Written & Directed by Don Coscarelli
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
If that synopsis isn’t already a deal-breaker for you, there’s hope you might find this classic B Movie to be more of an A+ Movie. It’s just like it sounds: Elvis is convalescing at a Texas nursing home after trading identities with an Elvis impersonator. Sick of the fame, money, and responsibility, The King now finds himself in a rut…and with a strange, pus-filled growth on his wang. His roomies die, his nurse gives him a hard time, and the peanut butter and banana sandwiches are few and far between. Elvis just happens to share his facility with the real JFK. He didn’t meet his maker at the Texas Book Depository or grassy knoll – he alive and black – a deep-level coverup from the fine folks in the US Government. Oh, and they’re also learning about a mummy on the loose, as they plan to dispatch it.
Elvis and JFK
The film obviously runs a fine line between ridiculous and transcendent, your perspective will judge the rest. I loved it. Bruce Campbell is fantastic as the boner-challenged aging megastar not content to fade away in obscurity…or have his soul sucked out by a nefarious mummy that happens to find its way to the nursing home. The film is surprisingly well made. The direction is subdued and flows as the film requires – which is a big deal based on the volume of horror movies I review. Horror directors are famously over-the-top for even the mundane. The characters, dialogue, and eventual monster are a genuine offering regardless of your appreciation. This flick is 11 years old and we need more like it.