Product Promotion Network

Baby

Hail to the King, Baby! — A Review of Scream Factory’s ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ Blu-ray Release!

Posted on20 January 2017.

Available now from Scream Factory! On August 16th, 1977, at 3:30 pm, Elvis Aaron Presley was pronounced dead. The long time “King of Rock n Roll” had succumb to a heart attack most likely brought on by years of drug abuse.

This is the story we’ve all heard, and the one that most believe to this day. But what if this wasn’t the case? What if Elvis was still out there, old and decrepit, but still alive; living out his days in a Texas nursing home?

Add teaming up with an African American JFK and fighting a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy to that story and you’ve got the premise for Bubba Ho-tep[1], Don Coscarelli’s 2002 cult classic based on the Joe R. Lansdale novella of the same name. Boy…….it’s honestly not as batshit crazy as you’d imagine and is quite clever, and of course, as you can see from the title, it got the Scream Factory[2] treatment.

Let’s take a look! Bruce Campbell, doing the greatest Elvis impersonation I’ve ever seen, plays the “King”, however the staff refer to him as Sebastian Haff. Presley explains that he switched places with Haff, an Elvis impersonator, in the early 70’s in hopes to escape the tiring demands of fame.

Whether this story is true or not is never confirmed but in a film like this it honestly doesn’t matter. Presley has only one friend, an elderly black man named Jack (Ossie Davis) who claims he is JFK, died black after the infamous assassination attempt. These two unlikely heroes team up to take down a mummy stolen from a nearby museum.

This movie sounds like random for randomness sake but it’s actually a brilliant film with a ton of heart. It deals with the fear of growing old and your best years being behind you. Throughout the film our main characters come to term with their own mortality and approach it in different ways.

The main cast is phenomenal. Davis truly makes you believe he is an African American John F Kennedy, which looks ridiculous typing out. Bruce Campbell doesn’t have to try that hard as I believe he is the reincarnation of Elvis Presley, even if he was born 19 years prior to his death.

Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis in Don Coscarelli’s ‘Bubba Hotep.’

As with most Scream Factory releases, this is the essential pick up for any fan of the film. Scream gives us a new commentary with author Joe R. Lansdale and new interviews with Coscarelli, Campbell, and makeup effects supervisor, Robert Kurtzman.

Along with these new features we also get everything from past releases, including commentaries by Coscarelli/Campbell and “the King”, multiple featurettes, music videos, and a reading of the original tale by Lansdale himself. If you’ve seen any of Coscarelli’s work (Phantasm, John Dies at the End) you’ll know the ridiculousness involved. That being said, there is a true message behind this film that I believe everyone faces at some point in their life.

If you’re a fan of Bruce Campbell, Elvis, or just good films in general, I would recommend giving Bubba Ho-Tep a watch. Like most of their releases, Scream Factory[3] is the way to go. About The Writer:
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books.

Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast.

You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles[4]
[embedded content]

Related Posts

Share this:

Comments

comments

Tags: , , , , , , , , , [5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

References

  1. ^ Bubba Ho-tep (www.shoutfactory.com)
  2. ^ Scream Factory (www.shoutfactory.com)
  3. ^ Scream Factory (www.shoutfactory.com)
  4. ^ @thedylanlyles (www.twitter.com)
  5. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  6. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  7. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  8. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  9. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  10. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  11. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  12. ^

    (www.iconvsicon.com)

  13. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)
  14. ^ (www.iconvsicon.com)

Suicide Squad review: ‘I’ve seen more bad-ass bad guys in Toy Story’

Suicide Squad was marketed as a real bad-ass movie – a sort of updated version of the 1967 war film The Dirty Dozen where Lee Marvin puts together the toughest and most dangerous group of villains to go on a suicide mission. But rather than assassinating a group of top Nazi officers, the Suicide Squad are put together by government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis, The Help) to defend the earth from any intergalactic threat, therefore taking the place of a missing Superman. The potential deadly team are let out of their maximum security prison and promised a reduced sentence for agreeing to work for the government.

Waller gives the job of babysitter to America s top soldier, Colonel Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman the new Robocop), who keeps the squad in line and has a bodyguard of his own in samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara). For each squad member we get a backstory: Deadshot (Will Smith), the world s most highly paid assassin who never misses his target; Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who was The Joker s (Jared Leto) psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum until she fell in love with him and went unhinged; Captain Boomerang, (Jai Courtney) an Australian bank robber; Diablo (Jay Hernandez), a repentant human torch with a tattooed face and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a scaly thing . There is also a witch called The Enchantress who inhabits the body of a certain Dr June Moone (both played by English former model Cara Delevingne). Dr Moone is also the girlfriend of Rick Flag. The Enchantress is controlled by Agent Amanda Waller who keeps the witch s heart in a box.

Somehow the Enchantress is let loose and fires the essence of her brother into an unsuspecting human turning him into an Egyptian looking giant God shooting lava like fire strands into the city. This is the chance to set the Suicide Squad on their first and maybe last mission. Now we get to see the Suicide Squad in action.

But unfortunately it s all very much style over substance. That s to say it looks very good but the action is reduced to some long shoot em up sequences which become tedious. The Joker is crowbarred into the movie and has nothing to do with the Suicide Squad except for the fact that he has a perverse love affair with Harley Quinn. He is not featured nearly enough as the trailers would lead you to believe.

Also Jared Leto had much to live up to, following Jack Nicholson and of course Heath Ledger. Leto s version is more crazy unpredictable sociopath with no proper game plan. Oh, and look out for a couple of super hero cameos. In 3D, only the brilliant opening and closing credit effects came out at me through the screen.

Most characters were expendable, with the exception of Will Smith s Deadshot. Will Smith always plays Will Smith but that s why we love him and he never disappoints.

Suicide Squad Review: 'I've Seen More Bad-ass Bad Guys In Toy Story'

Suicide Squad Review: 'I've Seen More Bad-ass Bad Guys In Toy Story'

Fido’s next toys on display at SuperZoo pet products show

When the family pet is less of a pet and more of a family member, you want to do something nice once in a while. Like treat the furred, feathered, finned, scaly or hard-shelled dude to some high-quality, organic food or a new chew toy, or offer a hand when an aging pet must climb the stairs or take a walk. Or, even, just share a laugh this presidential campaign by breaking out dog poop bags emblazoned with a caricature of your least favorite candidate.

Last week s SuperZoo pet products show at Mandalay Bay offered a glimpse at the ways that Americans soon might be pampering their no-, two-, four- or, why not, eight-legged family members. The trade show matches manufacturers and wholesalers of pet products with retailers, and Doug Poindexter, president of the World Pet Association, the show s producer, says consumers probably will see products at the show beginning to appear on retailers shelves during the next several months. And what consumers will see includes an expanding menu of organic and healthy pet foods, from such oddities as freeze-dried raw goat s milk to snacks and treats made with blueberries and other so-called super foods.

The natural products section of our show has grown every year for the last 10 years, Poindexter says.

So has Rodeo Drive, the show s high-end section, where never-ending variations on a clothing-and-accessories theme for example, blingy dog collars, dog clothing and human jewelry featuring canine-centric themes have remained, Poindexter says, popular even during more recessionary years. The reality is that pet products is a fairly recession-proof industry in that if people can t take a trip to Europe and stay home, they ll go out and buy a dog toy or get him a new leash and feel good about themselves, Poindexter says. They don t stop spending on their pets.

What drives this in so many ways is that these are now their kids, and if they get to feed themselves better, they feed their pets better, and if they spoil their kids, they spoil their pets. Another related trend that marketers are noticing and accommodating: Pets are living longer because we re taking care of them better, Poindexter says. I mean, it used to be when the barn cat or barn dog got old, it got old and you got a new cat or dog.

Today, pet owners don t blanch at spending thousands of dollars to take care of our aging and ailing pets, and that reality could be seen in the impressive array of products for instance, a shampoo for senior dogs that contains a muscle-strengthening preparation designed to help pets stay healthy and assist senior animals mobility. Denver-based GingerLead was demonstrating a harness that an owner can use to support an aging or recuperating dog during walks. Co-founder Barry Rubinstein says the product stems from the experience he and his wife had with their own dog, Ginger, a golden retriever that had hip surgery at six months. The padded sling-and-leash device was first marketed to the veterinary market and, over the past several years, has been marketed to dog owners, too. By allowing aging or arthritic dogs to continue taking walks, their physical health is improved and the dogs benefit from the social interaction walks provide, Rubinstein says.

Rubinstein adds that some customers have said that, after using a harness for a while, they don t need it anymore because the dog is actually strong enough. Also marketing in a mobility theme was Solvit Products of Arlington, Texas, which offers an array of ramps, stairs, trailers and strollers designed to assist dogs that don t get around as easily as they used to. Such aids are necessary because owners today routinely spend thousands of dollars on surgeries and health-related expenses for dogs, notes Patrick Hoffman, the company s general manager.

Fans of cats, fish, birds, turtles and other pets were represented, too. Even fans of aquatic invertebrates, via Jellyfish Art of Coconut Creek, Florida, which was offering a jellyfish aquarium kit that includes a live Moon Jellyfish. The most striking version of the product which ranges in price from ?330 to ?399 at www.jellyfishart.com1 is a cylindrical aquarium fitted with colored lights in its base. Purchasers prepare the aquarium at home, then redeem a code at the company website for their jellyfish.

We aquaculture these jellyfish in South Florida, says Joleen Turner, the company s CFO. The jellyfish have a lifespan of about one year and replacement jellyfish can be ordered from the company website. They eat prepared food or baby brine shrimp and actually are a resilient pet, she says. By the way: Those lights in the base? The newly minted jellyfish owner can use them to create a colored tube reminiscent of a Lava Lamp, but with a live jellyfish floating around instead of those globs of whatever-that-other-stuff-is.

Metro Paws of Los Angeles offered the most topical item at the show with its Smear Campaign collection of presidential dog waste bags bearing caricatures of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The bags which were on sale at the show for ?10 per 80-bag package come with an abundance of poo-related puns in both Democrap and Repooplican editions. Ashley Wong, Metro Paws integrated marketing and communications coordinator, says the bags are biodegradable and made in North America. The company even is keeping track of whose bags are more popular on its website (www.metropaws.com2) and Wong says that, as of last week, Trump bags were accounting for about 60 percent of sales.

Meanwhile, first-time exhibitor Pet Perennials of Pittsburgh offered pet owners a way to process the sad reality each will face by offering kits designed to remember a departed pet. The company s Pet Perennials Kit contains a soil matrix that can be incorporated with a pet s cremains to create seed wafers that then can be planted to produce perennial wildflowers. Founder Remy Bibaud says the product was created in 2014 after the death of her own pet. When she received the cremains of her dog in a box, I thought, Is that it for this lovely life I had?

The flowers will thrive anywhere in North America, Bibaud says, and those who don t have their pets cremated can still do it as a healing activity.

Read more from John Przybys at reviewjournal.com. Contact him at

1 2 3 33
Categories