Release Date: 2002
Director: Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli, Joe R. Lansdale
- Ellis= 4 / 10;
- Rayn= 6 / 10;
Bubba-Ho-Tep (2002) Synopsis:
Two elderly, one Elvis Presley and one black President Kennedy, will team to defeat an ancient mummy that goes around killing the retirement home resident.
Bubba-Ho-Tep (2002) Review:
Even though it was made by Don Coscarelli, Bubba Ho-Tep is not so much a horror film, but a comedy instead. I guess the only horror elements is the villain, who is a mummy.
The concept of running the movie in an retirement hospice is pretty cool, and having two crazy elderlies as the heros is really interesting. A great duo of great antihero! A great work was done on the secondary characters too, all of them being really funny too.
The film follows the main character, elderly Elvis, step by step. You get to see him absolutely all the time, hear his reflection, etc. This could have been annoying but luckily for us horror fan, they choose the perfect actor: Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead series). Saying that he is really good would be weak; he is actually the highlight of the film.
This said, I personally didn’t like the movie. First it is too much of a comedy for me. Second, it is really slow paced, with long scenes of internal thinking and lengthy discussion. This pace works out quite well with the theme of the movie (elderly anti-hero), but kind of got on my nerve after an hour of it. Some scenes are really funny and the atmosphere interesting, the music is cool too, but I was expecting much more from Don Coscarelli, and from a film that has got great critics everywhere.