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Synopsis

An ancient evil finds resistance in the most unlikely of places in this oddball comedy horror effort from Phantasm director Don Coscarelli. Resting in the confines of a Mud Creek, TX, nursing home after fading into obscurity following his departure from the limelight, an aging and embittered Elvis (Bruce Campbell) befriends a delusional patient named Jack (Ossie Davis) who claims to be John F. Kennedy. It seems that at the height of his popularity Elvis had switched identities with a convincing double, and, upon the death of the substitute, missed his chance to reclaim his former fame. Despite his anger at never having made a comeback, Elvis finds a new reason to live when Jack tips him off to an evil mummy that is feasting on the souls of hapless nursing home inhabitants. Before long the geriatric duo must muster the strength to fend off the malevolent soul sucker lest they ultimately fall prey to the fearsome Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy).~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Bruce Campbell
  • Ossie Davis
  • Ella Joyce
  • Heidi Marnhout
  • Bob Ivy
  • Edith Jefferson
  • Larry Pennell
  • Reggie Bannister
  • Daniel Roebuck
  • Daniel Schweiger

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Only 32 prints of the film were originally made as part of a limited platform release.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

  • While Callie is folding her father's clothes, the shirt in her hands changes from red-and-white plaid, to yellow, then back to red-and-white plaid.
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Quotes

    • Elvis: Ask not what your rest home can do for you. Ask what you can do for your rest home.
    • JFK: Hey, you're copying my best lines!
    • Elvis: Then let me paraphrase one of my own. Let's take care of business.
    • JFK: Just what are you getting at, Elvis?
    • Elvis: I think you know what I'm gettin' at Mr. President. We're gonna kill us a mummy.
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Metacritic

75

Endearing and vulgar in about the right proportion. The movie doesn't exactly work, but sometimes when a car won't start, it's still fun to look at the little honey gleaming in the driveway.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
75

It's a credit to the actors, particularly the superb Campbell, that completely preposterous material can be made strangely touching.

Metacritic review by Megan Lehmann
Megan Lehmann
New York Post