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Movie #9: Bubba Ho-Tep

Bubba Ho-Tep


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Don't bother seeing this. It's about 90 minutes long and doesn't get even remotely interesting until about 70 minutes in. When you hear "geriatric Elvis and a black guy who thinks he's JFK fight a soul-sucking mummy," you think, "How could this not be 100% awesome?" Well, somehow, it managed to be entirely boring.

It has your standard B-movie cheesy special effects, and Bruce Campbell really does a good Elvis, but this is really not worth watching. I wish I could say otherwise. I just kept waiting for it to get started, and by the time it did, I really didn't care.

If I hadn't been semi-surfing while watching it, I probably would have just given up about half-way through.

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joshwasta
Jan. 24th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Agreed.

I tried to like it - I did. And I have friends whose defense is "but it has Bruce!" and that's why I tried. But this movie showed me that even Bruce can't save some movies.

-Wasta
mandydax
Jan. 24th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Exactly.
smallerdemon
Jan. 26th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I am a defender, primarily via the stand that it is what it is, nothing more, nothing less. It's a small movie and at it's heart is is a low budget buddy flick about Elvis and JFK. Trying to get anything more out of it will, indeed, leave you wondering "What happened to this movie?" I also quite enjoy it as an atmospheric piece. Coscarelli and cinematographer Adam Janeiro do an awesome job with making the nursing home a fantastically creepy place (that might be something better experienced in the theater than on the small screen, too, which is often the case for a lot of low budget flicks that rely more on atmosphere and dialogue). But hey, I am a DEATH PROOF defender too.
mandydax
Jan. 27th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, but the thing is, it was sold to me as a movie about fighting a mummy. I did like the characters, but kept waiting for the action to start, so that led to disappointment. Truly, if I'd gone into it without expectations, I'd probably have given it 3 stars.
smallerdemon
Jan. 27th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
Fair enough. Perhaps it might warrant a re-watch with a set of different expectations. I can certainly see how if you think you're going to get two guys fighting a mummy that you would find the movie puzzlingly free of that.

Some movies, like Bubba Ho-Tep, though, are just tough movies to market. Can you imagine that you're the marketing person that has the movie tossed into your lap at the distribution company and someone says "Look, sale this."

Did someone you know try to convince you that it WAS a movie about Elvis and JFK fighting mummies?

I mean, this will sound odd, but if someone were to ask me what it's about I would probably start with "Well, it's a buddy movie about two old men who think there might be a mummy in their nursing home sucking out people's souls. Mostly it's kind of a touching movie about old men with only each other as friends fighting against something terrible... and there's a mummy too."
mandydax
Jan. 27th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Well, what I remember of the previews is Elvis preparing to go after a mummy. I don't remember Jack being in them at all. I seem to have gotten the impression that the mummy was a major character (I mean, it is the title character) and I didn't realize until far into the movie that Jack was a major character. Yes, I think the marketing gave me the wrong expectations.
teppic3
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Wow. One we disagree on. I own this. :-)
mandydax
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, see my discussion with smallerdemon above. It's good to have differing opinions, though; isn't it refreshing to be wrong about this? ;D
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