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Aro Recommended Bubba Ho-Tep

 

USA 2004, 92 minutes
Dir. Don Coscarelli
Rating: [M]
Genres: Comedy, Cult / Walking Dead, Black Comedy

Topics: Late-life.

 

Aroview: Strangely brilliant horror-satire with an outlandish plot where Elvis Presley (living but aging and impotent) fights the evil of a reincarnated Egyptian mummy.

In a Texas elderly rest-home it is discovered that the forces of the undead are using the residents as a convenient form of sustenance, and it is up to 'The King' (Campbell) and a black man who insists he is JFK (Davis) to put a stop to this gruesome harvest. And throughout, Presley and JFK argue their claim to being the famed ones with other residents, who think they are a few shades of senile (Campbell giving a particularly good impersonation).

Remarkably, amid the ensuing carnage and finely observed B-movie conventions, important themes about life, death and aging imaginatively explored. All up, an amazing one-off and destined for legendary status.

Adopt-a-Movie Kindly adopted by Cameron Fleming

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • deleted scenes
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • music clips
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
  • 2-disc set
 

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