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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
31 Days of Horror Movies: Bubba Ho-Tep
By Robert T. Trate
October 02, 2013
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 Dead) and 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.