Join us Sunday, October 14th as we welcome legendary genre filmmaker Don Coscarelli to The Frida with a special screening of his 2002 cult classic horror-comedy Bubba Ho-Tep – lovingly restored by the good folks at the American Genre Film Archive!
Turns out the conspiracy theorists were right – ELVIS LIVES! Turns out he’s been in a coma for decades, and after waking up in an East Texas nursing home, an aged and understandably grumpy Elvis Presley (Evil Dead’s Bruce Campbell, in another role he seemed born to play) befriends Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow resident who claims to be President John F. Kennedy – despite the fact that he’s an African-American senior citizen. After residents of their quiet retirement community start dying of dubiously unnatural causes, Elvis and Jack discover that the perpetrator is Bubba Ho-Tep, an Egyptian mummy with murderous intentions. Do the two unlikely allies have what it takes to save the nursing home – and save the world?
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Bubba Ho-Tep on the big screen – and to meet the film’s director, Don Coscarelli, in person! We will have a Q&A with Don Coscarelli after the screening, and he will be selling and signing copies of his new book as well, True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking, in the lobby before and after the show!
“Don Coscarelli still doesn’t know how to make cookie-cutter genre films. Let’s hope he never learns how.” – Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
“This absurdly clever caper is elevated by Bruce Campbell’s pensive Elvis into a moving meditation on the diminutions of age and the vagaries of fame.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Hilarious, a little scary, and strangely poignant. Campbell’s cranky, valiant, sad-sack King is a soulfully funny creation.” – David Ansen, Newsweek
Dir. Don Coscarelli / 92 min. / 2002, USA