Bubba Ho-Tep
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An ancient evil finds resistance in the most unlikely of places in this oddball comedy horror effort from Phantasm director Don Coscarelli. Resting in the confines of a Mud Creek, TX, nursing home after fading into obscurity following his departure from the limelight, an aging and embittered Elvis (Bruce Campbell) befriends a delusional patient named Jack (Ossie Davis) who claims to be John F. Kennedy. It seems that at the height of his popularity Elvis had switched identities with a convincing double, and, upon the death of the substitute, missed his chance to reclaim his former fame. Despite… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A mismatched marriage of offbeat character study and unimaginative horror riffs."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"There's plenty of scatological humour and knockabout fun to get one through the slower passages."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"A lot less a horror film, and much more of a film about the horrors of getting old."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but there's enough here to entertain even those for whom 'cult' is a four-letter word."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"the true horror here, far from being some middle-eastern revenant in a cowboy hat, is the indignity of disease, the anonymity of old age, and the inevitability of death"
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"Writer-director Don Coscarelli piles on unpleasant details and cynical asides as if they were the stuff of wisdom, though they seem intended to produce guffaws rather than thoughts"
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Fry up a peanut butter and 'nana sandwich, hop in your Cadillac and take one last ride with the King."
‑ Michael Senft, Arizona Republic
"Don Coscarelli still doesn't know how to make cookie-cutter genre films. Let's hope he never learns how."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's outrageous and full of novel ideas that will tickle the fancy of anyone who is stimulated by the absurd."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A sharply written, surprisingly moving little film with a terrific performance by Bruce Campbell."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"This absurdly clever caper is elevated by Bruce Campbell's pensive Elvis into a moving meditation on the diminutions of age and the vagaries of fame."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Neither particularly funny nor scary, but tiresome."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Elvis is in a geriatric care centre with JFK (who's black) and he's got to kick some ancient Mummy ass. What else is there to say?"
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"There may be some deeper meaning to all this madness about living beyond your prime and regret, but it just barely escapes me how it all fits in"
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"A fiendishly funny comedy horror."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
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