Posted by Danny at 11:15 PMLabels: Look What Danny Watched, Project Horror
BubbaHo-Tep is a movie that the more I tell you about, the sillier it's going to sound, but you just have to take my word for it. This movie is a blast. An elderly Elvis lives in a rundown nursing home in east Texas. He switched places with an impersonator years before to get a taste of freedom, and missed his chance to switch back, and now he spends his days mostly in bed, reflecting on his past glories. When the residents of the home begin dying, nobody thinks twice about it. After all, they're old and infirm. It's for this exact reason that an undead Egyptian mummy is picking them off one by one, subsisting on their souls. Well, you know that The King isn't going to take that lying down, and he goes into action with the help of another famous resident of the nursing home, JFK. Oh, you thought he was dead? That's what they want you to think. The CIA replaced part of his brain with a sandbag and dyed him black.
I know I already gave you a must-watch recommendation for Let Me In/Let the Right One In, but I'm going to have to give one for BubbaHo-Tep, too. Guys, Bruce Campbell is seriously one of cinemas most underrated treasures, and I say that without a single trace of irony or sarcasm. If you cut him, he would bleed pure liquid charisma on you. His in-character meditations on life took this movie from something merely fun and raised it to a really thoughtful piece of work. Bonus info about Bruce Campbell - I have always believed that my friend Will looks like him. Judge for yourself:
On top of Campbell's performance, the score of this movie is fantastic, with lots of slow, twangy guitar, kind of like the music that they played a lot in early episodes of King of the Hill. One other thing: it's a silly detail, but I absolutely loved that when the mummy speaks, it subtitles him in hieroglyphics that dissolve into English.
You won't regret taking a chance on this movie. I give it five scarab beetles out of five.