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Title: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: Dust Devil on September 15, 2009, 03:55:40 PM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0281686/

I guess the only reason for this being (partly) horror was to make the fan(boy)s of Bruce Campbell and Don Coscarelli happy. A shame really; they nearly ruined a movie that started and rolled for 3/4 as an excellent drama about missed opportunities and wrong turns in life, with a magnificent subtle performance from Bruce Campbell that gave his character a cloak of rarely seen desperate bitterness.

I know there must be a couple of his interviews on YT where he's saying that indie movies are the last bastion of unconventional thinking and ideas, I'm happy that at least in this case I can agree with him.


7.55/10


Title: Re: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: T.H. on September 15, 2009, 05:34:15 PM
I haven't seen it in a few years but I mostly enjoyed it, though it could have been trimmed 10-15 mins. I can't say I agree with your complaint that the film should have scrapped the zombie angle. I doubt the crew would been able to make a coherent film considering the zombie angle holds everything together.


Title: Re: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: The Firecracker on September 15, 2009, 07:28:29 PM
I haven't seen it in a few years but I mostly enjoyed it, though it could have been trimmed 10-15 mins. I can't say I agree with your complaint that the film should have scrapped the zombie angle. I doubt the crew would been able to make a coherent film considering the zombie angle holds everything together.

But it's the mummy angle that (bizarrely) brings in the mature themes about old age and death into the picture.
If it weren't for the mummy, Elvis wouldn't feel the need to have one more stab at life.


8/10

- I agree that the climax, which seems to go on forever (how many times do you have to light a mummy up on fire to kill it?), could be trimmed some.


Title: Re: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: T.H. on September 15, 2009, 08:10:29 PM
But it's the mummy angle that (bizarrely) brings in the mature themes about old age and death into the picture.
If it weren't for the mummy, Elvis wouldn't feel the need to have one more stab at life.

8/10

- I agree that the climax, which seems to go on forever (how many times do you have to light a mummy up on fire to kill it?), could be trimmed some.

Yeah, just replace "zombie" with "supernatural element" or "mummy" in my original post.

I agree with everything you said.

I don't mean to pull a Kanye West (I hate modern pop culture references but whatever), but my grammar has been horrendous lately. I've been noticing errors in virtually all of my posts. My apologies, SLWBers.


Title: Re: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: Dust Devil on September 16, 2009, 03:34:39 AM
I partially agree with you guys, perhaps I didn't express myself the best way. As I said; it does work for nearly 3/4 of the movie, it gets the picture going, but if you think better it didn't have to be a classic horror villain like the mummy at all, it could have been just another murder mystery. The ending really sucked, though it had a few sardonic angles to it, like Elvis waiting for the electric wheelchair to come his way.


Title: Re: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: The Firecracker on September 16, 2009, 02:57:35 PM
The climax does suck but it is slightly redeemed by Campbell's delivery of the line "Thank you... Thank you very much".


Title: Re: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: sargatanas on October 25, 2010, 02:18:43 PM
about missed opportunities and wrong turns in life  >:D  killer diller DD / U da MAN son


Title: Re: Bubba Ho-tep (2002)
Post by: Dust Devil on October 25, 2010, 03:30:03 PM
Yeah-fuck-yeah!