Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dollar Bin Horror Review - Bubba Ho-Tep

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

Ok most of you have seen this film, but for those of you who haven't, let me try and explain this to you...

Bruce Campbell plays "Elvis" (or a man who believes he really is Elvis and switched himself out with the best damn impersonator he ever met who like drugs and fast food even more than he did) who now lives in a nursing home with a growth on his pecker (best line in the movie by the way). His one friend is a black man who believes he is JFK (stick with me). A lot of the residents are dying and the staff assumes it's old age...but Elvis and JFK soon realize it's actually an ancient mummy (in a mofo cowboy suit I may add) who sucks souls out of an orifice of the victim's body to stay alive (namely...their assholes).
Now, I know this sounds like a really bad plot that might make you wanna say what the fuck did I just read (or maybe you like it, either way, it's a WTF moment)...but there's a reason horror fans (and even Roger Ebert) liked this film. Why you ask? Because despite the craziness of it all, the film stands out as heartwarming as we learn more about our two heroes (seriously, when the one resident who thought he was a cowboy hero tried to shoot the mummy with his toy pistols got killed, I actually teared up a was sad!) and is packed with funny one liners (lots), pretty cool action for a nursing home, and Bruce Campbell's portrayal of The King (even if it's not really The King) is pretty fucking dead on! They really need to make a movie of Elvis' life and have him star (seriously, he really had that shit down! The voice and everything!). And even with the plot's craziness, the script is superbly written with the dialogue being 100% believable and doing the job of pulling you into the story. 
As crazy as it may be, Bubba Ho-Tep is a fantastic flick that everyone should see at LEAST once...if not for anything else, to see the best damn Elvis there has been...except for the real one that is.

And since Elvis did say "Viva Las Vegas", check out this list of The Best and Worst of Horror Films Set in Las Vegas from!

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