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January 23rd, 2013 12:01 am AP KRYZA | Brew Views

Brew Views: Bubba Ho-Tep

Hail to the King, baby.

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It’d be weird enough if Don Coscarelli simply made a film about an elderly Elvis (Bruce Campbell) and JFK (Ossie Davis, who is decidedly black and not Irish) battling a resurrected Egyptian mummy from their nursing home. But the dude behind Phantasm and The Beastmaster ups the bizarro factor on 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep by turning the oddball story into a genuinely affecting meditation on aging. Campbell, embracing his destiny of playing the King, makes Elvis a fat, horny and devastated shell of a man who groans his way into action. It’s the saddest, most moving film about a geriatric rock star and president squaring off against the undead ever made.

  • Showing at: Hollywood.
  • Best paired with: Miller High Life.
  • Also showing: South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Laurelhurst).
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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