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Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Elvis Presley and a black "JFK" stay in a nursing home where nothing happens - until a wayward Egyptian mummy comes and sucks out the old people's souls thru their a-holes. The two decide to fight back.

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writers:

Joe R. Lansdale (short story), Don Coscarelli (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Elvis Presley / Sebastian Haff
Ossie Davis ... Jack
Ella Joyce ... The Nurse
Heidi Marnhout ... Callie
Bob Ivy ... Bubba Ho-tep
Edith Jefferson Edith Jefferson ... Elderly Woman
Larry Pennell ... Kemosabe
Reggie Bannister ... Rest Home Administrator
Daniel Roebuck ... Hearse Driver
Daniel Schweiger ... Hearse Driver
Harrison Young ... Elvis' Roommate
Linda Flammer Linda Flammer ... Room Nurse
Cean Okada ... Attending Nurse
Solange Morand Solange Morand ... Iron Lung Lady
Karen Placencia Karen Placencia ... Baby
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Storyline

Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, 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. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds. Written by Eric Shovanda

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The King vs. The King of the Dead See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,636, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$1,239,183

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,239,183
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elvis describes his medicine bag as Mucho Mojo, the title of another story by the same author Joe R. Lansdale. See more »

Goofs

There are no mountains (as seen in the Nacogdoches fair scene and Mud Creek) in East Texas. See more »

Quotes

Elvis: You got Ding Dongs, man?
JFK: I've Ding Dongs, Paydays and a whole *box* of Baby Ruths.
Elvis: Oh, mama.
[JFK opens a dresser drawer filled with goodies]
JFK: So, what'll be? Let's get decadent.
Elvis: [Smiling] I'll have a Baby Ruth.
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Crazy Credits

The film thanks "The staff and residents of the Mud Creek Shady Rest Convalescent Home. Mud Creek, Texas", when in fact no such home exists. See more »

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References Nosferatu (1922) See more »

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Fabulously original film
11 August 2002 | by mattbw74See all my reviews

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to see this film at a horror and fantasy convention. Since it is not yet in distribution I jumped at the chance. Just to set the record straight, I didn't go into this film with normal expectations. The god that is known as Bruce Campbell stars in this film, and let's just say that any morsel of Bruce Campbell goodness I can get is going to make me absolutely love a movie.

The basic premise of this film is that Elvis Presley is alive and not too well. He lives in an East Texas nursing home. It seems that years before Elvis tired of his fame and switched places with an Elvis impersonator. The Elvis we see in this picture is a 68 year old man with a penchant for rings and large, jewel studded sunglasses. Whenever he claims to be Elvis, everyone just laughs at this crazy old Elvis impersonator obviously going senile in his old age. Elvis discovers that there's a mummy inhabiting his nursing home who is sucking the souls out of the residents through a rather disturbing bodily orifice. So Elvis teams up with an old African American man (Ossie Davis) claiming to be John Kennedy (his explanation for what happened to him has to be heard to be believed, and is one of the funnier jokes in the movie) to stop the mummy and save the souls of the residents of the nursing home.

As crazy and silly as this setup sounds, the film actually achieves depths that most "serious" movies can't even begin to touch. The film deals with what it's like to be an elderly person in this country when nobody cares about you. Elvis and Kennedy are both regretful about not being there for their children when they needed them. And a last chance for glory and leaving this world honorably is a recurring theme throughout the film (see Kemo Sabe's showdown with the mummy). All of these themes are handled with a deft hand, never hammering the point home, but intended to be taken seriously.

Ossie Davis gives a terrific comedic performance as "Jack" Kennedy. He delivers some rather eyebrow raising exposition with such a light touch, the audience is forced to except his explanation as fact and move on.

And then of course, Bruce Campbell. Campbell plays Elvis as we've never seen him, a 68 year old man with a bad hip and a cancerous growth in a very uncomfortable place. Anyone who has seen any of Campbell's performances knows he can play the hero or the buffoon with equal skill. But here, he pushes the bounds of his talent like never before. Perhaps the highest praise I can give his performance is that 10 minutes into the film, I forgot it was him, and truly believed it was Elvis on the screen.

The film was written for the screen and directed by Don Coscarelli. Coscarelli has been in something of a rut since his breakthrough hit with "Phantasm" over 20 years earlier. This is truly his best film since that horror classic, it may even be better.

The film was based on a short story by Joe R. Lansdale, the gifted writer. Lansdale routinely puts different genres in a blender together and comes out with something better than a genre outing. This film played just like one of his novels: Horror, comedy, fantasy, and a little bit of western.

Bruce Campbell was on hand for the screening I saw and made some comments before the film. He said that he did the film because it was so weird and that we need more films that aren't in the cookie cutter format. I couldn't agree more and I can't recommend this film highly enough. It breaks all molds and expectations. Seek it out when it finds a distributor, you won't be disappointed.


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