Check out Best Scenes and the Best Quotes from the B horror comedy movie Bubba Ho-Tep, as done by The B Movie Cut Up.
Elvis Presley has been dead for a long time; or has he? Apparently he still lives — in a nursing home in Texas under the moniker of Sebastian Haff. He also has a list of regrets almost as big as his catalog of music.
He meets up with a black man who believes he is John F. Kennedy and they quickly become friends but their reminiscing about the old times is interrupted when they find out that some kind of ancient, evil mummy is attacking people in their nursing home.
They realize that they need to do something about the crazy mummy that is sucking souls through all of the old folks assholes or else they too may have their right of passage to heaven sucked from their sphincter.
The creator of the Phantasm series, Don Coscarelli (Not to mention, Bruce Campbell) is back! This time he has done something different though. This is not so much a dream world as it is the real world, with real people who have real problems…like dealing with a real mummy.
That’s the best part of Bubba Ho-Tep, the concept. The idea that two old people, but not just old people, two icons, one from american history and one the king of rock’n roll, are together in battling a mummy from ancient Egypt. Absolute genius!
I also don’t think that they could’ve gotten better actors for the roles. Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis add so much character to thier…welll…characters that you fall in love with their relationship immediately.
Bubba Ho-Tep is one of the best examples of a horror, comedy that I’ve ever seen, next to Shaun of the Dead. Bubba Ho-Tep is more dialogue or conversation funny than it is situational funny. Most of the best parts of the film are actually just Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis bantering with each other and with those that inhabit the nursing home. This, of course, roots from the fact that the movie stems from a short story.
Even though it was once a short story, the movie is perfectly paced. On the short amount of time that Elvis introduces us to his life-long problems, meeting and greeting JFK and still fighting off a mummy; you feel like you’ve learned enough about the characters and their current mind-states to satisfy your thirst for souls.
If you are a Bruce Campbell fan, a Mummy fan, old people fan, JFK supporter, fan of conversational and dry humor then Bubba Ho-Tep is for you. If you like a lot of action or situational humor then this movie probably isn’t going to fit your fancy. I would say, however that since It’s received a choice cut award that it is worth checking out, regardless of your preference.
Hail to the King Baby!