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Call me a loyal fan, but I simply can not pass up an opportunity to see a Bruce Campbell film. But my loyalty is not misguided. Campbell is one of those actors (b-grade as he may be) that simply commands a peculiar presence unlike any of the over paid Hollywood celebrities. Fans of the Evil Dead trilogy, Brisco County Jr and to a lesser extent Hercules: The legendary Journeys will know what I am talking about.
Roles like these can only be filled by the likes of Campbell , which makes him a perfect choice for the lead role for this tongue in cheek horror comedy.
Based on a short story by Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-Tep centres on an aging Elvis Presley, very much alive and residing in an old people's home in Texas after trading places many years before with Elvis impersonator Sebastian Haff (also played by Campbell ).
Elvis (Campell) and his posse.
This arrangement was supposed to only be temporary but as we all know, the King died, leaving the real (barely mobile) Elvis to live his final days in aged care.
Like many others in the latter stages of life, Elvis has become reliant on others to take care of him. This is emphasised in the early stages of the film as Campbell narrates his grievances and regrets this life has dealt him. In particular, his constant complaining about his inability to raise an erection.
John F. Kennedy (Davis) and Elvis first enounter of Bubba Ho-Tep together.
But nothing is normal at the Mud Creek Shady Rest. An ancient Mummy is on the premises and has taken a fancy to sucking the souls out of the rest home residents.
With his good friend John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis) researching the Mummy, they discover exactly why he needs the souls of old people. As non-one else will believe them, both protagonists decide they must stop the Mummy thereby taking control of their lives once again. This is where Elvis gains his new found control, and consequently can now control parts of his body he thought were 'dead' for ever.
Elvis and Kennedy going after the Mummy.
Rather than concentrate on action or special effects, the story is focussed on the comedy aspect. Considering the film does not take itself too seriously, Campbell gives a convincing performance as Elvis and even manages to offer credibility by not playing the cliche Elvis we have all come to know from many a parody.
The Mummy, AKA Bubba Ho-Tep.
If you only take this movie as seriously as itself, you will enjoy Bubba Ho-Tep. A thinking person's comedy adventure featuring a Mummy, John F. Kennedy and the King. What more could you ask for?