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Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edith Jefferson ...
Elderly Woman
Rest Home Administrator
Hearse Driver
Hearse Driver
Linda Flammer ...
Room Nurse
Attending Nurse
Solange Morand ...
Iron Lung Lady
Karen Placencia ...


Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult 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. Written by Eric Shovanda

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bubba Ho-tep  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,636, 21 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,003,420, 30 June 2004
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


There are no mountains (as seen in the Nacogdoches fair scene and Mud Creek) in East Texas. See more »


Elvis: You could've come and seen him. They don't charge you for that.
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Crazy Credits

The film thanks "The staff and residents of the Mud Creek Shady Rest Convalescent Home. Mud Creek, Texas", when in fact no such home exists. See more »


Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Bubba Ho-Tep (2007) See more »


Let's Go, Man
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At last, a Lansdale adaptation!
20 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Very faithful to Joe R Lansdale's weird and wonderful short story, this film is a real gem. The gist of the story is that Elvis (Bruce Campbell) didn't die (it was an impersonator he swapped places with who popped his clogs),and is spending the rest of his days in a Texas rest home, with a busted hip and a growth on the end of his pecker,and he's none to happy. That is until a soul sucking mummy turns up at the rest home and Elvis is forced into action to defend his home and it's residents. Teaming up with another resident, an elderly black man who thinks he's JFK (Ossie Davis) they decide to take care of business and defeat Bubba Ho-Tep.

If that sounds weird, it is, it's also very funny, hugely entertaining and oddly moving. It also has THE best performance of The King that this Elvis fan has ever seen! Bruce Campbell, i salute you!

So check this baby out. And if you like it you could do worse than check out the original story by Joe R Lansdale. This guy is some storyteller.

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