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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern cult classic!, 16 Sept. 2004
This review is from: Bubba Ho-Tep [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The thing that's great about this movie is that it's subtle, it's not got the initial punch of a stunt filled opening scene like a James Bond flick, nor has it got the out and out gore of an Evil Dead movie, if you're expecting either then clear your mind before sitting down to watch!
What you have here is an engrossing and serious (yes, serious!) movie about what could have happened to Elvis if he'd lived (and switched lives with an Elvis impersonator and wound up in an old folks home with a dodgy hip and a cancer in one of the last places you'd want it!) The film cleverly pulls you in, slow, but sure, to the plight of the aged rocker forgotten by friends, family and time.
Director Don Coscarelli has delivered a movie that's multi-layered; poignant and respectful, reflective and humorous, sublime and ridiculous, this film should rightfully wind up as a cult classic. As a brit I spotted this movie on some of the movie news sites and as soon as it was available got a copy sent over, I was not disappointed - the film looks and sounds good, ok some of the effects do occasionally look cheap but that's in comparison of big studios and their big budgets, but on the whole the effects work well, we need more indy films like this in my opinion.
As far as the acting goes the leads (Ossie and Bruce) give the characters depth and soul whilst the supporting cast just add to the feel, I particularly liked the (literally) scene stealing Grandma and the funeral home guys chatting as they load the bodies of the dead into the Hearse.
Even my mother is itching to watch this film! Bring on the sequel.
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