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Reports and Pics from Bruce Campbell's BUBBA-HO-TEP

Like any red-blooded American male, when I heard there was a new Don Coscarelli movie about Elvis and JFK taking on the mummy Bubba Ho-Tep, who's sucking the life out of nursing home inhabitants, I had to check it out! Throw in Bruce Campbell as the jumpsuited crooner, and you've got a winner in my book.

So, my girl Badtz McRu and myself headed down to Downey to extra in a flashback sequence- Elvis, as an Elvis impersonater, at a crummy little concert- looked like a fair or carnival concert, I'd guess.

Unfortunately, they weren't shooting any "action" sequences this particular day, they'd already gotten footage of a trailer park being blown up earlier. ;) On the bright side, we'd be witnessing Bruce in FULL Elvis glory- dancing, singing, handing out scarves to the 70s-looking ladies up front. Badtz was right behind the scarf-girls, but as they were (all but one) members of the cast and crew, she was shut out. Oh, the pain.

More importantly, Bruce tried to liven our sour mood as the night got closer to 1:00am, cracking jokes on the town of Downey, answering minor queries about "Briscoe County" and "Xena"... (His reply to a "Briscoe" question: "Keep watching!") In addition, he was in heavy make-up, and he looked the part of a 70's Elvis pretty well. The music quality wasn't great, it was cold, but Bruce as Elvis was enough. Apparently they're shooting stunts involving elderly women getting attacked by scarabs today.

Side note about Downey, CA- what is the deal with this town? Every building in the area we shot in was boarded up- looked like "Escape from New York" without the piss and vomit. The cops kept swinging by and watching the shooting- made no sense, what with the lack of donuts and all. Oh, and there was the most magnificent tree in the middle of the area we shot- it's a pity it won't be in the film, anyone who was there can attest to the tremendous size and grandeur of this tree- its roots had roots. ;) Unfortunately, they'll probably tear it down with the rest of the decrepit old buildings.

Anyhow, word was shooting is nearly complete, and they claim they're getting a theatrical release... no matter how cheesy some folks may think Don and Bruce can be- who in their right mind would rather see "Freddie Got Fingered"?

That's all from TomServo...

and then THE sent a report and a pair'a'pics....









Hey AICN crew, how's it going? I'd just like to thank you for posting the open call for extras for Bubba Ho-Tep. I was one of the lucky few who got to go and spend the evening with Bruce Campbell and Don Coscarelli Jr. (The director of Bubba Ho-Tep).

We were filming an outdoor scene that takes place in early 1970's Texas at a country fair. Bruce Campbell plays Elvis who one day gets tired of being Elvis and so switches place with an Elvis Impersonator. It is the Evils Impersonator who died in 1977. This scene is a flash back to Elvis pretending to be an Elvis Impersonator at the country fair who is in turn impersonating Elvis. So basically you've got us extras acting as the crowd, and you've got Bruce Campbell on stage pretending to be Elvis who is in turn pretending to be an Elvis Impersonator who is pretending to be Elvis. A little confusing, no? Filming took place from a little after 8PM to past 3AM.

Bruce was wearing a wig, fake sidburns, a fake chin(!), fake nose, and tons of pancake. They also filmed a couple of quick shots that take place in 1965, and were going to do a stunt take with Elvis falling off the stage. I didn't stick around that long, however I never saw a stunt double anywhere, so I'm assuming it would be Bruce doing his own stunt.

I took a couple of photos on my el-cheapo digital camera. I had to have the flash turned off, so most of them turned out under lit and blurred. I hope you can use them.

If you can use the photos, call me The. That's right, just plain The.







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  • April 30, 2001, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Check that ass in the first pic!

    by dastickboy

    And I don't mean the guy on stage.

  • April 30, 2001, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Aw come on, man...

    by Toranaga

    I think there's a little difference between Elvis impersinators robbing Vegas, and an old Elvis(along with a man who thinks he's JFK) in a retirement home being hunted by the mummy Bubba Ho-Tep. The mummy who sucks the souls from the elderly's anus. Now, you have to be completely void of a sense of humor to not find that even mildly amusing.

  • April 30, 2001, 6:50 a.m. CST

    beyond cool

    by yt

    Thanks for posting these shots. This is definitely the movie I'm most jonesing for in 02.

  • April 30, 2001, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Wow, you're right, Dasstickboy...

    by Knight says"Ni"

    I didn't know Jennifer Lopez was in this too!

  • April 30, 2001, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Hail to the King

    by simian

    You know, some more info about how many people showed up would have been nice...Bruce as the King- you just cant go wrong there, and if Coscerelli can keep the tone and spirit of Lansdale's Story, this could be a neat movie. No doubt, these two need to get Phantasm 5 on track. God knows, we wont see another Evil Dead film, so Bruce in Phantasm would be a good thing...and then Romero could cast him in Twilight of the Dead...Peter Jackson could for Bad Taste 2, and it could go on and on.

  • April 30, 2001, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Anyone know where I can score an Ash action figure online?

    by Knight says"Ni"

    I can't find the damn thing anywhere around town and Amazon is sold out of 'em

  • April 30, 2001, 10:59 a.m. CST

    How can this movie not be good?

    by RAVAGE

    For some reason this film sounds like a blast. I'm still trying to find a copy of Mummy Daddy from Amazing Stories that was the funniest 30 min of T.V. period. To the person looking for a Ash figure, go to Spawn.com and ask them to e-mail you where to find one.Ravage out Groovy

  • April 30, 2001, 2:59 p.m. CST

    freddy got fingered

    by FPWorm

    i wish everyone would get the fuck off this movies back - it was alot of fun. it's a comedy, who cares if the story sucks as long as you get to laugh your ass off. and if you didnt laugh your ass off, then your head was stuck up your damned piss-slit.

  • April 30, 2001, 4:54 p.m. CST

    "Ees Num Be Prased!"

    by Nocturnaloner

    On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert, with Dead Folks was definitely one of the highlights of The Book of the Dead. Oh yeah, I hear that Andrew Vachss guy ain't bad either.

  • April 30, 2001, 4:55 p.m. CST

    That's my ass...

    by Psyberia

    and I'd appreciate it if you'd stop staring at it. Get your own.

  • April 30, 2001, 5:37 p.m. CST

    If memory serves me right...

    by Chen_San!

    I would bet my big ass cleaver that the ass is Rose McGowan's. Look at the hair too! Height is just right, it has to be her!

  • April 30, 2001, 6:04 p.m. CST

    it's not psyberia's ass

    by cousinit

    I can't believe it...some ass claiming my ass. That ass is mine. Claiming someone elses ass as your own. SHAME on you..you were probably sitting on yours while mine was freezing

  • May 1, 2001, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Cant wait for this movie

    by Phantasm4evr

    Bruce looks awesome as Elvis. Will be first in line for this movie!

  • May 1, 2001, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Cant wait for this movie

    by Phantasm4evr

    Bruce looks awesome as Elvis. Will be first in line for this movie!

  • May 2, 2001, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Bubba Ho-tep looks cool

    by Smart Mark

    I think that Bruce in this role will be awesome. Lansdale rocks. Can't waitfor this 1

  • June 22, 2001, 11 a.m. CST

    What was the Brisco Question?

    by BushMan

    What was the question about Brisco that Bruce responded "Keep Watching" to?

  • Nov. 27, 2001, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Oooh bebeh, the king as the king!

    by BOOMScHTIK

    Heh bebeh, come to papa. I think this movie's gonna rock. Phantasm's were excellent, so we know the director is more than capable. And it has Bruce in it, which means: schweeeeeeet!