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  • Rated: R
  • Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Bob Ivy
  • Written By: Joe R. Lansdale (short story), Don Coscarelli (screenplay)
  • Directed By: Don Coscarelli
  • Genre: Mummy
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
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31 Days of Horror Movies: Bubba Ho-Tep

Day 2

By Robert T. Trate     October 02, 2013
Source: Mania.com

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
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Halloween is a special time. It is the one time of year when everyone gives of themselves. What they give can be anything from candy to a scare. We thought this October, we here at Mania would give you 31 Horror Films for the 31 days of October. Now, many of you will know these films. Some of you, may not. Get ready for 31 days of Horror Films that will run gauntlet from scary to campy, from horrific to down right ridiculous. Happy Halloween from Mania!
Bubba Ho-tep (2002) starring the legendary Bruce Campbell (Evil Deadand the late great Ossie Davis (Do The Right Thing). Now this is a crazy fun movie, perfect for Halloween.
It turns out that Elvis (Bruce Campbell) is alive and well in a Texas nursing home. He apparently traded places with the best impersonator he could find and didn’t get to trade back. He now goes by the impersonator’s name, Sebastian Haff. His best friend is former president John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis), who was placed in the nursing home to be protected from the communists and was simply forgotten about.  Ossie Davis is very convincing as JFK, but you have to know the actor to see what the big deal is all about.

Now the story, as if those two characters aren’t enough, revolves around these two men protecting their nursing home from a soul sucking mummy, the title character, Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy). See, this mummy, Bubba, also dresses like a cowboy and sucks souls from a “dirty” place.

The movie is slow, but it fits the pace of people living in a nursing home. The “King’s” voiceover plays heavily into the heart of the film, which makes you believe that Campbell really is Elvis.

The message in the film is actually quite endearing.  Never give up on yourself or your friends.  Be true to who you are, or who you believe you are.  And if you are going down, go down in a blaze of gory.

Sadly, the prequel/ sequel has been in development hell for years. 

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TheFuzzyDan 10/2/2013 6:54:10 AM

Love this film and I hope a prequel/sequel never comes out.  Some movies are best as stand-alone stories.

redhairs99 10/2/2013 7:46:13 AM

Gotta agree with FuzzyDan.  While I'd love to see more of Bruce as Elvis, be it sequel or prequel, I think this film should just stand on it's own and is probably better left that way.  

Hopefully the director doesn't come around in 10 or 15 years and decide to produce a remake with a new director that completely does away with any and all heart that the original movie had.

VTGamehendge 10/2/2013 8:05:52 AM

"Just...pull on it a little."

mellowdoux 10/2/2013 10:19:34 AM

 Love this film!



SarcasticCaveman 10/2/2013 10:59:46 AM

 Me and a friend drove for over an hour to the scary part of the south side of Indianapolis to see it in the theater...love it.

aegrant 10/2/2013 5:47:00 PM

 this movie cracked me up.

SmokingFrog77 10/2/2013 5:49:24 PM

The other beautiful thing about this movie is the exploration of the loneliness of aging and being forgotten, which lends so much gravitas to the other important themes.

DaForce1 10/2/2013 11:43:38 PM

 Last I heard, the prequel was supposed to be called "Bubba Nosferatu" with Ron Perlman taking over for Bruce. That came straight from Bruce's mouth last year.

blankczech 10/4/2013 3:28:12 PM

Robert Trate...just want to say that I am loving these 31 Days of Horror Movies reviews.  This is Mania at the top of their game...like when you (or was it another Mania writer) rated the top Comic Book Artists a while back.  The review of the 1953 Vincent Price Horror Classic House of Wax (elsewhere on this site) is an added bonus. 

I often come on this website to rip movies or TV shows but even though I admit to being a cranky old curmudgeon (many Maniacs have written about how annoying my posts are)  I don't hate everything.

There are many other websites that cover these genres but in my opinion Mania does it best...that's why I keep coming back here, even though, I'm sure many wish I wouldn't.



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