Gruesome Twosome Day 22: Bubba Ho-TepFriday, October 22nd, 2010
You know, when I think of Elvis, I have to say that prior to seeing this film, Bruce Campbell was probably the last person I would have thought of having play him. Bubba Ho-Tep has shown me the error of my ways.Let’s get the bad out of the way first, shall we? There’s some editing problems that I’m not certain are entirely mistakes. Also, loud sound effects and odd twitchy jump cuts will not turn a comedy into a horror film no matter how hard you try. It’s a little too 90s music video for me. I would have liked some better music as well. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the theme to Bubba Ho-Tep, but that’s all there is. It’s played a number of ways, but it gets boring fast. That being said, those miniscule problems cannot cover the brilliance of the performances of our two stars, Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley and Ossie Davis as John F. Kennedy. You heard me. Wonderful actor though he is, you certainly don’t think of Ossie as JFK. But, this movie makes it work. Doubly so with Campbell as Elvis. I don’t know how he did it, but I forget that I’m watching Bruce half the time. For me, he simply becomes Elvis for an hour and a half. This movie is glowingly funny, and oddly touching, as you see the camraderie of these two elderly men take hold (Okay, Bruce is made up to look old, and pretty well, too). Can they defeat the redneck mummy that has held their nursing home in fear’s icy grip? Can an elderly black actor convince you that he’s actually President John F. Kennedy? Will we ever get to see the proposed sequel to this film, Bubba Nosferatu? Who knows? You’ll just have to watch to find out. And, you should, because this movie, while made on the cheap, is a ton of fun to watch.
See ThatWeirdGirl’s review here.