So I kicked off my All Media Weekend by going to see Bubba Ho-Tep last night.
It was fucking brilliant.
From the LA Weekly: When Willa Cather said 'There are only two or three human stories,' she likely hadn't heard the one about Elvis and JFK warding off the soul-sucking Egyptian mummy whose appearance shakes them from their retirement in a Texas rest home.
Bruce Campbell is amazing as Elvis, giving a nuanced and understated performance, rather than going over the top. Ossie Davis is very charming as JFK. The dialogue is wickedly funny.
The film is in limited release and only just made it here now. But there will be a DVD out in May, so you may get a chance to see it then.
I was impressed at how straight Coscarelli chose to play this. It's a wiggy premise treated seriously and it really works. The scuttling scarab beetle was goddamn scary! And the mummy was pretty freaky too. The Boy figured that the cowboy hat and books were because the mummy had been feeding on the souls of Texans. Which made sense to me.
I laughed a lot, but it was comfortable laughter. And while I didn't quite tear up, I came close. I'd love to have a screen cap of Elvis and JFK doing their costumed power-walk down the resthome hall, Elvis in the white jumpsuit, pushing his walker, JFK in his dark suit and wheelchair. They were heroes.
All in all, it was a triumph of the human spirit.