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July 26, 2003

Bubba Ho-Tep

Bruce Campbell is a hero of the Flea. I interviewed him as background for a National Post article I wrote a couple years ago. I have been thinking of getting the whole interview transcribed (about 40 minutes or so) and running it in Saturday installments...


In the meantime, Bubba Ho-Tep is finally here.

Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by acclaimed author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the “true” story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis(Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his “death”, then missed his chance to switch back. Elvis teams up with Jack(Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds…

The Flea is a horror afficianado and I am ashamed to say Joe R. Lansdale has slipped through my pop-culture filters. He appears to sit somewhere between Flea-favs Christopher Moore and Poppy Z. Brite. I cannot wait for this movie. Ok, now going to watch the trailer over and over.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 26, 2003 10:20 AM