Sunday, May 30, 2004

Bubba Ho-Tep

In addition to the movies that are so bad, they’re good, I do enjoy the occasional good movie. Recently, I watched Bubba Ho-Tep, an independent horror/comedy that had a limited theatrical release and is now available on dvd. What initially drew me to this movie was the star, Bruce Campbell, who I am a huge fan of, from the Evil Dead series to his more recent work in Sci-Fi Channel made for tv roles. Bubba Ho-Tep has a similar feel to it as the Evil Dead movies, primarily with the whole horror/comedy set up. But Bubba Ho-Tep explores some deeper issues, from senility to coming to terms with death, to what would Elvis be doing if he were alive today, to how the hell a mummy got into a rest home. The basic plot is that Elvis did not in fact die, but managed to fake his own death and lived out the rest of his life as an Elvis impersonator. But now the aged King is wasting away in a run down rest home in Texas. Campbell plays the King, and only he could make the clichéd lines (“Thank you, thank you very much”, and of course “T.C.B., baby”) not come off corny. He plays a mean Elvis and the make-up is astonishing, but there still is the underlying knowledge throughout the film that it is Bruce Campbell in a fat Elvis suit, which I found enjoyable and not distracting in the least. While pondering his inevitable demise and wondering what his life would be like had he remained Elvis, and if his loved ones knew he was alive, would they care, he discovers that there is a mummy lurking in the rest home at night, sucking out the souls of the residents. He joins forces with his only friend, an old black man in a wheelchair who thinks he’s JFK (played by Ossie Davis), and the two go into battle. The movie is filled with incredible comical situations (the whole premise is pretty damn comical on its own), and some pretty complex life issues. When I had first read the plot summaries of this movie, I figured it would be a hit or miss, and I was banking on miss, since the whole concept, if not done the right way, could just come out messy and corny, but this IS done the right way. I don’t think I could rightly do the movie justice here, and in the hopes that those who read this would want to see it, I don’t want to give too much away, but bottom line is this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.


Blogger Rachel said...

must...see...anything with Bruce Campbell.

6:25 PM  

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