Let’s talk about celebrities. I have found it amazing that some people are able to stand in our culture several years after their death. Guys like Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson have continued to remain popular in the music scene and I’ll admit that I still like to pop on “Thriller” on my way in to work. Comedians like Andy Kaufman and Chris Farley still shown they have an audience to perform to after their many years of death. Show why is it that we like to build conspiracies around the idea that they faked their death and are possibly still around? I think it’s because we’ve created this idea that what they’ve created is so enjoyable, that we refuse to believe that they’ve died.
Elvis is one guy who is rumored to be floating around somewhere. I’ve never believed in that, but I think it would be interesting to see something like that in a fictional story. My wish was granted in this black comedy from the nineties, Bubba Ho-Tep. This is more then a story about a guy whose supposed to be dead, it’s about three of them. We have an older Elvis Presley, a possible John F. Kennedy, and an undead mummy. How could anyone not want to see this?
The story behind Elvis’ here is that sometime in the seventies he switched places with an impersonator and has been living a quiet life, making a living as his own impersonator. Unfortunately, according to the real Elvis, “He loved drugs more then I did and ended up killing himself”. Plus the only documents that proved who he was were destroyed in a propane explosion. If that wasn’t enough, his career is put to rest when a fall off the stage causes him a hip injury and slip into a coma. So what will Elvis do when he can’t perform.
Cut to many years later when an aged Elvis (played by Bruce Campbell) is now in a retirement home where he contemplates his loss of his life, youth, and impotence. He now goes by his real name, but the nurses think he has dementia. His only friend is a black man named Jack (played by the late Ossie Davis) who claims to be JFK and that he was dyed his color after his supposed assassination and put in the home by Lyndon Johnson. Whether or not he’s telling the truth is up to you, but I think it’s funnier when he’s crazy. They witness an undead mummy roaming through the halls of the home, taking the souls of the other residents. After they dub him “Bubba Ho-Tep” (because of his southern look) they take it to the backyard to kill this thing.
Bubba Ho-Tep is an amazing funny story of three undead things trying to kill each other. Bruce makes a pretty good Elvis who gets out several great lines of the downsides of getting old and letting his career go. The idea for this had to be the predecessor for this year’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
I’ll give this four and a half Elvis jumpsuits out of five. Unlike my previous reviews that had movies that scared you, this one should have you laughing.