Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death", then missed his chance to switch back.
Get old, you can't even cuss someone and have it bother 'em. Everything you do is either worthless or sadly amusing.
- Elvis Presley / Sebastian Haff
I love Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead films, but even I have to admit that his greatest role is in this film as Elvis Presley / Sebastian Haff. It's his performance that elevates this low budget horror film into something special.
People believe he used to be an Elvis impersonator named Sebastian Haff and that he just has a few marbles loose now that he is in an old age home and insists that he really is Elvis Presley. No proof is given to the viewer except for a few flashbacks, but…
Admittedly, I am a big fan of movies where it seems like the story evolved from a late-night, drug-fueled "brainstorming" session where every idea seems like the best idea anyone's ever had and none of them should be excised because, goddamn it, this shit is pure gold (sniff).
Bubba Ho-tep transcends it's, er . . . high-concept premise because of Bruce Campbell's hammy portrayal of Elvis and Ossie Davis coming at his role of John F. Kennedy pretty straight. Part of me thinks it might have actually been better if the the entire film had been played completely straight outside of Campbell's performance (do we really need plot points about dicks and assholes?), but I still found the humor enjoyable because I'm immature.
Made me slightly more interested in John Dies at the End.
Can't believe its taken me so long to get round to watching this, I love it so much! Two of my favourite things in the world ever are Bruce Campbell and Elvis, so this film is pretty much flaw-free.
Clayton: I kinda liked Bubba Ho-Tep.
Jeff: *Everyone* liked Bubba Ho-Tep.
- My Name Is Bruce
The best thing about this film is undoubtedly Bruce Campbell's performance. He really does nail it. Having said that, the film does lag terribly in places. Having read Joe R. Lansdale's excellent book "The Drive-In", I had high expectations of this film (based on his short story), but it didn't quite live up to them.
There's nothing more rewarding to a cult-film fan like describing the premise of Bubba Ho-Tep to a friend and receiving the most confused reply from them, then which they follow up with "Can I borrow it sometime?"
Sadly, most the time you have the film given back to you with a subdued reply, mainly because that person was expecting something very different to what they got. And the film they would of got would of likely of been the outcome granted the film got a big studio behind it, which feels bonkers considering the way people react to hearing the premise (granted they didn't take many risks back in 2002 like studios seem to be doing at the moment). But…
a fascinating trip into the mind of rock
Hail to the king baby
It's a wonder that this movie exists, let alone that it WORKS, but it somehow does. In part because Bruce Campbell is just perfect for the role, and in part because Don Coscarelli knows what he's doing.
The casting saves this film
An elderly Elvis (Bruce Campbell) and a black JFK (Ossie Davis) fight a mummy that is slaughtering the denizens of the old folks home they share. If it sounds like the most ridiculous plot you’ve ever heard, it is—and it’s also one of the most touching stories on aging and human mortality ever to fit neatly within the B-movie genre. After the King switches places with a popular Elvis impostor to live a normal life for a while, the impostor goes and dies on him, leaving him stranded in his life of normalcy. Flash forward a few decades, and the aged king is having trouble with his “pecker” and with convincing the nurses that treat him that he is in…
Long before we knew of Abraham's Lincoln hatred for vampires, and Hansel and Gretel's career beheading witches, we had Elvis. As we already imagined, Elvis was alive and kicking some mummy's ass. Not to mention the invaluable help from a black J.F.K. Sounds silly? Oh, yes, it is. Is it funny? Not really. Is it worth it? Not quite, despite the ever welcoming presence of Bruce Campbell and some scarce effective existentialist moments.
Mucho antes de conocer el odio que profesaba Abraham Lincoln por los vampiros, y la trayectoria de Hansel y Gretel decapitando brujas, teníamos a Elvis. Como suponíamos, Elvis estaba vivo y pateando culos de momia. Sin mencionar la ayuda inestimable de un J.F. K. negro. ¿Suena estúpido? Oh, sí, sin duda. ¿Es divertido? Realmente no. ¿Vale la pena? No mucho, a pesar de la siempre bienvenida presencia de Bruce Campbell y algunos escasos efectivos momentos existencialistas.
In einem Altersheim vegetiert kein geringerer als Elvis Presley vor sich hin - auch wenn ihm die Schwestern einreden wollen, dass er nur ein Presley-Imitator und nicht der echte King ist. Sein trostloser Lebensabend wird mit einem Mal spannend, als eine Mumie in Cowboy-Klamotten auftaucht, die sich über die wehrlosen Rentner hermacht. Zusammen mit seinem Freund, der sich für JFK hält, stellt "Elvis" Nachforschungen an, und beschließt das Monster aufzuhalten.
Die Story klingt nach übelstem Trash, und dass Bruce "Ash" Campbell die Hauptrolle spielt, bestärkt einen noch in dieser Erwartung. Aber ich war erstaunt, wie gut das alles inszeniert war - trotz des schrägen Humors gibt es durchaus ernste und bewegende Szenen, und alle Schauspieler machen ihre Arbeit sehr gut. Eingeweide und nacktes Fleisch braucht dieser Film nicht, aber Campbell kann immer noch durch Coolness glänzen und seine Sprüche reißen. Ein origineller, kleiner Film!
I rate on how i enjoyed them at the time, so snow and ice and me reluctantly on a turbo didn't help here.
Seeing Elvis and JFK united did though. Crude and poignant - oh so sad at times - this true enough story should be seen
This mini-Coscarelli marathon is going swimmingly. It's making me wonder about adding the second Phantasm film and the ostensibly dire-looking "Beastmaster". Not that Bubba Ho-tep is a repeat and rinse exercise on the wackiness of Phantasm, and given the patterns swirling through the director's head, you could almost call this reserved. Actually the word would be cool. Bruce Campbell's embodiment of a flaky, disambulated King of Rock'n'Roll is a beautiful creation. You think you are going to watch a walking (limping) cliché, but the Elvis legend is leviathan. When the King drops into kung-fu stance to take on the rather cute killer-Mummy, it's Campbell picking the right tranche of Elvis apocrypha for that moment. The ton of facial ticks and…