I see that no one has responded to my "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire" review. You may not respond to this one, either, but both are wonderful. Imagine, if you will, that Elvis Presley is alive and living in a rest home in East Texas. (It is explained why Elvis is still alive and why we don't know about it). Elvis is, of course, played by Bruce Campbell, who does a brilliant job. Next, imagine that Elvis's best friend in the rest home is ex president John Fitzgerald Kennedy, played brilliantly by Ossie Davis. (It is also explained why Kennedy is where he is and why he is now Black.) Now, the rest home is being attacked by a soul sucking mummy wearing cowboy boots and a ten gallon hat. Sound ridiculous? Well, it is and it isn't. Along the way, Coscarelli, the same fellow who gave us the Phantasm series, also makes very pointed statements on heroism, self pity, sex and most important, how old folks are routinely treated. If you don't cry over what Elvis's roommates daughter does after her father dies, you aren't human.
Many of the same people who are in Phantasm are also in this film. Reggie is not the rest home administrator. The lovely blonde who was Reggie's "lust" interest in Phantasm 4 plays the daughter of Elvis's roommate. The acting is excellent, the writing is absolutely brilliant and I have watched this film probably 25 times. Can you tell that I love this one? Please see it if you can.
***1/2 out of **** The charm of a Don Coscarelli film is the way in which he treats his characters and the sparks that fly between them. Seldom does he mean to do this in a romantic sense, but I've always enjoyed his movies for their honest portrayals of friendship and human relationships. I'd have to say that one of his newer films, "Bubba Ho-Tep", is easily his most accomplished work since his breakthrough feature, "Phantasm", in terms of the overall character development … more
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