Yesterday, I saw a movie called Bubba Ho-tep (2002), directed by Don Coscarelli, on Starz (I was at a friend’s house, I don’t have money for Starz). It was one intriguing and hilarious thriller/action/comedy. It stars Bruce Campbell, of Evil Dead fame, playing and aged Elvis Presley and Ossie Davis playing a dyed-black aged John F. Kennedy. You can’t tell the whole time if the things in the movie are actually happening or if they’re just crazy.
The setting is the present (2002) in a West Texas retirement home. Elvis has recently woken from a serious coma to people who don’t believe he’s the real Elvis Presley, why would they?
He claims that he switched places with an Elvis impersonator named Sebastian Haff, who died seven years later. Though he enjoyed his anonymity during that time, when Haff died he was unable to go back to the life he had before. A few years later, impersonating himself on stage, he dislocates his hip and falls off stage, hence the coma and “incarceration” in the retirement home.
Now, for plot. Through Elvis’ narration the audience finds out about his life and present condition. He is lonely at the home, with nothing to look forward to. This, until he meets JFK and experiences the strange goings-on that have taken over their home.
A “soul-sucker” has appeared, and it is stealing the souls of the inhabitants of the home at night. Elvis and JFK decide to stop it, ending in an ultimate show down of geriatric proportions. JFK is on, pretty much a hoveround and Elvis is bound by a walker. Armed with a gas canister and a zippo they take that thing down. I tried not to give away all the good stuff, you should really just see it.Have you seen Bubba Ho-Tep?