Be warned there are spoilers in this review!
Elvis didn’t die on a toilet and JFK wasn’t assassinated. They are actually living in a Texas nursing home where the residents are being killed by a soul sucking mummy. Yes, you read that right.
The story plays out as this: Elvis (Bruce Campbell) being tired of his life as an international superstar, decides to trade places with an impersonator by the name of Sebastian Haff. They sign a contract which states that at anytime Elvis can switch back, however the contract is lost in a barbecue accident. This doesn’t seem to phase him as he has grown accustomed to his lifestyle as a normal guy who performs for the sheer joy of the crowd. He eventually breaks his hip and is placed in a nursing home. We, the viewers, are told this through a very well told narration by Elvis/Sabastian himself so it is never really certain if it is just a rambling old man or fact.
Hail to the king baby!
We are introduced to his roommate down the hall former President of the United States John F. Kennedy (Ossie Davis). Apparently Kennedy’s assassination was faked by Johnson and he was dyed to be a black man. “No offense, Jack, but President Kennedy was a white man.” states Elvis. “They dyed me this color! That’s how clever they are!” responds Jack.
They dyed me this color!
As the movie progresses we are shown that people in this nursing home are dying and not just from old age. Their souls are being sucked out by a mummy who Elvis/Sebastian names Bubba Ho-Tep. It is shown that the mummy was stolen during a U.S. museum tour, and then lost during a severe storm in East Texas when the thieves’ bus veered into a river near the nursing home. It became reanimated and has been sucking the souls out of the elderly to sustain itself ever since.
Elvis and Jack then create an elaborate plan to destroy Bubba Ho-Tep after coming to the conclusion that destroying the mummy would release the souls of the people he had taken. Elvis and Jack battle the mummy in the middle of the night, with Jack in an electric wheelchair and Elvis wielding a makeshift flamethrower. Jack is knocked out of his wheelchair by the mummy and is about to have his soul sucked. Elvis hops in the wheelchair, zooms into the mummy to save Jack, and damages the flamethrower, getting a large gash in his abdomen in the process. Jack dies from a heart attack. Elvis becomes committed to getting rid of the mummy, and he throws the gasoline on him and then throws matches at him, killing the mummy.
The closing scene has Elvis lying by a river bank dying from blood loss staring at the stars. He then sees a message that says ‘all is well’ and with a dying “Thank you, thank you very much,” Elvis finally passes away.
What I could say about this movie is that it is just AWESOME. Easily one of my favorite movies I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Bruce Campbell is the ultimate Elvis and Ossie Davis plays a very convincing black JFK. The story is spot on and hilarious at times. Take for example the Elvis vs scarab scene. I was in complete tears watching this.
The soundtrack is awesome very well done. It is very subtle and sets the tone of whatever scene it is playing in at the time. One song in particular is a favorite cruising song of my brother and I.
If you are looking for a fun movie to watch that has an absurd plot line that somehow makes sense, then by all means please watch Bubba Ho-Tep. I can’t recommend this movie to people enough. It is absolutely fantastic.
A fantastic story.
A great soundtrack.
I love this movie. Call it bias but I can't find anything wrong with it.
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