Sunday, December 31, 2006

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Once in a while a film comes along where the one-line description just makes you want to declare it a work of genius. Snakes on a Plane pretty much wrapped that up in the title. Bubba Ho-Tep is in the same realm. Here's the one liner for Bubba Ho-Tep:

"Elvis and JFK battle an undead Egyptian mummy in a Texas rest home."

That's all you need to know. Either that movie sounds like genius to you or it doesn't. I happen to be one of the people who thinks that sounds like genius.

The end result is a mostly great movie. It's definitely a cult classic, and of course casting Bruce Campbell as Elvis didn't hurt its chances for that. I think the middle drags a little bit. I might have enjoyed the JFK aspect more if the actor playing JFK had had a Kennedyesque accent (think Mayor Quimby). All around though, the movie is a good entry into the Horror-Comedy genre (Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, Lost Boys, etc). The first 20 minutes are especially funny.

Rating: Great/Bad movie. I saw it on Comcast's channel, but I'll be buying the DVD shortly.

Friday, December 22, 2006

I've never taken Julian Sands seriously after "Warlock"

Even when he was in the TV show 24, it was hard to take him seriously because I kept thinking of the 1989 classic "Warlock".