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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ...
Cop
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Horror

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30 September 1988 (USA)  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,596,267 (USA)
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Trivia

The character of Vincent Talbot was named as an homage to actors Vincent Price and Lyle Talbot. See more »

Goofs

When Vincent is chasing Elvira near the end of the movie, he has a bloody hole in his forehead from Elvira's stiletto heel as he slips through the cemetery gates, but she hasn't thrown it at him yet. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Talbot: I must apologize for my behavior in the office, it's just that your appearance was a bit of a shock to me.
Elvira: It's okay. My appearance is kind of a shock to everybody.
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Connections

Referenced in 220 Volts: Anos 80 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Written by Lori Chacko and Joey Balin
Performed by Lori Chacko
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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The cup(s) of horror runneth over with titillating humor
22 October 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This movie is simply the best horror-film parody ever made. And it's also just one darned enjoyable flick. I guess you could call it a guilty pleasure. True, it is pure cornball, but I have grown to love it, and I watch it regularly every year around Halloween, since (naturally) several channels on TV routinely feature it as part of that select batch of Halloween pictures that just scream for annual broadcasting.

Extremely well filmed (IMHO), I am always really amazed at how nice it is to see it again each year – it holds up well and looks fantastic even today, after 13 years.

From a physical perspective, Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) - with that showgirl figure and that over-the-top tight-fitting black costume - just grabs your attention with both, um, *hands*, from the get go, and never lets go. But there's much more to revel in here than just her physical assets: her acting, her ditzy charm and irreverent risqué sense of humor will just have you lapping it up. In short, you'll just love Elvira from top to bottom (unlike the townies in the story, many of whom decidedly did not take kindly to her sudden arrival in their up-tight little burg in Massachusetts).

This movie is just busting out all over with titillating, slightly off-color humor (or: off-colour humour for those of you on the other side of the Atlantic) from start to finish. There are many funny and memorable lines in this movie of the double-entendre variety; it's hard to keep abreast of them all. (I'd list a few of my racier favorites here, but in the interest of not offending the delicate sensibilities of anyone reading this who is NOT into that sort of humor, well, it might be best for you to just go watch the movie and compile your own list).

I can't say anything bad about this movie at all, except that sadly it does end, and you are left wanting more (of Elvira). LOTS more. Alas, c'est la vie.


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