Shiny Shelf

Bubba Ho-Tep

By Stephen Lavington on 15 October 2004

This is a quantum movie: the very act of describing it – whether in a review or to an unaware friend – effects the result. Despite this being the internet – and therefore more open to the unusual – I’ll give it an objective pop.

An inhabitant in an East Texas rest home is alerted by a friend to the supernaturally high levels of unnaturally high fatalities among its residents. Together they set out to track down and resolve the cause of these deaths.

At the same time this is a study of obsolescence. Society at large may discard the elderly into repositories unto death, but where does this leave them as people? Abandoned by family who turn up only to scavenge through their possessions.

On a level, this reads like ‘Kick the Can’, the Steven Spielberg segment of the ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ – a bunch of oldsters given a last shot at youth. However, this film is more honest. Here the rejuvenation is less of the mystical, more of the adrenal – risk and danger rejuvenates the placid oldsters, giving them the gumption to get stuck into one last big adventure before… well the last big adventure.

Like its characters it’s a loveably cranky film somehow given lease of life on the London big screen. And, once again, like its character it deserves better than to be ignored until it goes away. Please, just go and see it or rent it. Don’t ask any more questions.

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