By Owen Gleiberman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:58 AM EDT
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  • Movie

Why is Elvis Presley living in a convalescent home in East Texas? Because 30 years ago, he escaped the fortress of his fame by trading places with an Elvis impersonator. Why is Elvis doing battle with a mummy who haunts the rest home so that he can suck out the souls of the dying? Because Don Coscarelli, writer-director of the logy, fatuous Bubba Ho-Tep, is trying to will a cult movie into existence — which, of course, never works. It’s a small plus that Bruce Campbell, from the ”Evil Dead” films, refuses to play Elvis as a joke, but he’s stuck chewing over a litany of old-hat regret (he should have dumped Colonel Parker, etc.). Besides, how much fascination can the King hold when he’s attempting to smash a giant scarab with a bedpan?

Bubba Ho-Tep

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  • Movie
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 92 minutes
director
  • Don Coscarelli

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