DVD Review: Bubba Ho-Tep
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
Directed By: Don Coscarelli
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout, Bob Ivy
Brutal As Hell Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Review By: Annie Riordan
Elvis lives! Well, sort of. Actually, Elvis swapped his identity with an Elvis impersonator named Sebastian Haff back in the 70s and retired to a quiet life in a Texas trailer park. Except the trailer exploded, the impersonator died and Elvis can’t prove that he’s really Elvis. Now he’s laid up in a shitty retirement home with a cancerous growth on his pecker, bitterly reflecting on his life and losses.
But Elvis discovers that he still has some life left in him when an ancient Egyptian mummy invades the home, sucking the life out of its residents and pestering Elvis himself with a peanut butter sandwich sized scarab beetle! Elvis teams up with a wheelchair bound JFK (who, by the way, dyed himself black, has a bag of sand in his head and lives in perpetual fear of being found by LBJ) to battle the shriveled up menace and ultimately prove that no one, but NO ONE, fucks with The King!
Faithfully based on the short story by Joe R.Lansdale, Bubba Ho-Tep became an immediate cult classic, shown in limited theatrical release and earning a well deserved rep upon its DVD premiere. I actually got to see it on the big screen and it was worth every penny I paid for it. Okay yeah, I paid for a matinee show, but I totally would have paid full ticket price if I’d had to!
Bruce Campbell as Elvis is absolutely flawless, burying himself so deep within the character that at times I forgot he was Bruce Campbell. The Late Great Ossie Davis as JFK damn near steals the entire movie out from under him, which is no easy feat.. Keep an eye out for Daniel Roebuck and Reggie Bannister in small roles as well.
The only thing scarier than a soul sucking mummy is the thought of rotting away in a decrepit old age home, and Don Coscarelli succeeds almost too well with both the scares and the despairs of the cast. There’s no empty-headed, fornicating teens in this flick, thank god. Bubba Ho-Tep, by turns, is an elegantly classy film as well as a bathroom-humor-riddled dirty little horror movie. Oh, and the DVD is filled to bursting with extras, including a full length audio commentary by Bruce Campbell in character as Elvis Presley! SO AWESOME!
Are you tired of the same old slasher shit? Did you love Phantasm and Army Of Darkness? Then check out Bubba Ho-Tep, and hurry up and do it before the sequel, Bubba Nosferatu and the Curse of the She-Vampires (no lie!) comes out in 2009!