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Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death", then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds.
The King vs. The King of the Dead
Also Known As:
Title: Bubba Ho-Tep
Release Date: June 09, 2002
Runtime: 92 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Languages: English, German
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violent images.
Bruce Campbell ...Elvis Presley / Sebastian Haff
Ossie Davis ...Jack
Ella Joyce ...The Nurse
Heidi Marnhout ...Callie
Bob Ivy ...Bubba Ho-tep
Edith Jefferson ...Elderly Woman
Larry Pennell ...Kemosabe
Reggie Bannister ...Rest Home Administrator
Daniel Roebuck ...Hearse Driver
Daniel Schweiger ...Hearse Driver
Harrison young ...Elvis' Roommate
Linda Flammer ...Room Nurse
Cean Okada ...Attending Nurse
Solange Morand ...Iron Lung Lady
Karen Placencia ...Baby
Bruce Rawitz ...TV Announcer
Joseph Primero ...Janitor
Chuck Williams ...Elvis' Boy
Timothy E. Goodwin ...Elvis' Boy (as Tim Goodwin)
James Maley ...Elvis' Boy
'Two Gun' Tyler ...Elvis' Boy
Steve Kassel ...Sebastian's Band, Drums
Damon Carruesco ...Sebastian's Band, Guitar
Lief Frederick ...Sebastian's Band, Bass
Danny Crossen ...Sebastian's Band, Keyboards
Gigi Fast Elk Porter ...Trailer Park Gal (as Gigi Fast Elk)
Emily Wengel ...Trailer Park Gal
Naveed Mahboobian ...Egyptian Guard
Omid Naimi ...Egyptian Guard
Joseph C. Boulder ...Lunch Room Folks
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Jason R. Savage
Joe R. Lansdale
More Movie Taglines:
- The King vs. The King of the Dead
- You don't fuck with the king.
- You know the legends... Now learn the truth.
- Elvis: Ask not what your rest home can do for you. Ask what you can do for your rest home. JFK: Hey, you're copying my best lines! Elvis: Then let me paraphrase one of my own. Let's take care of business. JFK: Just what are you getting at, Elvis? Elvis: I think you know what I'm gettin' at Mr. President. We're gonna kill us a mummy.
Elvis: Don't make me use my stuff on ya, baby!
Elvis: It'd been two presidential elections since I'd had a boner like that.
Elvis: You fuck off ya patronizin bitch! I'm sick'a yer shit! I'll lube my own crankshaft from now on. You treat me like a baby again I'll wrap this goddamn walker right around yer head!
[last lines] Elvis: Thank you. Thank you very much.
- Only 32 prints of the film were originally made as part of a limited platform release. The Soul of Southern Film Festival, in Memphis, Tennessee, paid for a thirty-third print, so that they wouldn't have to wait any longer to show the film. Several other festivals and theaters paid advances in order to secure prints.
Despite the fact that Elvis Presley is the main character, not one piece of Elvis's music is heard. Coscarelli explained that it would have cost about half the budget to license one of Elvis's songs for the movie.
Most of the movie was shot at an abandoned veterans' hospital outside of Los Angeles. Even the trailer park explosion was done there. They used three hallways of one of the buildings for the interior of the rest home.
The trailer park explosion was filmed in one take.
Due to all the cameras, lights, and equipment virtually trapping him in his bed, at one point Bruce Campbell was forced to actually answer nature's call by using the same bedpan his character used to capture the giant scarab beetle.
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