Sunday, June 6, 2010

Elvis vs a soul-sucking mummy!

Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)
Starring: Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis
Director: Don Coscarelli
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Someone, or some thing is creeping through the halls of Shady Rest Retirement Home and stealing the last bit of life from its defenseless residents. In the face of an uncaring staff and world, its up to nursing-home residents Elvis (Campbell) and JFK (Davis) to put an end to the evil before it condemns the souls of every oldster in Shady Rest to eternal torture and damnation.

"Bubba Ho-Tep" is a horror movie that balances goofiness (it really IS an aged Elvis who is battling an undead evil in a retirement home, although JFK is obviously just a poor man suffering from senile dementia) with social commentary about how our culture discards and mistreats our senior citizens.

Although a bit slow moving at times, "Bubba Ho-Tep" has enough of humor, horror, and touching moments to keep the audience watching. Davis and Campbell both give excellent performances, and the dreary look of Shady Rest is the perfect setting for the story.

By the way, you need to watch the film at least twice. When you watch it the second time, make sure you do so with the DVD audio commentary by The King himself. :)

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