Elvis Presley and JFK are alive and living in an old people’s nursing home. Slowly decaying with age and boredom, they get a new lease on life when an ancient Egyptian Mummy wearing cowboy clothes turns up feasting on the elderly residents souls.
Elvis, or Sebastian Haff as he is going by now, is more concerned about a growth on the end of his pecker and JFK, aka Jack, is worried Lyndon B Johnson is back trying to hunt him down.
Tagline – The King vs. The King of the Dead
This is a barmy surreal horror comedy and a delightful buddy movie with the Elvis conspiracy story thrown in. As cult movies go, this is freaking insane and quite honestly one of my all time favourites.
The magnificent Bruce Campbell pulls off a real life Elvis with ease. No stranger to the world of horror and comedy, Bruce Campbell is a mega star. Famous for playing Ash in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 1 & 2 and Army Of Darkness plus the hilarious Ash vs Evil Dead TV show. He is a walking talking cult hero, a bonafide god amongst men.
JFK is an old black dude played by Ossie Davis. A veteran of cinema throughout many decades and has played many diverse parts from the likes of Sidney Lumet’s The Hill, appearing in Spike Lee’s films to even being Grandpa Archer Dolittle alongside Eddie Murphy!
Ella Joyce plays the Nurse who fires off stern disapproved looks at our Elvis and rightly so, the poor lass is on lotion duties for his aligning member. Plus he doesn’t say too much but I love the gun totin Lone Ranger called Kemosabe who is pretty much off his rocker, played by Larry Pennell.
Directed by Don Coscarelli who is famous for his fantasy horror films like The Beastmaster (1982) and Phantasm (1979) which he has turned into a series. Bubba Ho-Tep is based on a short story written by Joe R Lansdale in 1994 which was part of an series of tribute stories for a book called The King Is Dead (Tales Of Elvis Postmortem). Don Coscarelli has a sequel in the works with the fantastic title Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires.
Fun Fact – Ossie Davis was one cool dude. An activist during the Civil Rights Movement he was friends with and was a featured speaker at the funeral of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
Fun Fact 2 – Bruce Campbell has a book out with the brilliant title of “If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor.”
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