Bubba Ho-Tep (Don Coscarelli, 2002)

What's it about? Elvis (Bruce Campbell) ain't dead, he's just stuck in an old people's home, where his best friend is a black man who claims to be JFK (Ossie Davis). When a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy starts preying on vulnerable residents in the home, they decide to face up to an enemy as slow-moving and decrepit as themselves.
"I'm not dead, baby. I'm just taking a break"
Is it any good? As oddball a concept as you'll get, but it gets great mileage out of it. Campbell and Davis are a delight in the leads, with Campbell's Elvis a simply brilliant mixture of parody and impersonation, even breathing new life into the tired old 'thank you very much' line. Plus, rather surprisingly for a film with such a broad comedy set-up, it also manages to develop into a rather touching meditation on growing old and the indignities of ageing. If you're looking for something a bit different, give it a go.

I don't trust you. What do others think? Generally well-received, although a bit too wacky for some. Much love for Campbell's performance though.

Anything else I should know? A prequel, Bubba Nosferatu, has been mired in development hell for years. If you can't sleep for wondering when it'll be made, keep up to date with what's happening at this devoted website, which is slightly worrying in it's love for the Bubba films.

What does the Fonz think? Can't help falling in love with it.

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