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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 30 September 1988 (USA)
Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle who wants her burned at the stake.

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Phil Rubenstein ...
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Elvira (as Elvira)
Damita Jo Freeman ...
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Edwina Moore ...
Mario Celario ...
Lee McLaughlin ...
Bill Swearingen ...
Charles Woolf ...
Bill Dance ...
Messenger (as William Dance)
William Cort ...
Lawyer / Game Show Host
Sharon Hays ...
Bill Cable ...
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When her great aunt dies, famous horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight New England town Falwell to claim her inheritance of a haunted house, a witch's cookbook and a punk rock poodle. But once the stuffy locals get an eyeful of the scream queen's ample assets, all hell busts out and breaks loose. Can the Madonna of the Macabre find love with a studly cinema owner, avoid her creepy great uncle, titillate the town's teens and become a Las Vegas dance sensation all without being burned alive at the stake? Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Here comes Elvira... there goes the neighbourhood! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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30 September 1988 (USA)  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$5,596,267 (USA)
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In 1988, Marvel Comics released a magazine-sized comic book adaptation of the film. See more »

Goofs

Flipped shot: When her great uncle first appears in her house, the poodle growls and snarls. Originally, the poodle has a black fluffy left ear and an earring in the right. These switch over during the growl, and switch back again when the camera pans back. See more »

Quotes

Elvira: And don't forget, tomorrow we're showing the head with two things... I mean the thing with two heads. Until then, this is Elvira saying unpleasant dreams.
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Referenced in The Reinactors (2008) See more »

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I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Jay Hawkins)
Performed by Joanna St. Claire
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Perfect Movie of it's Type
19 September 2004 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

I don't doubt that the critics panned this movie, especially the artsy fartsys who need a laxative. This is a great vehicle movie in the tradition of Abbot & Costello or more recently Don Knotts. It won't shake the world or change movies forever. What it will do is entertain. When all is said & done that's the most important thing anyway. Watch this movie & forget your troubles. It even has a simple & kind moral message at no extra charge. I always loved Elvira's TV show when I lived in LA. She did not really steal her schtick from Vampira any more than Vampira did from the original, Theda Bara. This sort of mythic character belongs to whoever does it best; & Cassandra Peterson does it best. Long live Elvira; we need more of these kind of movies. There are never enough. The villain, William Morgan Sheppard, was also excellent. He exudes a wonderful refined malice. I could find no technical faults. The execution is as close to flawless as the art form gets. My profound compliments to the director,James Signorelli,& all his crew.


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