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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, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Rubenstein ...
Director
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Technical Director
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Elvira (as Elvira)
Damita Jo Freeman ...
Associate Producer
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Edwina Moore ...
Hairdresser
Mario Celario ...
Rudy
Lee McLaughlin ...
Bill Swearingen ...
Cameraman
Charles Woolf ...
Bill Dance ...
Messenger (as William Dance)
William Cort ...
Lawyer / Game Show Host
Sharon Hays ...
Game Show Girl
Bill Cable ...
Cop
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Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

When a chauvinist millionaire buys the television network where the sexy Elvira is the horror hostess of a late show, she quits her job with the intention of producing her own show in Las Vegas. However, the producers demand 50 thousand dollars from her and Elvira does not have the money. Out of the blue, she receives a telegram informing that her great-aunt Morgana died and she has an inheritance to receive. Elvira drives to the uptight town of Fallwell, Massachusetts, where her convertible breaks down. While repairing her convertible, Elvira inherits an archaic mansion, a recipe book and a poodle. Her great-uncle Vincent Talbot proposes to buy her book, but the poodle hides it in the sofa. Meanwhile, the conservative council of Fallwell feels uncomfortable with Elvira's clothes and behavior and does not let her find a job. But cinema owner Bob Redding and the local teenagers help Elvira. When she decides to cook a dinner to impress Bob, she uses Morgana's recipe and finds that it is... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Elvira busts out in her outrageously funny feature film debut! See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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30 September 1988 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,596,267
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dale Peterson, father of Cassandra Peterson, a real life Allstate Insurance representative, appears uncredited in the film as an Allstate Insurance representative. See more »

Goofs

When the lawyer is reading off the items that Elvira has inherited from her late great aunt, the lawyer is clearly wearing eyeglasses, but when Elvira says, "That's it? The house, a dog, and a book?," even though the lawyer is seen from the back, you can clearly see that he is not wearing eyeglasses. In the next scene, the lawyer is wearing eyeglasses again to announce what Uncle Vincent Talbot has inherited. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Meeker: Leslie was the one covering people in apple butter. I was just an innocent on-licker.
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Connections

Referenced in Epic Ink: Friday the Thirteenth (2014) See more »

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Maniac
Written by Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
Performed by Rick Cershaw
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Elvira is Hilaroius!
27 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

OK, this movie is stupid. I mean that in a good way though.It was stupid on purpose, and was one of the better "stupid" movies I've seen. The jokes and gags are purposefully bad, but delivered in a way that it struck all the right notes with me. The supporting characters were pretty shallow and mediocre. There is a pretty weak plot, but it works just fine.

Elvira's character is the focus here.She is lovable and adorable.Cassandra Petersen has a world of acting talent that just glows in this movie.On top of that acting talent she had physical attributes which were frankly, stunning. Few men could disagree with that. The parts that show off her figure were also some of the funnier scenes in the movie.

I had a smile ear to ear from the first scene to the last.

Highly recommended to fans of comedy, and to fans of beautiful women. I wish they had made a dozen more Elvia movies.


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