Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) Why is Elvis Presley living in a convalescent home in East Texas? Because 30 years ago, he escaped the fortress of his fame by trading… 2003-09-26 R PT92M Comedy Horror Bruce Campbell Ossie Davis Vitagraph Films
Movie Review

Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
Bruce Campbell, Bubba Ho-Tep | CALL A CAIRO-PRACTOR A creaky Elvis (Campbell) lives at a rest home plagued by an Egyptian mummy in ''Bubba Ho-Tep''
CALL A CAIRO-PRACTOR A creaky Elvis (Campbell) lives at a rest home plagued by an Egyptian mummy in ''Bubba Ho-Tep''
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Sep 26, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 92 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Horror; With: Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis; Distributor: Vitagraph Films

Why is Elvis Presley living in a convalescent home in East Texas? Because 30 years ago, he escaped the fortress of his fame by trading places with an Elvis impersonator. Why is Elvis doing battle with a mummy who haunts the rest home so that he can suck out the souls of the dying? Because Don Coscarelli, writer-director of the logy, fatuous Bubba Ho-Tep, is trying to will a cult movie into existence -- which, of course, never works. It's a small plus that Bruce Campbell, from the ''Evil Dead'' films, refuses to play Elvis as a joke, but he's stuck chewing over a litany of old-hat regret (he should have dumped Colonel Parker, etc.). Besides, how much fascination can the King hold when he's attempting to smash a giant scarab with a bedpan?

Originally posted Sep 12, 2003 Published in issue #733 Oct 17, 2003 Order article reprints