Bubba Ho-tep

Bubba Ho-tep (2002)

” Everything you do is either worthless or sadly amusing.”

What do you get when you take one part monster movie, one part comedy, one part American myth, one part low-budget camp, one part meditation on aging, and put it all together in one movie that moves at a glacial pace? You get a total mess of a movie called Bubba Ho-tep.  Despite the somewhat clever premise of Elvis Presley living in semi-anonymously in a retirement home in rural East Texas, having swapped identities with an Elvis impersonator who then died in 1977, and Bruce Campbell turning in a solid performance as the aging King, this movie is just a mess. It tries to be so many things that it winds up doing none of them well. This might be forgivable if the movie moved along quickly enough, but it doesn’t… at all. In fact,  I’d call the pace glacial. It’s not that the movie is necessarily bad, it’s just that there’s too little that’s good, and the pace renders the whole venture very, very, boring. Do yourself a favor, avoid seeing this mistake of a movie.

[Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) – Directed by Don Coscarelli – Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violent images.]

OM|ED Rating: Avoid Seeing