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USA 2002
Directed by
Don Coscarelli
92 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Bubba Ho-Tep

This economical and generally amusing black comedy advances the premise that Elvis didn't die in 1979 but is living out his days in an East Texas rest home. That's a tough call for the King but even tougher is that the home is being used as a feeding lot for a soul-sucking mummy, the eponymous Bubba Ho-Tep, and the only help that the 70-year old Elvis has to best this son-of-a-bitch is a black JFK (Ossie Davis). The screenplay, written by Coscarelli and based on a short story by Joe R. Lansdale is quite droll but it is the fine performance by Bruce Campbell as the 70 year old King in pyjamas that wins one over whilst Ossie Davis provides solid support.

 

 

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