Friday, 3 October 2014

31 Days Of Horror: Day 3 - Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

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Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

If the fact that Bruce Campbell play an elderly Elvis doesn't make you want to watch this film then you've got a serious problem.



I have to be truly honest here, as a few of you already know I'm a HUGE Bruce Campbell fan, so this review maybe a tad biased on my part. 

He truly does a fantastic performance as the aged Elvis, it's a role you can't understand properly till you see the film itself though but seriously, what a performance he gives.



Another reason I was excited for this movie was that Don Coscarelli directed it (If you didn't know he made the "Phantasm" films) I've enjoyed every film he's made and thankfully he didn't let me down with this release.

The film is stuffed full of Coscarelli trademarks such as the dark humour, we even get a welcome cameo from Reggie Bannister himself which is fun  for fans of his work.


"Bubba Ho-Tep" is admittedly a weird film so it's not to everyones taste but I urge you to give it a try at-least, it could become a new favourite of yours.


If you want to see the "Bubba Ho-Tep" trailer then just click on the video below:


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

The shoestring budget for this movie was a little over a half million dollars, or roughly 1% of an average big-budget Hollywood movie.

Before Bruce Campbell accepted the role of "Elvis," he had only one question for director Don Coscarelli: "Are you going to show the penis?"

Bruce Campbell helped promote the movie by bringing it along with him on his book tour for his autobiography, "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor."

Only 32 prints of the film were originally made as part of a limited platform release.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.

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.

The filmmakers managed to round up about 100 extras for the Elvis concert scene, but as the filming dragged on, the extras steadily departed. By the end of filming, there were only a dozen or so extras left, which pretty much dictated which camera angles could still work.

Filmed in 30 days, an unusually long schedule for such a low-budget film.

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.

When Elvis turns on the TV and sees the Elvis Presley movie marathon, none of the clips are from any of Elvis's movies. Because the licensing costs would have been too much for the budget, they used stock footage and never showed the faces of the Elvis-like actors.

KNB Effects agreed to make the Bubba Ho-Tep make-up and costume for cost of materials as a favor to Don Coscarelli.

Coscarelli originally wanted a dual narration, not just an Elvis narration. He had recorded another voice narrating the action as it came from the short story it was based upon, but this was abandoned after his friends told him it was terrible. Some of this narration can be heard on the DVD's deleted scenes.

Elvis describes his medicine bag as "mucho mojo," which is the title of another book by Joe R. Lansdale, author of the original Bubba Ho-Tep.

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