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Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
For any Bruce Campbell fan this is a must see movie. A movie whore should own it, I do.
The film starts with a voice over from Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) and it is this dialog that sets the tone for this movie. With a Name Like “Bubba Ho-tep” and Bruce Campbell as you star, you expect a certain amount of cheese and this film does not disappoint.
You see way back when Elvis had enough of the spotlight and wanted to get away from being Elvis. He found an Elvis impersonator that looked and sounded just like him. He made him a deal. You become me and I will be you. You get the money, the house and all the groupies you could want. They had it all written out so that one day Elvis could take his life back. Only one problem, one day while having a BBQ Elvis’ trailer goes up in flames and with it anything that could prove he was the real king.
Over the years Elvis eeked out a living as an impersonator of himself and then one day later in life he broke his hip and now is in a old folks home until he dies. Elvis is not alone. One of the other people living here is none other than JFK (Ossie Davis). I could tell you why a black man is a white former president but that would ruin the joke. You are just going to have to wait and see.
In the middle of the night a truck carrying the remains of a mummy goes off the bridge near the retirement home and unleashes the mummy on the unsuspecting old timers inside. He comes I the middle of the night and sucks their essence so that he may live. Elvis suspects fouls play when people start dropping like flies. He teams up with JFK to figure out just what is going on.
Once the duo discovers the mummy they know that no one will believe them and it is up to the King of Rock n Roll and a former President of the United States to deal with the mummy. What ensues is absolute hilarity and something I never get tired of watching.
Bruce Campbell truly is the master of the B-Movie and is a better actor than most give him credit. His performance is one of the best impersonations of Elvis I have ever seen. He looks and sounds the part better than just about any one I have seen. I have to say this was the one part that surprised me. You forget you are watching Bruce and start to feel like you’re watching Elvis and that is one of the tell tale signs of great acting.
Ossie Davis as usual does not disappoint and all I could think while watching him was, “How the hell did they get him to say yes to this?”
Thank God they did get him. Ossie and Bruce have great chemistry in this film and it is the 2 of them together that makes this film so memorable. I own this flick and still like to throw it in from time to time to give it a watch.
I have a new rating system and it works like this:
Top Dollar Trick: Not only was a happy to pay my money in the theater, I wanted to do it again.
Good enough for repeat business: I would watch it again but I might not want to hit the theater again.
One Night Stand: I saw it. It wasn’t bad but I probably won’t go out my way to see it again.
Call the cops: I just got robbed of my money and my time.
Gonorrhea of the eye: This film will require antibiotics to get rid the STD it just gave you.
Bubba Ho-tep earns a Top Dollar Trick. If I had the opportunity to see this in the theater I would have went back for more. This film is guaranteed to entertain.