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[[caption-width-right:200: Yes, you're reading this right - Creator/BruceCampbell as Elvis]]

'''''Bubba Ho-Tep''''' is a small-release film, written and directed by Don Coscarelli (based on a short story by Joe R. Lansdale), starring Creator/BruceCampbell and Ossie Davis. The premise: Three old men far removed from their proper places fight it out for their souls. Did we mention the three are Elvis, an old black man who claims he's UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, and a {{mummy}} dressed like a cowboy?

In the 1970s, ElvisPresley (Campbell) sought out the world's greatest Elvis impersonator, Sebastian Haff. They secretly switched places, so Elvis could retire in peace. Unfortunately, all the documentation was lost in a trailer explosion, Haff died from a drug overdose, and Elvis fell from the stage while impersonating himself and went into a coma for twenty years. Now alone, assumed crazy, and convalescent in a west Texas retirement home with a mysterious growth on his genitals, he languishes.

John F. Kennedy (Davis), once president of the United States. His death faked, half his brain removed and replaced with a bag of sand, and his body dyed black by the CIA, Kennedy is also a resident of this same rest home - that's his story, at least. The woman who claims to be his niece is nice enough, and he fears for his life if he goes public, so he sits, re-creating Dealey Plaza in miniature, trying to figure out just what happened to him. He's the only one who believes his neighbor Elvis really is who he claims to be (though Elvis believes he's nuts).

The mysterious cursed mummy was stolen from a museum by treasure-hunting rednecks, dressed in a cowboy outfit, and lost in a storm in the river by the retirement home. He rises from the depths to consume the souls of the living, feeding at the retirement home to avoid detection, releasing the residual parts of their souls into the men's room, and scratching obscene hieroglyphs on the stall. The defeated and sick elders aren't very nourishing, but no one misses them. No one believes them. No one cares.

Only JFK and Elvis can defeat Bubba Ho-Tep before he condemns more helpless elders to an afterlife in the sewer.

A sequel, "Bubba Nosferatu", was planned (and hinted at in the credits), [[WhatCouldHaveBeen but died in the planning stage when Bruce Campbell declined to reprise his role]].
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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdultFear: growing old and weak and finding yourself left to die in a care home, with your children "too busy" to come and see you. (Elvis sees his room-mate's daughter twice in three years - once when she booked him in, and once after he dies. She throws his belongings and mementos in the bin).
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "How did I end up here? What ''happened'' to me? What time's lunch, and considering what they serve, why do I care?"
* AssholeVictim: The mummy's first victim is an elderly woman that snatches the glasses off a woman in an iron lung and steals candies from the sick.
* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: The last shot of the movie is Elvis breathing his last as he looks up at the stars]].
* BMovie
* CaptainErsatz / SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The movie didn't have the budget to license footage from any of Elvis' movies or any recordings of Elvis' actual music. The TV scene showing old Elvis movies is stock footage with actors who vaguely resemble Elvis without showing their face, and the scene with Elvis performing is using vague Elvis-like music.
* CatchPhrase: All of Elvis' signature phrases are said multiple times. "Thank you very much" and "Takin' care of business"/"TCB" in particular.
* CessationOfExistence: What awaits the souls Bubba devours. [[spoiler:Presumably, the ones that fly out of him as he dies hadn't been fully digested yet.]]
* CreditsGag: The copyright violation warning threatens violators with "the wrath of Bubba Ho Tep". Also, it is stated that Elvis will return in "Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires".
** After the closing credits on the DVD Elvis says, "Remember to be kind, rewind...well, um, guess you don't need to rewind, with DVD these days."
* DramaticUnmask: Subverted. The Lone Ranger is unmasked after he dies with no fanfare.
* {{Dying As Yourself}}: Because soul-suckin' sumbitch mummies do not a friendly bedmate make.
* ElvisHasLeftThePlanet: Combined with AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, the real Elvis didn't die of a drug overdose, but had retired in secret.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Bubba Ho Tep consumes and digests the souls of his victims, preventing them from any afterlife. A rather neat way to illustrate why he's such a problem when they'll all be dying soon anyway.
* {{Genre Busting}}: It's a hilarious spoof of B-movie monster films, a poignant tale of the decline of Elvis Presley, a parable about how being old does not necessarily make one worthless, a genuinely unnerving horror film and a kickass action movie.
* GoOutWithASmile: Twice.
** "Kemosabe was dead of a ruptured heart valve before he hit the floor. He went out with guns blazing. Soul intact."
** '''[[spoiler: Elvis]]''': [[spoiler: "Thank you. Thank you very much..."]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Three: [[spoiler: Elvis decides it's better to die killing the mummy than wait and languish to die from the cancer on his penis. JFK goes out in a blaze by ramming the creature with his electric wheelchair. And Kemosabe, who dies earlier in the film facing down the mummy with a pair of cap pistols, dies soul-intact.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Elvis is very annoyed that people think him to be some crazy old man instead of the genuine article. The only one to believe him is JFK, who Elvis initially thinks is a crazy old man instead of the genuine article.
* InnerMonologue: Elvis spends a fair part of the film reflecting and philosophizing about what might have been.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The mummy is destroyed by being doused with a combination of rubbing alcohol and gasoline from an insecticide sprayer and set ablaze.]]
* LampshadeHanging: Elvis saying "Shitty pictures, every single one" on footage using an Elvis look alike due to the movie not being able to afford real footage or music of Elvis.
* RuleOfFunny
* RuleOfScary
* ShoutOut: Among the others, the Lone Ranger appears to have ended up in the nursing home as well.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror
* StealthPun: Near the end, the mummy speaks in hieroglyphics... obscene (and fake) hieroglyphics, at that. [[spoiler:It's the mummy's curse.]]
* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarCharacters: On CBS's 2000 MedicalDrama ''City of Angels'', Ossie Davis played the recurring character of an elderly homeless man who believed himself to be the deposed King of England.
* TheyFightCrime: Two legends we only think are dead. They fight one who really is.
* UltimateEvil: The mummy's presence causes the lights to fade whenever it approaches, keeping it partially obscured for most of the film.
* UnreliableNarrator: As stated, Elvis, JFK, or both could easily be someone besides who they claim to be.
* WholePlotReference: This inspired the ''AHDotComTheSeries'' episode ''The Return of the King''.
* WhoShotJFK: According to JFK, it was UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson and Congress, who proceeded to dye his body black and ship him out when it failed.
* YourSoulIsMine

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