Dir. Don Coscarelli | USA | 2002 | 95 mins | 20th Anniversary screening
Forget everything you thought you knew about the story of Elvis Presley… In one of his greatest on-screen roles, Bruce Campbell takes care of business as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, living out his twilight years in Shady Rest Retirement Home in East Texas after swapping places with an impersonator when he grew tired of fame back in the 70s, but missed his chance to switch back. Faced with the fact that nobody is prepared to believe that he is who he says he is, Elvis strikes up a friendship with a fellow resident who claims to be former US president John F. Kennedy (played with incredible pathos and wit by Ossie Davis) and the duo discover the disturbing truth behind a series of bizarre deaths at Shady Rest: an Egyptian mummy is stalking the halls in the dead of night intent on feasting on the souls of the elderly residents and only Elvis and JFK can stop it.
Even the conspiracy theorists who continue to believe that Elvis didn’t die in 1977 couldn’t have fathomed a tall tale as towering as this one! Adapted from Joe R. Lansdale’s novella and directed by Don Coscarelli, Bubba Ho-Tep is that rare gem of a cult film that not only fully delivers on its bonkers premise, but it does so in a way that offers moments of genuine heart and emotional resonance that run deep within its cinematic DNA. We couldn’t let the 20th Anniversary of this amazing film pass us by, so whether it’s your first viewing or a timely rewatch, it’s time for A-C-T-I-O-N!
Screening with SHUT