Release Date: October 10th, 2003.
Written by: Joe R. Lansdale and Don Coscarelli.
Directed by: Don Coscarelli.
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, and Heidi Marnhout.
"I felt my pecker flutter once, like a pigeon havin' a heart attack."
From the moment that Bruce Campbell said those words, we knew that we were in for something special with Bubba Ho-Tep.
We originally went to see this movie when it was in theaters (yes, way back in 2003), because Bruce Campbell was in it, which was enough for us, but we weren't prepared for how good this movie was going to be. All these years later, it still ranks as one of our all-time faves.
If you've seen it, you know what we're talking about. If you haven't, then read on, and make a plan to rectify that woeful wrong asap.
*This review was originally posted in 2015, but we've brought it back to the top to coincide with the new Bubba Ho-Tep Blu-ray release, because it's a really special flick that deserves the love.
Bubba Ho-Tep is the story of an aging Elvis Presley who is spending his decrepit last days in the Shady Rest nursing home, with nothing but a pus-filled growth on his penis to his name. He has one friend named Jack, who it turns out is actually JFK; after his assassination attempt, Lyndon Johnson had him dyed black, had a bag of sand implanted in his head, and then dumped him off at the nursing home.
|JUST GO WITH IT.|
I know, that all sounds pretty insane. Because it is.
|BUT IT IS ALSO GLORIOUS.|
The way that Don Coscarelli (and Joe R. Lansdale, in his short story), addressed this issue amidst the movie's crazier elements, made it into one of the most different and compelling experiences that we've ever had in a theater. Two old men who are at the end of their lives, standing up and fighting a monster for the very souls of their friends was a beautiful thing to watch.
Bruce Campbell said it best when he called Bubba Ho-Tep a "Redemptive Elvis-Mummy Picture, in that order." Because that's exactly what it is.
|"THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH."|
Ossie Davis died in 2005, making Bubba-Ho-Tep one of the last things he ever starred in. It would be disingenuous of us to say that it was his best work, or his most poignant, but it was honest and heartfelt, much like he was throughout his life. He was a true classic if there ever was one.
|REST IN PEACE, GOOD SIR.|
|NO, IT MOST CERTAINLY IS NOT!|
Keep swimming in the shallow end, kids.
|THEY CAN SUCK THE DOG DICK OF ANUBIS!|
|THAT ASS DESERVED A SEQUEL OF ITS OWN.|
|HAIL TO THE KINGS, BABY.|
Yeah, Bubba Ho-Tep is an odd one for sure, but it's a fantastic one as well, and if you've never seen it, you really need to.
Bubba Ho-Tep is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Heidi Marnhout online, so this is all you get!