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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 30 September 1988 (USA)
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.... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Rubenstein ...
Elvira (as Elvira)
Damita Jo Freeman ...
Edwina Moore ...
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Bill Swearingen ...
Charles Woolf ...
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Bill Cable ...


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 Anonymous

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


Comedy | Horror


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elvira  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)


$5,596,267 (USA)

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The painting of Elvira's Great Aunt Morganna is actually a painting of Cassandra Peterson, sans makeup & wig. See more »


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 »


Vincent Talbot: I'll get you and your little dog, too.
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Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: The Dance (2015) See more »


New World Symphony
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
Performed by Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Hans-Jürgen Walther (as Hans-Jurgen Walther)
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My favorite movie!
7 August 2000 | by (Somewhere in New Jersey) – See all my reviews

The basic plot: Shlocky horror movie hostess Elvira goes to a small,uptight,puritan town where she encounters an evil uncle, a hunk, some disgruntled teenagers, and some black magic.

The praise:Elvira. She is the smoky, the sexy, campy, the shlocky, the shticky the great one. The entire movie is a send-up of shlock horror, horror, porn,sex,porn,breasts,supernatural movies, show-biz movies, Camp,80's movies, materialism, Vegas, british horror,teen movies,middle-aged horniness, and horror parodies. All with a great soundtrack, a lot of yuks, and the smoky, the best, and better, Elvira. I don't know why I like it all,moreover it being my favorite movie,but who cares!It all ends with a great shlocky, glittering Vegas number! The must-see movie!

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