Sunday, 24 February 2013

Bubba Ho-Tep by Joe R. Lansdale Review

Written By Joe R. Lansdale

Genre
Horror, Comedy

Synopsis

Stuck in a Texan retirement home, Elvis and a black JFK are confounded by a redneck mummy, who has been using the home as his own personal dining cart.

Stalking the corridors to suck the souls from the inhabitants, the mummy feeds every night but can Elvis and JFK stop him before they lose their souls too?

Review

I'm a massive fan of the movie starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis and have seen it countless times yet for some reason I didn't realise that it was based on a short story by the multi-award winning author Joe R. Lansdale.

Thanks to a recommendation from the author, Sharon Stevenson, I bought the story on my E-Reader and sat down to read it.  Would it be as good as the classic Bruce Campbell movie?

Most definitely.  The movie was based on this story and after reading this, it's amazing just how faithful to the story the movie was.  This fast paced story moves along at an absolutely cracking pace, packing a hell of a lot of action and laughs in to it's short length.  However that's not all.  The story itself manages to make you really care about the characters.  The fact that Lansdale can take this grumpy and foul mouthed old man and turn him both in to not only a sympathetic character but also in to a hero is a show of just how good a writer he truly is.

At the end of the story is an excerpt from another one of Lansdale's novels called 'Dead in the West' and I have to admit that it sounds very good so I will be getting that one next.

I have to admit that because of watching the movie before reading this, I couldn't help but imagine the scenes I was reading using the actors from the movie.

Considering you can get this story for next to nothing in E-Reader format then I honestly can't see any reason for not getting this funny and well paced horror comedy.

Story 4/5
Characters 4/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 12/15

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