Bubba-Ho-Tep might be one of the weirdest little horror comedies ever made, starring Bruce Campbell as a man who claims to be an elderly Elvis (The King playing The King), a black JFK, and a soul sucking mummy dressed like John Wayne. None of it really makes much (or any) sense, but Bubba rises above the sum of its jumbled parts, turning into one of the most absurd and hilarious horror comedies of it’s era.
The original released way back in 2002, leaving fans moaning for a sequel; a sequel they unfortunately aren’t going to get. The culprit? Well, it pains me to say this, but Bruce Campbell.
“I killed it,” Campbell told EW Channel’s Entertainment Weirdly show. “I killed it for me. I told the creators that I didn’t want to dance around it anymore. I feel that the first one was a nice little gem and you don’t have to make a sequel for everything.“
Well damn. It seems like Bruce isn’t against the film getting made, just so long as he isn’t in it.
“Don Coscarelli, god bless him, go make it. You know, get somebody else. They had Ron Perlman at one point. Knock yourself out. I don’t want to stop you from making this, but I don’t want to [do it]. So, that one I’m just going to let go.”
I love Ron Perlman as much as anyone, but has there ever been a sequel with a different cast that didn’t suck? And no, the Friday the 13th films don’t count. Maybe it is best leaving Bubba as a standalone film, but as a big fan I’ve got to ask; what if?