Monday, June 8, 2009

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

There are three syllables that are right with this movie: e-very-thing. I absolutely love Bubba Ho-tep, and it stands as one of the most original and inventive Indie horror films to come out in a long time. Bruce Campbell is so convincing as Elvis that I find myself forgetting its a character throughout the entire film and buying into the fact that it is truly Elvis. The supporting cast including Ossie Davis is unmatched, playing into the sullen and depressing convalescent home setting perfectly. There is plenty of humor to be found in the clever dialogue and unique characters, but despite much of the absurdity, the actors each play the film entirely straight which makes it even funnier. I consider this to be Coscarelli's most technically proficient film, with a beautiful earth-toned color palette, stylish cinematography, and an epic score with a deep Bluegrass influence. Some may find the pacing a bit of a struggle, but I feel it contributes to the theme of the slow movement geriatrics falling prey to a mummy feeding on the weak and disabled. There is little not to like in this film, and highly recommend it to any genre fan! An invalid Elvis must enlist the help of his elderly friend JFK to help him defeat a soul-sucking mummy in a run down convalescent home.

Rating: 9/10.



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4 comments:

  1. This is a great movie. We always hear about a lack of creativity in Hollywood. To the nay-sayers, I simply point to films like this.

    Make the sequel already, Don!

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  2. THIS IS A PRICELESS UNDERRATED FLICK, IT'S PURE AMAZING IN MY BOOK. GREAT WRITE UP.

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  3. Really good Bruce Campbell movie. Wasn't expecting much from the premise, but in the end I really ended up liking it.

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  4. One of my favorite Bruce Campbell films. I proudly own the Collector's Edition DVD of this. I think this is an extremely underrated flick that every horror fan should see.

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