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Review: 'Bubba Ho-Tep'

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the donal-logue-is-fat-elvis dept.

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Dark Paladin writes "I just got done watching Bubba Ho-Tep . Lucky for the viewers, the actor, Bruce Campbell was there afterwards answering questions. He was quick of wit, rather forgiving of the fans who kept wanting to ask Evil Dead questions, and even made fun of his own career (such as big budget movies like Congo that flopped -- not his fault, in my humble opinion)." Read on for the rest of Dark Paladin's review.

Someone asked Campbell whether he expected an Oscar nomination, something he joked off. As I stepped out, I happened to find myself right next to the actor for a good 10 seconds, and I thought about telling him how Thursday morning, the same time that I first heard about the movie, National Public Radio's review mentioned that he did deserve an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Elvis Presley as an old man. I'm actually regretting I didn't mention that in passing, but who knows -- maybe someone will encourage him to go for it, because it's a better performance than some of the butt-kissing, self-important, Oscar-begging performances we've been seeing from so-called "artists." And dang, but it would be great to see the words "Bubba" mentioned even once at the Academy Awards.

But, the movie. Check out the website if you need to (and give them a slashdotting they won't forget). The story sounds stupid, but it's actually incredibly clever.

The story revolves around Elvis. No, the real Elvis. Seems that he didn't die -- back in the 1970's, he traded places with an Elvis impersonator, and that was the guy who died on a toilet of a drug overdose. The real Elvis went on as an impersonator of himself, carefree until a hip injury landed him a hospital, in a coma, and now into old age.

So the real Elvis is now an old man in a retirement home with a cancerous growth on his penis at the age of 80, still wearing those shades (prescription glasses now). Laughed at by nurses, treated like a child, and played expertly by Bruce Campbell.

Yes, Mr. Campbell pulls of an incredible performance. He could have played the role of Elvis trying to save a retirement home like many of his other characters -- a hammed-up, cocky action hero. Or taken the Austin Powers route and just made fun of it with a wink and a nudge.

No, Mr. Campbell plays it straight. This Elvis is old, sometimes suffers from dementia, moves slowly and painfully, and is regretting throwing away his fame, fortune, and family. He's going to die all alone, and all of his accomplishments are going to be for squat. He was a fake, and he has no one to blame but himself for his problems.

But he's not going to let some Egyptian mummy suck his soul out of his ass, like the other members of the retirement home he lives in might. Nor that of his best friend, John F. Kennedy (played by Ossie Davis with class and energy) who was dyed black by the CIA after they replaced bits of his missing brain with a bag of sand.

It sounds like a funny movie, and it is. There are some one-liners that could only be delivered by Bruce Campbell himself. But the biggest jokes come in directions you don't see coming at all, and unlike most of your Hollywood movies, you don't see them telegraphed a mile off, because the filmmakers in this case don't assume the audience is stupid. Yes, there are some Elvis comments as jokes (such as the trademark "Thank you very much"), but you don't feel like they were put out there with gigantic neon signs to remind you "Hey, it's Elvis!". If the audience catches them (and most of the time, they did), great -- if not, the movie is just as funny and spooky.

At the same time, there is an element of a true horror movie. Mummies aren't anything to be afraid of, according to the old stereotype of them moving in slow, shambling steps: anyone even close to young ought would have to be incredibly slow to even fear getting caught.

But how about a geriatric with a broken hip, confined to a wheelchair or inflected by dementia? Bubba Ho-Tep uses its situation -- the retirement home, full of slow-moving people who aren't listened to or believed by the figures of authority, treated like they were less than children. Some of them can't even defend themselves or comprehend the danger they are in until it's too late, and when they die, no one is surprised -- after all, they were old, right? When you have a man who's claiming to be Elvis who saw a mummy sucking the soul out of someone's ass: well, he's got a credibility issue to start with.

An old man in a walker trying to escape a slow-moving mummy, it's not only credible, but makes for some of the most inventive action and horror scenes I've seen in some time. Nearly all the effects are done simply, just makeup and lighting, but used to wonderful effect. Not bad for a movie that, according to Campbell, was shot in only six weeks. The editing is probably the best special effect used in the movie, for moments such as Elvis meeting his impersonator self, or the encounters with the dreaded Bubba Ho-Tep. Don Coscarelli, the film's director, uses the cameras without flash, just correct camera angles and cuts like an expert painter uses a brush.

Bruce Campbell performance as Elvis is nothing short of incredible. The makeup is so wonderfully applied, most of the time you don't see Mr. Campbell, you see the King, now old and defeated by age (though it's hard sometimes to cover up that trademark square jaw). Elvis hasn't had an erection in years thanks to the pus on his pecker, he's got cancer, and nobody cares -- but as you see him start to fill up with life and that gleam come back in his eye as he fights for his soul, you can't root but cheer for this underdog.

And this film may be an underdog too, with nothing but fan word of mouth working for it, but it certainly deserves its fair chance on the big screen.

If there's one problem with the movie, there is a little bit of a slowdown about three-quarters of the way through, and an important plot device is gone over nearly three times -- but the pacing is otherwise nearly perfect. Especially when dealing with life inside a retirement home, where time itself can sometimes seem to be slow and almost forgetful of where it's going.

Bubba Ho-Tep is one of the funniest and most enjoyable movies I've seen this year. I wouldn't use the words "Triumph" (as, according to Mr. Campbell, that's a sure sign a movie should be ran from), but I would say it was worth the $8 I paid for the ticket. It's playing in limited theaters, and you can find the details at the film's website. In a summer full of too many sequels, big-budget special effects and explosions that offer mere flash in the pans, Bubba Ho-Tep is as satisfying as a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Do yourself, and independent films a favor and go see it.

Thank you. Thank you very much.


And thanks to Dark Paladin for this review.

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Direct Links to Quicktime Movie Trailers (4, Informative)

akedia (665196) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137638)

Small [akamai.net]
Medium [akamai.net]
Large [akamai.net]

Re:Direct Links to Quicktime Movie Trailers (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137667)

You are so gay.

Re:Direct Links to Quicktime Movie Trailers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137688)

You are so a 17-year-old AOLer who can't even talk to a girl without paying $2.99 a minute.

In Soviet Russia ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137795)

Elvis impersonates Elvis!

wget fails? (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137749)

Is anyone else having problem getting the large movie file? I only get 1,491 bytes.

Re:wget fails? (1)

dknj (441802) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137787)

Look at the file you received, it contains a redirect (which may contain another redirect, which may contain... you get the idea) to another url with another movie

-dk

Re:wget fails? (1)

Phaid (938) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137799)

Add a "m" to the end of the filename in the url so it reads ...bubba_ho-tep_m480.mov

Is this a comedy??? (4, Funny)

twoslice (457793) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137649)

An old man in a walker trying to escape a slow-moving mummy

sounds hillarious...

Re:Is this a comedy??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137678)

twoslice

Meta-Troll (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137659)

I, for one, welcome our new beowulf cluster of Natalie Portman Naked, BSD is dying but stephen king is already dead 1.In soviet russia 2.Profit 3.??? you must be new here, insensitive clod, overlords.

Re:Meta-Troll (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137969)

I agree with your troll 99%, Junis.

elvis? (2, Funny)

micronix1 (590179) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137661)

this is by far one of the weirdest things that i've read about on /. in the past month. bring on the soviet russia jokes.

Re:elvis? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137687)

In soviet russia, jokes laugh at YOU.

Re:elvis? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137690)

In Soviet Russia,
Elvis impersonates you!

Re:elvis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137993)

I've reached a new low. I found a Soviet Russia joke funny.

Imdb link (1)

Stone Rhino (532581) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137669)

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0281686/ [imdb.com]
Also, I never heard of this film before. Anyone care to clue me in on the history of how this film came to be?

Re:Imdb link (2, Informative)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137758)

It's on the IMDB page

"Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale,"

I guess someone read the story and thought it would make a good film, probably Don Coscarelli (of Phantasm fame).

"Phantasm" (3, Informative)

humberthumbert (104950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137676)

In case you didn't know, the director of this film (Don Coscarelli) is also the genius behind the Phantasm http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079714/ series of horror flicks....

Bar none the best horror movies ever, IMHO....

I was there! (4, Informative)

preric (689159) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137677)

The movie was... okay.

Big tip: DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER OR READ ABOUT THE MOVIE (if you haven't already). Trailer gives away the majority of the funny/clever scenes (you will agree with me after viewing).

All in all, it was a decent flick. Bruce looks strange dressed normally and not in his Evil Dead outfit.

Re:I was there! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137692)

trailer park trash preric

Re:I was there! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137755)

Saw the movie in NYC last weekend and can't stop raving about it. If you're a true Bruce Campbell fan, spend the time and $$ to view this film. Its too bad its in limited distribution but spread the word and get this movie out!

I can definately see this going into cult film classic favs in the future.

Re:I was there! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137868)

I agree with the grandparent, the movie was "okay". Id rather just catch the dvd, once its out, then spend my afternoon to see a decidely average movie.

Quoting another Bruce Campbell movie.... (-1, Funny)

VistaBoy (570995) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137696)

Hail to the king, baby.

I got news for you pal. (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137951)

You ain't leavin but two things right now, Jack and Shit, and Jack left town. :-)~

leavin=leading (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7138431)


Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun.

Distribution Rights (5, Informative)

Momomoto (118483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137703)

I got in touch with my local independent movie theatre [bytowne.ca] to see when it would be shown, and they told me that there currently is no Canadian film distributor for Bubba Ho-Tep.

I urge any Canadian interested in seeing this movie to get in touch with their own indy theatres and ask them the same thing I did. If enough people show interest, I'm sure that the right people will hear that there's enough of a market for their company to secure distribution rights.

But did you consider.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137715)

That they might not want their movie to be seen by pseudo-frog peacenik wannabes from north of the border?

Wrong! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137864)

Unlikely since it debuted in Toronto at the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Internation Film Festival and then played again a year later to two sold out audiences at a Rue Morgue showing. :P

Worst... review... ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137704)

For a movie this great, the reviewer seems to have the pacing of the very retirement home people he so atrociously describes. Too bad.

Army of Darkness fans... (0)

bigberk (547360) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137716)

Of course, Bruce Campbell was in the classic Army of Darkness too!!

Re:Army of Darkness fans... (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137805)

And before that, Campbell was in the even greater horror-comedy classic Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn [imdb.com]. And in the first Evil Dead movie too, but that just didn't have the same panache. Evil Dead II is one of my all time favorite movies. It's surreal, you will laugh your ass off, the horror/suspense angle is very weak but I don't think that was the point of the movie. If you thought Ash was kewl in Army Of Darkness, you have to see this.

Re:Army of Darkness fans... (1)

Cylix (55374) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137885)

Don't forget Evil Dead and Within The Woods.

Within the woods is Evil Dead, but extremely low budget, which funded Evil Dead.

I don't know where you can find Within The Woods... other then some popular file sharing applications.

P2P networks don't exactly make it easy to find independent films... but its not exactly a bad method of distribution. Too bad there isn't a compensation method in there.

Re:Army of Darkness fans... (3, Funny)

rufus t firefly (35399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137817)

Of course, Bruce Campbell was in the classic Army of Darkness too!!

We'll all just pretend that this is sarcasm, and that the poster actually knows that Army of Darkness is Evil Dead 3. Not that someone else won't point that out between "hail to the king, baby", "this is my boomstick" and "shop smart, shop S-Mart" comments...

Re:Army of Darkness fans... (1)

Chaosrider (631443) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137851)

Bruce Campbell is a comic genious. Just picture him strapping him on the chainsaw after cutting off his own hand in Evil Dead 2. Those one liners kill me.

"Groovy"

"Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun."

"Give me some sugar, baby!"

Re:Army of Darkness fans... (1)

bigberk (547360) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138270)

Did you know that "Duke Nukem" character in the PC game "Duke Nukem 3D" was based on Bruce Campbell's Evil Dead character? "Hail to the king, baby!"

Re:Army of Darkness fans... (1)

hawkestein (41151) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138396)

I think the intersection of the set of people who played Duke Nukem 3D and the set of people who didn't see Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness is pretty much empty.

rottentomatoes: 84% positive (4, Informative)

evenprime (324363) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137717)

it has gotten some really good reviews [rottentomatoes.com], too.

Re:rottentomatoes: 84% positive (1)

fishbert42 (588754) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138266)

That '84% positive' is not an unbias statistic. The movie has pretty much one glowing beacon of PR going for it -- Bruce Campbell. A great majority of people who will go see Bubba Ho-Tep in its limited run are Bruce Campbell fans. Now, the movie could be mediocre at best, but a disproportionate number of Bruce Campbell fans would be swayed to still give it a positive review merely because it's got Bruce Campbell in it. I'm not saying that Bubba Ho-Tep is bad (I haven't seen it yet), just that with such a limited run, you're not getting a fair sample of movie-goers. And, frankly, I'm surprised that it's as low as 84%.

Re:rottentomatoes: 84% positive (2, Informative)

God! Awful 2 (631283) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138408)


I'm not saying that Bubba Ho-Tep is bad (I haven't seen it yet), just that with such a limited run, you're not getting a fair sample of movie-goers. And, frankly, I'm surprised that it's as low as 84%.

I'm going to take a wild stab here and speculate that you've never been to rottentomatoes.com either. If you had, you would know that the tomatometer is not a random sampling of Bruce Campbell fans, it's a sampling of published movie reviewers.

Meanwhile, as more reviews are added to the site, the rating has slipped to only 75% positive.
-a

Bummer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137720)

Penis cancer, shit man he's he gonna fsck all those fine women he gets by claiming to be elvis. Looks like biology failed Elvis....

Re:Bummer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137763)

Learn to use english dude, I think you meant how's he

In Soviet Russia (-1, Troll)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137731)

Old man with walker chases mummy? I'm not sure what to do with this one ...

That means (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137841)

In Soviet Russia, Soviet Russians tell jokes about you!

Well.. (-1, Offtopic)

MoeMoe (659154) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137741)

I for one welcome our undead, senile, mummy fighting overlords...

Re:Well.. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137963)

Does no one else get that this is based on a Kent Brockman quote? It's funny people!

Re:Well.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7138449)

Hmm. no, doesn't ring a bell.

Good to see this on slashdot! (1)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137742)

Since I first heard about this movie I have been trying to get the word out about it. Where I live I have a little-to-none chance of seeing it in the theatre unless it gets into the big theaters.

When I first heard about it, they were having problems with getting the film distributed - a problem which is now partially solved.

The more people who make mention of this, the more likely we are to see this appear in theaters everywhere - even if only for a short time.

I am still dying to see it out here.

Joe Landsdale (3, Interesting)

NixterAg (198468) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137744)

I've gotta get a plug in for fellow Nacogdoches, Texas (the place where the shuttle came down...so to speak) resident Joe Landsdale, who wrote the short story on which the movie was based. He's written quite a few horror novels, most of them set in the East Texas area. He's probably best known for his novel 'Bad Chili'. Check out his website [joerlansdale.com].

Actually... (4, Informative)

Onan The Librarian (126666) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137857)

It's "Lansdale", and I'd say he's even better known for his "Night They Missed The Horror Show", which is truly one of the most outrageous extreme horror stories I've ever read. He's also the author of the short-lived "Jonah Hex" comics, as well as the sometimes-yea, sometimes-nay series of novels starring the unlikely duo of Hap Collins (ass-kicking young white trash) and Leonard Pine (even better ass-kicking aging black fag). I read anything and everything I can find by Joe, so if you ever meet him in Nacogdoches TX please tell him he's got a *monstrous* fan in Findlay OH !

Re:Actually... (1)

NixterAg (198468) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137931)

Ahhh, I know it was Lansdale but it seems my brain was taking a vacation. Thanks for the correction. If I see him, I'll tell him!

Re:Joe Lansdale (1)

fmayhar (413222) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138524)

Just to fill in a bit, Joe grew up in a small town in East Texas and has spent pretty much his whole life there. He was one of those kids, apparently, who was contantly beaten up in school. As a result, he has (or had, it has been a long time since I've spoken with him) a black belt in American Defense Karate. Virtually all of his writing has been horror and, unfortunately (for those who live there), all too much of it was taken straight from his life in East Texas.

As I understand it, Bubba Hotep was a book long before it was a movie. I do know that Joe was intimately involved in the production of the film.

Me, I haven't read anything he has written since a reading he gave at a writer's group meeting in approximately 1981 gave me nightmares. I don't do horror.

Stoopid Question... (3, Interesting)

bolind (33496) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137745)

...What does the title mean? I might be getting the "Ho" part, but that's about it.

Re:Stoopid Question... (1)

Pinback (80041) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137838)

Bubba refers to a southern bumpkin, aka Elvis.
Ho-Tep is the name of the mummy.

Maybe "Bubba vs Ho-Tep" would've been more intuitive. But not as catchy.

The next movie is supposedly going to be "Bubba Nosferatu".

Re:Stoopid Question... (1)

nhaze (684461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137919)

I haven't seen the film yet (and I really hope they release it near me), but I am pretty sure its going to be a play on words...

Hotep or -hotep is ancient egyptian for 'peace'. The meaning chagnes depending on the context, so could mean 'at peace', 'to grace', etc.. That root is often used in honorific titles of pharoahs/gods and very important folks i.e. Amenhotep.

So that is probably the case, Bubbahotep... something along the lines of 'Blessed Bubba who Graces us'...
shad'up and enjoy the movie...

Re:Stoopid Question... (5, Informative)

FooGoo (98336) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137937)

The word Bubba is used in the US to refer to someone from the south. Usually a male. That is white trash but may have a veneer of class. Think Bill Clinton.

Ho-Tep can refer to any number of egyption figures such as Ptah-Hotep or Akhti-Hotep

Remember! (-1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137750)

If you use Linux, BSD or other not QT supported OSes, then use the mplayer video player, which now has native Quicktime support. Or, if you use Debian gnu/linux then use Xine which is compatible with the debian licencing policies.

Download
Mplayer http://www.mplayerhq.hu/ [mplayerhq.hu]
Xine http://www.xine.sourceforge.com/ [nero-online.org]

Debian
run
su -c "apt-get install xine" in an Xterm. (unstable edition only)

Re:Remember! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137884)

Actually MPlayer is also compatable with Debian licensing but certain Debian developers have an axe to grind against the MPlayer devs so they refuse to make official packages for it.

mplayer sources (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137921)

Want mplayer in Debian using apt-get goodness? Add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb http://marillat.free.fr/ unstable main

(or use the appropriate entry listed at http://marillat.free.fr/ [marillat.free.fr])

He sneaks it in, finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7138425)

n/t

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137751)

mummies run from elderly Elvis! Well, maybe that happens at some point.

Bruce at QAs (4, Informative)

leeward (313589) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137753)

I'll definitely have to agree with the reviewers comments about Bruce Campbell's style for question and answer sessions. He showed up for a screening of Army of Darkness that I attended, and answered quite a few audience questions. He was very entertaining and witty, and did not think any questions were too dumb to answer. When a fan asked a question about a particular stunt he had performed in a previous movie, he provided an imprompto demonstration right on the stage, to everyone's delight (and being a wood stage, it must have hurt a bit). A very nice guy, who didn't seem to have let fame go to his head.

Re:Bruce at QAs (2, Interesting)

Cylix (55374) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137858)

Bruce did a question and answer session on sci-fi channels irc server. This was about the same time of save farscape occurrance.

I saved the whole chat log somewhere, but he is just as funny in text as on stage.

It was a relatively small audience of about 300 chatters with a moderation/question submission in progress to keep the clammer down.

irc.sci-fi.com ? I think... they usually announce question/answer sessions in the topic.

Bruce is always very down to earth and is definately a little tired of the Evil Dead/AoD questions.

He said, he would love to do another one, but with the last movie not earning quite enough it wouldn't seem possible. As far as doing a lower budget flick, he commented on how difficult it would be to get Sam Raimi to go from 5 and 6 cameras to using just 1.

Oh my... (2, Funny)

MoeMoe (659154) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137759)

"If you see one ELVIS VS. MUMMY movie this year... This Is It!"

I should hope so... Unless they have already finished recording "Bubba Ho-Tep 2: Return of the King"

Re:Oh my... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137904)

Yes, they finished "Bubba Ho-Tep 2: Return of the King".
Now they are working on "Bubba Ho-Tep 3: Army of Darkness"

IN SOVIET RUSSIA... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7137777)

...dicks suck YOU!!!!!

Awesome flick (2, Informative)

the darn (624240) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137778)

I was lucky enough to see it at the SXSW Film Festival here in Austin. A truly hilarious movie that puts mainstream pap to shame. At the same time, though, it's touching in its own way, due largely to the impressively-chinned-one's efforts. It's just sad that it's found such difficulty in finding distribution. It's coming back to the Alamo Drafthouse, where I hope to see it again before I have the chance to buy it on DVD.

Berardinelli's review (1)

Onan The Librarian (126666) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137814)

Check out James Berardinelli's review at http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/. My favorite line: "Based on indisputable facts..." ! I can't wait to see this movie, but it'll probably never show in my home town. Time to take another trip...

Bruce Campbell story (5, Interesting)

epiphany_man (576339) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137913)

Bruce was at the small art house theatre across the street from my university yesterday taking questions after the movie. He was actually sitting in the audience during the showing, but I don't think anyone noticed. After he got up and started answering questions, someone around the area where he had sat asked him if he knew who owned a car with the license plate number "Oregon XXX-XXXX". Bruce, who was the owner of said car, immediately replied, "What my license number is is none of your business!", probably thinking the asker of the question a psycho stalker. The audience member then waved a driver's license in the air and Bruce was visibly surprised while the rest of the audience roared with laughter as Bruce apologized and even offered the guy a part in his next movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the Q & A session with Bruce. He was witty and sarcastic and did not shun from making jibes at audience members such as calling those who had bought the paperback edition of his book cheapskates. He also commented on how he didn't want to make "Legally Blonde"-type movies, and how many of the Hollywood-made films shown in airplanes just make him want to walk out.

Re:Bruce Campbell story (2, Funny)

n0wak (631202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138283)

many of the Hollywood-made films shown in airplanes just make him want to walk out.

hah. That's genius right there.

Re:Bruce Campbell story (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138493)

Bruce, who was the owner of said car, immediately replied, "What my license number is is none of your business!", probably thinking the asker of the question a psycho stalker. The audience member then waved a driver's license in the air and Bruce was visibly surprised
Ummmm ... I don't get it. Since when do they print your license plate number on your driver's license?

What do you guys/girls see in Bruce Campbell? (4, Interesting)

LordOfYourPants (145342) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137934)

I'll be honest straight off: I think he's an OK actor, but I haven't seen anything about him that really excites me. He was funny in the Evil Dead movies and it's cool that he doesn't seem to be snobbish about his cult fame.

On the other hand, I have two friends that are very much into him. These two friends are also very much into the character of Boba Fett who, again, seems like a very random character (esp. seeing as how he doesn't even have dialogue) to get excited about.

So my question is this: What is it about Bruce Campbell that excites you? Why does he have such a hardcore following? I'm not saying it's *WRONG*, I just don't see the potential myself.

I'll answer that! (2, Funny)

arcite (661011) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138011)

It's because he is Joe Everyman, whom we can all identify with... well except for the fact he has a chainsaw for an arm, and uh... a unique ability to piss off the undead, oh and ofcourse his magnetic attraction to the opposite sex. But yea, other than that, he is just like us!

Re:What do you guys/girls see in Bruce Campbell? (3, Funny)

black mariah (654971) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138091)

Simple. Bruce Campbell has a habit of just being a genreral badass in whatever he does. How many other actors do you know of that can fight their own hand, and make it look REAL? :D

Re:What do you guys/girls see in Bruce Campbell? (1)

KozmoStevnNaut (630146) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138144)

He's cool, that's why. Everything he does, he does with style and flair.

He's just... groovy. And cool.

Official Rotten Tomatoes Rating Page (1)

glowurm (518048) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137942)

Official Rotten Tomatoes Rating Page [rottentomatoes.com]

Currently, at time of posting, rated at 84% Fresh with 32 total reviews; of those, 27 fresh and 5 rotten.

All reviews listed for Bubba Ho-Tep [rottentomatoes.com]

I feel so much better after a good bit of whoring.

31 02283 665? (5, Interesting)

MrBlue VT (245806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137952)

When you click on Bruce Campbell's right lens on his sunglasses it gives you the following number: 31 02283 665. What is it supposed to mean?

So, what's the deal with the numbers? (1)

Lally Singh (3427) | more than 10 years ago | (#7137966)

I'll assume it's a puzzle of some sort, but I'm too lazy to work for it.

When you click on Elvis's right lens on the home page, you get a window with the following string:

31 02283 665

Re:So, what's the deal with the numbers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7138142)

It looks like a phone number if you rearrange the spaces.

I haven't called it yet but.. you never know! any other ideas?

Re:So, what's the deal with the numbers? (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138289)

I would guess it's a phone number. 310 is an area code for Los Angeles.

Bubba the big fat and really mean prisoner? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7138080)

name of this movie sounds like this:
"big, fat and really mean prisoner Bubba is about to hump he's Ho called Tep"

Groan, hard being a hipster. (2, Funny)

ejp (18891) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138096)

The movie is selling out at the Angelika in downtown Manhattan. It's so hard being a hipster these days. Number of tattoos spotted on line: 95%, girls pierced through the cheek: 63%. Girls pierced through the cheek and tattooed, more then I can count. Don't come to New York, it's over priced, the women are nuts, and you're herb will cost you 3X what you would pay at home.

She:
"So hey, wanna hang out, do a hit or 2, and then get crazy?"

Me:
"NO, PHP 5.0 is coming out, I gotta hack.".

The problems you have as a single guy living in New York. It's nuts here. :-)

Don Coscarelli - Phantasm (2, Interesting)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138268)

For those who don't know or are too young to know, Don Coscarelli is the man behind the Phantasm movies which are sadly lacking in DVD distribution (only the first and the fourth are out on disc). Phantasm is the story of the Tall Man who takes dead people, turns them into jawas and sends them to another dimension to work as slaves, he also has a flying silver ball that hunts down and then drills into his enemies' heads.

Like all horror movies, there is no universal praise for the Phantasm movies. But they do tend rank up near the top of a lot of people's lists, including mine. Despite it's age (must be over 20 years now) Phantasm is still a genuinely creepy movie and totally worth seeing, even if all of the innovation has now been copied a thousand times in more recent horror flicks.

Phantasm was AWFUL. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7138501)

The Phantasm series stank like a week-old skunk smashed on the highway. The first was was so-so, and they just got worse. Part 4 was nearly unbearable. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of cult horror flicks and I would really love to see Bubba Ho-Tep, but Phantasm was terrible. Usually B-Grade horror flicks are bad, but they're a good, bearable kind of bad. Phantasm was a crummy slop job of a series, and it made less and less sense as the sequels poured in. If you haven't seen it, don't bother. I would recommend Freddy's Dead, Jack Frost 2 and Slaughter High before I'd recommend the Godawful Phantasm series.

Beastmaster, too (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138521)

Like all horror movies, there is no universal praise for the Phantasm movies.
Probably because only the first one is really any good. The others are sometimes entertaining -- number four excepted -- but hardly classics.

And, lest we forget, he was also the man behind Beastmaster [imdb.com].

Secret Number...a phone number (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7138374)

310-228-3665

Seems to be a phone number.
I lived in LA for a few weeks and that is a Los Angeles area code.

great Bruce Campbell line (4, Funny)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138487)

I saw Bruce Campbell last year at RIT. During his hilarious Q & A session, someone asked him if he ever turned down a role. Without breaking a sweat, he replied "I came here. I obvisouly don't give a shit about anything."

He brought the house down

Congo flop? (1)

Fofer (53153) | more than 10 years ago | (#7138495)

Congo made $81 million in the US alone... I'd hardly categorize it as a flop. I'm not saying the movie didn't suck balls (which it probably did) but Paramount doesn't regret making it.
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