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Bubba Ho-Tep back to product details

All Hail The King Baby T.C.B.
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written by markh September 13, 2004 - 11:12 AM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I'll keep this short, its not Evil Dead and it's definatly not Driving Miss Daisy! It is about old farts, not a popular subject in this country I know, it is funny and disturbing. Some dodgy special effects, excellent camera work, solid direction, great acting and a dream of a script. Rent it but kiddies don't expect a fangoria blood fest, its a grown-ups movie.

gentle commentary on aging
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written by JBellows August 20, 2004 - 10:42 PM PDT
3 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Okay, so I killed it with a two star review. The director is a has-been, sorry to say. If ever there was an example of a director who needed to stop, this is it. However, at the same time, this is a fitting end film.And the actors give the story credit. Its all about aging, getting old, not up to pluck or living up the legend you have built for yourself. In short, an essay on being old. And it did it well enough for the genre the director is comfortable with. It was also funny when it needed to be. It was never scary (hopefully, it wasn't supposed to be scary...) but just popcorn munching fun. And Campbell and Oz, geez, they stole the whole show!

brilliant pop culture weirdness
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written by AWalter August 16, 2004 - 12:59 PM PDT
11 out of 11 members found this review helpful
"Bubba Ho-tep" is a low budget movie that went for the B-movie feel on purpose, accomplishing its goal of being a "fine" piece of pop culture weirdness. The story is set in a current-day East Texas rest home and focuses on two residents who believe they are Elvis and JFK--the JFK character just happens to be black, and the rest home also houses a few other crazies, including the Lone Ranger. Elvis and JFK soon learn that an Egyptian mummy--who was stolen from his traveling museum exhibition--has come to life in their neighborhood and is killing the rest home residents by sucking their life force out their backsides (you can harvest a soul through "any major orifice," of course). Eventually, our decrepit heroes realize that only they can meet the mummy in a showdown.

The film is really a clever piece of pop culture mythology, working up hilarious back stories for JFK (Ossie Davis who is recognizable from, at the very least, several Spike Lee films) and Elvis (Bruce Campbell of the "Evil Dead" movies). Campbells performance is particularly excellent, Don Coscarellis as director did a perfect job finding the right mood and balance of humor for the film, and the leisurely plot--from Joe Lansdales original novella--is totally engaging and a cinephiles dream.

The one perfect complement to the film is the DVDs commentary track. Well, actually, there are two excellent tracks, but the second one is hysterical, with Bruce Campbell doing Elvis--the real Elvis this time though, who is also still alive and agreed to see this movie and talk about it. He rips on the movie from start to finish, commenting on the performances and the budget, expressing outrage at the films portrayal of him, offering his insights as a film veteran ("I made 33 films, you know"), getting angry at the films ending, playing a few bits from songs hes working on, voicing his disappointment at the swearing and violence and at women being treated as objects on-screen, munching on pop corn and taking cell phone calls during the movie. . . I laughed at this almost as much as I did at the movie!

Disappointing, but not terrible
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written by mason July 7, 2004 - 9:45 AM PDT
3 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I didn't find this movie to be as bad as the fellow above, but I was nonetheless disappointed. The film had gotten pretty good advance word, in that cult-film sort of way, and the premise sounded like it had a lot of promise. The odd thing was that I think there's a good movie inside trying to get out. Bruce Campbell is actually fantastic, but the editing is lackluster, the pacing is poor, the script dwells on Elvis' penis far too much (which tells you something about the director), and it all takes too long to get going. With this premise and these performances, it could have been a true cult classic, but the opportunity was unfortunately squandered.

Senility Comes to the Horror Genre
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written by talltale May 26, 2004 - 7:06 AM PDT
6 out of 19 members found this review helpful
BUBBA HO-TEP is perhaps the slowest 90 minutes I have ever experienced. (And yes, I once sat through a Jean-Marie Straub film.) Just because it takes places in and around a rest home for seniors is no reason to have this movie move at the pace of molasses in the Arctic. As one of those fans who thought Don Coscarelli's "Beastmaster" was a classic of sorts and who enjoyed the original "Phantasm," it pains me to report that the latest from this writer/director (himself probably a senior citizen by now) is a major dud. It's difficult to believe most moviegoers could find much pleasure here. Outside of a clever title, an occasional smart touch (like the red phone) and a game performance from Ossie Davis, there is little else to recommend. (Bruce Campbell appears to be spending most of his screen time proving that he can act "old"--which looks just like one of those "age" exercises we kids used to do in drama school). The idea that seniors are still people with needs and feelings has been done to death--and done a lot better than here, where the pacing is so slow and obvious that you will soon be writing the dialog yourself in hopes of speeding things up. When this does not help, just sit quietly and tap your fingers until the woefully silly ending appears. SPOILER AHEAD (if anyone cares by the time the movie has reached this point): Was it really necessary to burn the mummy TWICE?!

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