom! This one’s actually in our DVD collection. The first Bruce Campbell movie I saw was ‘My Name is Bruce’ (Fantasy Film Festival some years ago). Crazy and wildly entertaining is a very adequate choice of words. 😀

    • The premise is insane isn’t it, but that doesn’t detract from the film being a great watch. The directors next movie John Dies at The End is equally nuts!

  3. Balls out crazy premise! Wow, this guy also made John Dies at The End? Funny enough, these are both films that I have been meaning to watch but never got around to it. I love the dudes originality in that case. Both will have to be viewed at some point!

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