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Bruce Campbell Hammers Final Nail into ‘Bubba Ho-Tep 2’ Coffin

You already knew this. But now you can’t even pretend it’s not true anymore.

If you’re asking me, Bruce Campbell‘s finest acting work to date can be found in Bubba Ho-Tep, Don Coscarelli’s wacky Joe Lansdale adaptation that saw Campbell play an Elvis impersonator (or is he Elvis himself…?) in his final days at a nursing home.

Coscarelli has been trying to get prequel Bubba Nosferatu off the ground for many years now, but one of the major hangups is that Campbell isn’t interested in reprising his role.

And without Campbell, well, maybe there’s just no point in doing it.

Will Campbell ever change his mind? No, he just told EW, definitely not.

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.

He added, “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.”



  • Bryano

    Good for Bruce. I agree, let it go.

    Also, everyone who liked the movie should read The Drive-in by Joe Lansdale (or basically everything he’s written). He’s such a terrific author and Bubba was a very faithful adaptation.

    • The drive-in trilogy was amazing, the third one was the one i liked the least but still was awesome

      • Bryano

        It sort of ran out of steam, but the first two were great. His short stories are pretty fun too usually.

    • MODOK

      Agreed. It was a fun, quirky little movie that doesn’t need to be a franchise.

      Plus, all the focus on Bruce completely neglects the other actor who made that movie worth watching: the late, great Ossie Davis as JFK. I don’t know if I’d want to watch Bruce’s Elvis on his own, or paired with some other possibly imagined historical figure.

      • Justin McGill

        I don’t know though.. I was kind of excited by Paul Giamatti as Col. Tom Parker. Sadly I think time has moved on.. but at one time I would have been very excited for this one. As it stands it’s a great and truly unique one shot.

    • Elizabeth

      Hah. The Drive-In books are quite a bit different from his more mainstream stuff. Definitely gonzo/grindhouse.

      • Bryano

        Joe is all over the place stylistically no matter what. Which is one of my favorite things about him.

  • Creepshow

    C’mon mang. We all know he’s the real “King”.

  • The worst part about this is that Don Coscarelli is getting the shaft once again. For some unfathomable reason, he just hasn’t gotten a big break outside of Phantasm. But he should still make this. I love Bruce Campbell but I’d see the next one without him.

    • Saturn

      I dunno, Beastmaster and John Dies At The End have a fanbase.
      Will he ever join the A list of big name director’s? Probably not – but his movies have been pretty good mostly.

  • Necro


  • “you don’t have to make a sequel for everything.“ Amen to that.

  • Cain Horton

    Good for Bruce! I respect the hell out of that man, he’s made me laugh ever since I first saw Evil Dead and I haven’t stopped since.

    But he’s right, Don should forge on if he really wants to make a prequel. I also respect Don wanting Bruce to come back, but if he says no than you either let it go or try to make it something just as grand.

  • Edgar Pinecone

    I feel bad for Coscarelli, but I agree with Campbell on this one.

  • Saturn

    Whether or not he’d do it is a different matter, but how about Kurt Russell reprising the role of The King?
    I’d assume that he’d have fun with the role.

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