Director – Don Coscarelli
Writers – Don Coscarelli (screenplay) and Joe R. Lansdale (original short story)
A film that features an elderly Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) and a black guy named Jack (Ossie Davis) who thinks he’s J.F.K. who are stuck in a care home pitting themselves, zimmerframes and all, against a resurrected Egyptian mummy, the eponymous Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy), this feature film screams ‘CULT MOVIE’ almost to the point of being too much and over-saturating the irony. Yet, with deft dialogue, inspired performances and skilful direction, it all works out a treat, and turns out to be a highly enjoyable, very silly romp, with some outrageously triumphant moments.
It doesn’t try to be more than what it is, or ladle it on thickly, it is actually very well balanced and there are many moments of sheer poignancy, humour and terror that it delivers a satisfying, roaringly funny escapade. Thankyouverymuch.