This week on Cult Sci-Fi we've got big news surrounding one of the most fantastic indie flicks staring Elvis, Bubba Ho-Tep. Bruce Campbell's deranged fight as an aged Elvis against a mummy that is haunting the halls of his old folks home is by far and away one of the strangest and most enjoyable little monster fights I've seen, and my delight was raised when the rumor that there would be yet another Bubba movie, Bubba Nosferatu, began to circulate. But as the years went by, the vampire 60s/70s Elvis flick was long since forgotten — until Paul Giamatti decided to bring the Elvis tale back from the grave. Plus more trailers and flicks to enjoy.Even though the original Ho-Tep writer Don Coscarelli was connected to Bubba Nosferatu, Bruce Campbell's decision to pass on the idea seemed to doom this picture to development purgatory. But this week, Ain't It Cool News brings us news from Paul Giamatti that hope is not lost. And it sounds like instead of doing a story about an Elvis impersonator, they are thinking about doing a fake story about an actual "lost" Elvis movie.
I don’t want to give too much of it away! So yeah I’ll be playing Col. Parker, who… You know part of the great thing about this is not only are these wonderful genre movies, but he’s actually taking a weird, interesting take on the whole Elvis myth and kind of investigating the whole Elvis myth in a really interesting way, so it’s got a lot of stuff about Col. Parker being responsible for a lot of what happened to Elvis and kind of literally making him a vampire in some ways, you know? A kind of a blood sucker… It plays on a lot of things, this movie, in a great way and it’s got Sitting Bull in it and there’s a peyote trip in it that is amazing and it’s just a big leap beyond the other movie. It’s ten times more insane and bizarre and it’s great and hilarious, too. It’s funnier than the other one is even. It still ends up being this great character study of this Elvis guy.
But more importantly tam all of this is the news that Ron Perlman is being vetted for the role of Elvis:
And his movies are amazing. They are totally unique, you know? So then he asked me if I was interested in doing this one and I was just like “You have got to be kidding me. Yeah, absolutely!” I said, “I have a little production company and we can help you guys do this” and he brought me in onboard and now we have got Ron Perlman interested in playing Elvis.
Now, I know that Campbell played the aged Elvis impersonator, but I'm not entirely sold that Perlman can pull off The King. I wish they would just approach Campbell again to play Elvis as he did such an amazing job last time, and it would be pretty hard to top. Perlman is great and all, but I dunno - Is there really an actor out there that can fill the shoes of Campbell? His chin alone would take at least 4 actors. I mean, Perlman can deliver playful lines as Hellboy, but does he have the snide and charisma of Campbell? Does anyone? I put it to you dear readers: Who do you think can top Bruce? Sadly though it sounds like Giamatti and friends did everything they could to get Campbell involved and he just wasn't interested. Sad. Bubba Ho-Tep Trailer:
Erasure Children: But not to leave you trailer free, we've got word of a crazy new low budget called Eraser Children, and just the name sounds like a total trip. The movie takes place in the future where Misner Corporation runs the land and will fine you for any violation they see fit (even if you laugh too loud). In this dystopia, you can buy your dreams... but you may be subjected to a few police beatings. Check out the trailer below, and for more information check out the official Erasure Children site. [AICN and Quiet Earth]