Mud Creek, Texas, is about to get all shook up. When mysterious deaths plague the Shady Rest retirement home, it's up to an aging, cantankerous "Elvis" (Bruce Campbell) and a decrepitand black"JFK" (Ossie Davis) to defeat ... more »a 3,000-year-old-Egyptian mummy with a penchant for sucking human souls! Can the King show the world that he can still take care of business?« less
Matt F. (laughingcheese1997) Reviewed on 6/10/2011...
Great movie. I love Bruce Campbell and had high expectations for this one, which it exceeded. It was hilarious and made you think about life, death, and how we treat the elderly. And the acting was great.
This is definitely a b movie, but definitely of higher quality than most movies that get labeled as such.
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 5/23/2011...
This film is essential viewing for all fans of Bruce Campbell. He gives one of the most memorable performances as Elvis of all people. The basic plot is pure insanity. Elvis didn't die and is now spending his final days in a Texas nursing home. He befriends JFK (played by Ossie Davis) and the two join forces to fight a mummy who's preying upon the residents. Funny and very touching.
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Robbi C. (silverscreensilent22) from WEBSTER GRVS, MO Reviewed on 2/24/2011...
It's no wonder TV critic Leonard Maltin included this film in his list of best movies most people haven't seen. It's a classic, funny yet scary. Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis steal the show with their memorable antics.
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John H. (johnniemidnite) from LYNNWOOD, WA Reviewed on 12/28/2009...
Wildly imaginative horror / comedy / buddy and whatever else you want to throw in flick.
Bruce Campbell rules!
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Brittni H. (venus) from BATON ROUGE, LA Reviewed on 11/10/2009...
A man lays in a hospital bed in a nursing home. It sounds like the writer of Steel Magnolia's is at it, again.
Imagine your surprise when you notice not only is it Bruce Campbell in the bed, but he's playing the King and complaining about his need for viagra (which is putting it politely). This simply sets the scene for the entire movie, and from the opening credits to the close, you are in for a wacky story line that thumbs it's nose at conventional Hollywood. Who says when an ancient evil awakes you must destroy the Hoover Dam to kill it, or bring to life the Statue of Liberty?
Indeed, that is what is great about this movie. It's earnest, un-ending spirit for making the mummy pay, saving the day, and making you laugh. You cannot go wrong with Classic Campbell, and this was a classic from the moment the first DVD rolled off the assembly line and it's case was clicked shut!
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Tom C. (tc) from WALTHAM, MA Reviewed on 3/23/2008...
Bruce & Coscarelli together in a film where Elvis & JFK battle a cowboy-hat wearing mummy in a retirement home ... how can you go wrong!
I know the plot seems ludicrous but, trust me, give this film a chance. It is the perfect blend of humor and horror with tongue set firmly in cheek. And it's all played just straight enough that it works.
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Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ Reviewed on 12/14/2007...
When I first heard about "Bubba Ho-Tep", I knew for a fact I would love it. Bruce Campbell playing Elvis, battling a 4,000 year-old mummy in an old age home in East Texas. What's not to love? I mean who wouldn't be curious to watch a film like this. Let's get into it.
Something evil lurks in the wee hours of the morning at an East Texas rest home, killing elderly residents one by one.
Enter Elvis Presley (remarkably played by Bruce Campbell), aka "The King of Rock N Roll", alive and not-so-well in present day. Apparently, Elvis was tired of the fame and had his fill of being an icon, so he switched places with Sebastian Haff (also played by Campbell), the best Elvis impersonator/look-a-like that ever was, sometime back in the early '70s. But Haff, was addicted to drugs more than the King ever was and it is he who dies of an overdose, and Elvis had missed his chance to switch back. So now, the real King is forced to live out Sebastian's life, as an Elvis impersonator. During one of his gigs, the King breaks his hip and falls offstage and winds up in a long coma. When he wakes, he finds himself old and battered in an East Texas rest home.
Elvis notices that something strange is happening at this rest home. It starts when an over-sized beetle attacks the King in his bedroom. The beetle is defeated, because remember, you "never f*** with the King". Enter Elvis' only friend at the home Jack Kennedy (Ossie Davis), a black man who thinks he's J.F.K. Jack has done some research and believes that the killings that are going down are being committed by an ancient mummy (or Ho-Tep) from 4,000 years ago, that somehow found its way in Texas, has recently been awakened and is now sucking the souls out of the elderly. When they encounter the Ho-Tep, they notice that this mummy sports a cowboy hat and boots, Texas redneck (aka "Bubba") wear. So, now our heroes Elvis Presley and J.F.K. decide to fight this soul-sucking mummy (with their wheelchair and walker) and send it back to the hell it came from. Let me stop here.
This movie is brilliant for many reasons. The story itself is so ridiculous and bizarre, that it's pure genius, very witty and clever. I had a great time with this film, lot of laughs. Bruce Campbell gives the best performance of his career here, an Oscar nomination is rightfully deserved. His portrayal of the King is perfect, top-notch and hysterical. Ossie Davis also puts in funny support as 'Jack', the two are great together on-screen. Don Coscarelli (the "Phantasm" series) has done some respectable work here. Being absent from theatrical releases since "Phantasm II" in '88, Coscarelli has finally provided a worthy film that can be added to his "classic list" of films ("Phantasm" and "The Beastmaster"), rather than continuing his recent "crappy list" (that consists of three "Phantasm" sequels and a mountain climbing thriller). He shows some admirable wit with both his screenplay (which was based on a story by Joe R. Lansdale), and his direction. "Bubba Ho-Tep" is a B-Movie by every definition, but I'm glad that they marketed it as a mainstream art-house film.
Highly recommended and so much fun, "Bubba Ho-Tep" is bound to be an instant cult classic, as well as a memorable Elvis film, with a memorable performance.
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Elvis & JFK vs. The Mummy
Matthew Perri | San Jose, CA | 10/22/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, I love this film dearly.
Yes, it's [very] funny.
Yes, it's probably one of the best films I have ever seen...and not just of the year but one of the best films of all-times."Bubba Ho-Tep" is a joy to watch, not because of the ludicrous premise and the silly situations, but because of the acceptance of the ludicrous premise and silly situations.And the feeling that (except for the mummy bit) this may all be true.Bruce Campbell (of the "Evil Dead" series of movies) gives the performance of his LIFE as Elvis Presley...an Elvis Presley who did NOT die. Instead, Elvis resides in a Texas resthome, waiting for death to take him out. His glory days are forever behind him and he's in a state of depression after watching his roommate kick the bucket next to him.Time passes slowly and so do his days and it makes him even more sick knowing that he can feel his demise coming.It's wrongheaded for most critics to overlook the metaphor in "Bubba Ho-Tep". Director Don Coscarelli ("Phantasm") cleverly adapts the story (from author Joe R. Lansdale's short story) and successfully brings the concept to life. You believe that Bruce Campbell is Elvis because he plays Presley with such heart and dignity that any Elvis fan will want "Ho-Tep" in their movie collection when it hits the video-shelves. Ossie Davis gives a warm-hearted performance as "Jack" AKA JFK. He's so sweet and lovable and you want him on your side because he's noble.And that's the brilliance of this movie: Campbell and Davis plays their rolls with a straight face. You believe that THEY believe they are who they say they are. It's deadpan comedy at its finest. It just better illustrates that this is a movie about growing old and confronting regret and fear before your time is up. Dress it up and make it dance but that's still what's at the core of the film and you can't deny it.As writer Stephen King once said, "We're all gonna die someday, baby. I'm just trying to make it interesting."I loved it.--Matt"
"Don't make me use my stuff on ya, baby!" (4.5 stars)
Michael Crane | Orland Park, IL USA | 05/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In the tradition of the "Evil Dead" movies, Bruce Campbell is back in true form in this horror/comedy/drama flick that's a roaring good time. You just don't know what to expect next once you start this bad boy. Filled with laughs, horror and surprisingly, heart, "Bubba Ho-Tep" is everything you'd want from a B-Movie and more.Campbell stars as an elderly Elvis who lives in a Texas retirement home. People keep thinking he's just an impersonator off his rocker, but in reality he had traded places with an "Elvis" impersonator so he could get away from all of the fame and hardships of a rock-n-roll star. However, something strange has been happening in this retirement home. Folks are dying mysteriously every night without any clear explanation. As it turns out, an Egyptian mummy is the cause for the deaths and it needs to feed on their souls to stay alive. It's up to Elvis and his buddy, JFK, to take on this monstrous foe before it slaughters every living person in the retirement home. The end results are unpredictable and off-the-wall.The premise alone intrigued me to see it. That, and Bruce Campbell. I'm always in the mood to see a good funny horror movie, and this movie did a great job of fulfilling that need. Not one minute went by where I was bored or disappointed. While the story may be over-the-top, it's done in such a creative and clever way. The movie has fun with itself and it's very easy to see. Bruce Campbell does a marvelous job as "Elvis," and let's not forget the great Ossie Davis as the one and only "JFK." The movie combines elements of comedy, drama and horror. It doesn't know what it wants to be at times, but the cast knew that from the get-go and they even goof on that fact (watch the featurettes and listen to the commentary).The DVD has some outstanding features. The movie sounds and looks really good for a flick that was done under such a low budget. The commentary tracks are definitely worth you time, and you MUST listen to the commentary track where Bruce Campbell does it as "The King" and stays in character the entire time. It is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Other extras include featurettes, a music video, deleted scenes, the original trailer and more. All of this makes one heck of a great package."Bubba Ho-Tep" is a great time from Campbell and company. Any fans of the "Evil Dead" movies will definitely want to put this on their list. Just keep in mind that this is a movie that you watch to be entertained and nothing more. This movie was pure enjoyment from beginning to end. It's bound to become a classic sooner or later. The King still lives, Baby! -Michael Crane"
Don't Mess With Texas Baby!
Horror-Web Jekyll | The Softer Side of Hell (NC) | 01/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Synopsis : Opening in a rest home in Texas, we come to learn the "true" story of what happened to Elvis Presley. During his stay he also meets up with John F. Kennedy and they join forces to battle an evil Egyptian Soul Sucker named Bubba Ho Tep who preys on the souls of the other residents of Mud Creek Rest Home. Plot : An absolutely hilarious and well thought out story. America's obsession on whether Elvis is dead, this movie should be shown everywhere!!! Great storytelling, well acted and just an overall good time with this movie! Cast/Characters : How can you go wrong with Bruce Campbell? You can't!!! He brings his style of humor to the screen once again and we get to see other familiar faces like Ozzie Davis and Reggie Banister. Campbell's presentation of Elvis was hilarious, this was definitely a role he was meant to play!F/X : Effects were mainly limited to just the presentation of "The Mummy" and it was a job well done. If this creature had appeared in a more haunting type horror movie it would definitely be spooky-goodness! F/X team did a wonderful job.Jekyll's Final Thoughts : Hail to the King baby! What a truly amazing and fun movie. Humor was top notch and Campbell was in the zone! This is a must see for any fan of his and just a good ole campy type horror movie. Run, don't walk...find this movie to watch! You won't regret it. 5 star rating!! www.horror-web.com"
Bittersweet rumination on life, aging, and death...
Matthew Perri | 02/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
""We couldn't tell them the truth. That Elvis and JFK were chasing an Egyptian mummy that was wearing cowboy duds.... We didn't want them to think we were crazy..." What can you say about a movie that has an aged, impotent Elvis in an east Texas rest home recuperating from a broken hip, a black man who could very well be JFK, and an ancient Egyptian mummy using the home as a feeding ground? How 'bout: It's one of the best movies of the year. With such outrageous elements, (it's based on a short story by Joe R. Lansdale), this could easily be a grade B forgettable flick. Instead, we have an entertaining, bittersweet meditation on life, on aging, and on death. Director Don Coscarelli, (of Phantasm fame), hits the right blend of horror, drama and comedy. The intentional comedic moments work beautifully; the audience laughs at all the right places. The 'make you jump' moments work without resorting to gore. It elicits sympathy and empathy for the characters, and manages to be thoroughly convincing. No easy feat given the subject matter - it simply *works*. Bruce Campbell, (of Evil Dead fame), shines as Elvis. It seems in the early `70s Elvis grew tired of the fame and fortune and swapped places with an impersonator - then made a modest living impersonating himself. Until he took a tumble from a stage, breaking his pelvis, ending up in the rest home. He's lost all proof of who he really is and most everyone thinks he is a little 'confused'. The only person who believes him is a black man, (Ossie Davis of The Stand), who claims to be JFK. ("They dyed me this color!") Through a believable plot device, a mummy shows up and starts sucking the 'small' souls of the rest home residents. Only the walker assisted Elvis and wheelchair riding JFK figure out what is happening. Their hunt for the mummy acts as the backdrop as we watch the aged Elvis start to live again. He now has a meaning in his life, a mission. A chance to redeem himself. To perhaps actually be the hero he played in all those B movies. To 'take care of business' one more time... Thank you... thank you very much..."
Odd, sweet , sour and wierdly moving
R. Adams | Lancaster, PA USA | 08/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read about Bubba Ho-Tep in a magazine review which, naturally, highlighted Bruce Campbell's spot-on Elvis. The review did not prepare me for the mix of emotions evoked by this odd and even sweet film. Imagine Elvis and JFK living in a tired old-folks home in West Texas. Now imagine a cowboy-booted mummy who's made the home his personal feeding ground. If you can do that, you've got the odd part down. The pathos that comes from setting, from the failing health of its heroes, not to mention the sense of loss so well portrayed by Campbell....lost relationships, lost chances, lost life....makes for some very sweet, but never maudlin, moments. Of course it wouldn't be a movie about old folks if there weren't a bit of crankiness. Again, Campbell comes through with some very funny takes on an old man's obsession with bodily functions. Finally the movie is surprisingly moving. The real enemy is death, and the only thing worse than death is a wasted life. Elvis is given one last chance to end well.
One could watch Bubba Ho-Tep and see only a self-conscious B grade horror flick. I suspect that approaching the film with such expectations could lead to disappointment. There are better made, more expensively produced such films to choose from.
But if one watches Bubba Ho-Tep with a bit more care, one may find instead an odd, sweet, sour and wierdly moving meditation on aging, death and (yes) the meaning of life."