by | Oct 28, 2021 | Films


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Sound Track
3 tracks by Brian Tyler

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Sunday, October 31, 5:00 pm
Proof of vaccination is required for admission

Funny, quirky, over-the-top, pure entertainment.
  is a cult favorite with a unique blend of comedy, horror and drama. One of the most original films to come along in years, it begins with the premise that Elvis did not die at Graceland, but exchanged places with an impersonator and wound up in an east Texas rest home-from-hell. That’s when things get interesting.

Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness) is perfect as the aging King of Rock-n-Roll; his accent, hair, glasses, and trademark karate chops are dead-on. His performance is not just a caricature or impersonation, but a transformation. He IS Elvis.

Ossie Davis (Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, The Hill, The Cardinal, No Way Out) as Jack, is an excellent side-kick as a dignified black man convinced he is JFK. Davis and Campbell develop an on-screen chemistry that recalls Lemmon and Matthau, and the film’s well-developed back story offers a poignant meditation on regret, redemption and friendship, adding genuine drama to the mix.

With a budget of less than $600,000, director-screenwriter-producer Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Beastmaster) called in favors to create effective FX the old-fashioned way, without CGI. The marauding mummy and flying scarab beetle are perfect for the Halloween season – scary, but not gory.  Bob Ivy is the Egyptian mummy in cowboy boots and a black hat using the rest home as a cafeteria and Ella Joyce is the nurse tasked with treating Elvis’s peculiar ailment. Brian Tyler’s twangy rock-n-roll score will have you bopping in your seat.

Thanks to Bubba Ho-Tep’s final confrontation between good and evil, we can set aside the memory of that overweight has-been who died disgracefully in Memphis in ’77 and replace it with an ending that is truly fit for a King.  This is a fun watch, join us!

Access & Parking Note:  Flying Pig Marathon road closures will NOT affect the afternoon screening at the Garfield. Flying Pig Website



Bruce Campbell as ElvisBruce Campbell was born June 22, 1958 (the youngest of 3 brothers) in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a child, Bruce watched “Lost in Space” on TV, and ran around dressed as Zorro. He got the acting bug at age 8; his dad was performing in local community theater. At 14, Bruce got to play the young prince in “The King and I” and even got to sing. He went on to appear in several Community Theater productions, including “South Pacific.”

However, he was also interested in directing, and shot super-8 flicks with a neighborhood pal. Perhaps through fate, he met future director Sam Raimi in a high school drama class in 1975. Soon, along with Sam, and now a bunch of other high school pals, Bruce filmed about 50 super-8 movies.

During the summer of 1976, he was an apprentice in northern Michigan at Traverse City’s Cherry County Playhouse, a summer-stock company. Bruce worked 18-hour days putting up sets, being assistant stage manager, doing errands, etc. No money, but it was a learning experience (it was show biz). He attended Western Michigan University and took theater courses. Bruce became a production assistant for a company that made commercials in Detroit.

In the early part of 1979, with buddy Sam Raimi, he decided to become a pro filmmaker. Armed with a super-8 horror film “Within the Woods” which they showed potential investors, they raised $350,000 to make Evil Dead, which Bruce co-produced and starred in as Ash. Four years later, the completed film became the best-selling video of 1983 in England, and New Line Cinema got it a US release. Around this time, he married his first wife, and they had 2 swell kids. They raised 10 times as much cash for the sequel Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn again co-produced by Bruce and starring him as Ash. He moved to L.A. In 1990, while filming Mindwarp he met his future wife (costume designer Ida Gearon) on the set.

In 1992, he rejoined Sam, and Bruce co-produced and starred as Ash in the 3rd of the Evil Dead trilogy, Army of Darkness for Universal Studios. On TV, Bruce directed many episodes of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” Bruce also acted, as the recurring character Autolycus, the King of Thieves; he portrayed this villain with zest in both “Hercules” and “Xena.” More recently, Bruce starred as the title rogue of “Jack of All Trades.” Everybody loves Jack. And everybody’s heard of him — “There ain’t a French or pirate rogue who don’t know Jack!” Written by: K.D. Haisch



Ossie DavisOssie Davis was a physically imposing, passionate black actor of stage and screen, also known for his writing and directing ability. Although he was a college graduate, Davis labored in many menial jobs and served in the Army during World War II before making his Broadway debut in 1946. He first appeared on-screen in No Way Out (1950), supporting Sidney Poitier (also making his film debut) and appearing with Ruby Dee, who became his wife. It was another 13 years before Davis reached the screen again, then in Gone Are the Days (1963), an adaptation of his own play “Purlie Victorious.”

He acted in The Cardinal (1963), Shock Treatment (1964), The Hill (1965), A Man Called Adam (1966), The Scalp Hunters (1968), Sam Whiskey and Slaves (both 1969) before directing of Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970, which he co-wrote), a fast-moving crime drama about two unorthodox black cops. Davis has also directed Black Girl (1972), Gordon’s War (1973), and Countdown at Kusini (1976).

BUBBA HO-TEP was Ossie’s last major film. Before his passing, he had a particularly fruitful association with filmmaker Spike Lee, appearing in School Daze (1988), Do The Right Thing (1989), and Jungle Fever (1991). In Lee’s Malcolm X (1992) he read the eulogy he’d delivered in real life at the black leader’s funeral, which he also read on the soundtrack of the 1972 documentary Malcolm X.



Don CoscarelliDon Coscarelli was born in Tripoli in North Africa, and raised in Southern California. He was interested in the cinema from a young age and together with his friends made several low budget movies that aired on community TV stations to very positive feedback.

After a low key start with his first feature film embracing the trials of a young teenager caught in a world of alcoholic abuse, Jim, the World’s Greatest (1975), Coscarelli followed up with a lighter comedic tale about another youngster and his view of the world as an impressionable 12 year old in Kenny & Company (1976).

Coscarelli hit the big time with the release of the highly inventive fright thriller Phantasm (1979). Once again, a young boy is at the center of a spine-chilling story about a creepy funeral home, a sinister Tall Man (wonderful acting by Coscarelli’s long time buddy Angus Scrimm), disappearing corpses, malignant dwarfs and a gateway into a hellish, other world dimension. Shot on a very modest budget, Phantasm was highly praised by horror fans worldwide, and has since spawned three sequels. First was Phantasm II (1988), followed by Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), and the third sequel, Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998).

Apart from the “Phantasm” series, Coscarelli also wrote and directed the well received sword and sorcery film The Beastmaster (1982) starring athletic Marc Singer and the eye-catching Tanya Roberts being pursued by villainous high priest Rip Torn.

In 2002, Coscarelli cast horror & fantasy film screen hero Bruce Campbell in the highly off-beat Bubba Ho-Tep that depicts Elvis and John F. Kennedy hiding out in a Texas rest home where the residents are being attacked by a 3,000 year old mummy trying to bring itself back to life!  A strange script it may sound, but indie and horror film fans loved the unusual premise and quirky humor, and the film was a big hit at several film festivals and has spawned a further cult following for Coscarelli and Campbell.

Coscarelli, similar to gifted fantasy directors such as Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and George A. Romero has carved himself a true cult niche in modern horror film history, and his loyal fans eagerly await his next project.
Bio from IMDB, edited for length and clarity.


Jim, the World’s Greatest (1975)
Kenny & Company (1976)
Phantasm (1979)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Phantasm II (1988)
Survival Quest (1988)
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)
Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
John Dies at the End (2012)





Winner, Best Screenplay: US Comedy Arts Film Festival

Winner, Best Actor: US Comedy Arts Film Festival

Winner, Best Screenplay: Bram Stoker Awards

Winner, Prix Publique Audience Award, Best International Film: Montreal Fantasia Film Festival

Official Film Festival Selection:

  • The Toronto International Film Festival,
  • South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival,
  • San Francisco Independent Film Festival,
  • Brussels International Film Festival,
  • Florida International Film Festival,
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival.


“What Don Coscarelli has made is a film that doesn’t fit into the Hollywood cookie cutter standard. He’s made a truly entertaining, funny, dark film that wasn’t produced by a Fortune Five Hundred company.”
         – Gary Schultz, Film Monthly

“It’s simultaneously hilarious and poignant, with great performances.”
         -Pete Von der Haar, Film Threat

“One of the most cool and tantalizingly bizarre flicks this year … this movie isn’t afraid to try anything.”
         – James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Bruce Campbell as Elvis

“Wicked, Observant and Truthful!”
         -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“One of the best films of the year.”
         Timotei Centea,

“Mind-blowing in its originality, Bubba Ho-tep transcends the “late-night cult” genre by virtue of captivating performances by Campbell and Davis, and the assured direction of Don Coscarelli. Coscarelli handles the bizarre material with such precision that you actually believe that Elvis and JFK are alive and not quite well. He treats the characters, and old age for that matter, with such respect that no matter how absurd things become, you are completely with him. Bubba Ho-tep, with its cinematic flash and terrifically offbeat humor, is a fantastic story of redemption, courage and friendship.”
         – CineVegas International Film Festival

“Bruce Campbell is flat-out great!”
         -Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly

“I haven’t seen anything funnier in a long time!”
         -Mark Rahner, Seattle Times

“A bittersweet meditation on aging and facing one’s mortality.”
         – Kevin LaForest, Montreal Film Journal


Safety Protocol Update:

Proof of vaccination is REQUIRED and you will need to show your Vax card (hard copy or phone photo) for admission.  See complete details on the CWC Policies Page.


“BUBBA HO-TEP” A 92-minute comedy/drama/horror-spoof. This film is rated (R), language.

THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.  Google Map     Garfield Parking Options

☀ Sunday, October 31, 2021, 5:00 pm.

In-theatre tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (if not sold out in advance). All tickets are available online via the Tix Button, and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

The Garfield is ADA accessible. ADA details and Covid-19 safety information can be found on the CWC Policies Page.

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Purchaser declares that they will not attend unless in good health on the day of the event. Further, purchaser understands it is impossible to guarantee that they will not be exposed to Covid-19 and will attend at their own risk.

Across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

CWC patrons will receive a 15% discount on their order, excluding alcohol; menu is on the website. Reservations are requested by B&B management. You should present your online confirmation or ticket from the event, and let your server know if there are time constraints. The discount is valid only for the date of ticket.

B&B HOURS: MON-TUE, closed; WED-THS, 4-10 pm; FRI-SAT, 4-12 am; SUN, 4-10 pm. The kitchen closes one hour before the restaurant, every night. Hours and menu subject to change – check the website before booking. RESERVATIONS: 513-954-8974 or



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