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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

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

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Elvira (as Elvira)
Damita Jo Freeman ...
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Edwina Moore ...
Mario Celario ...
Lee McLaughlin ...
Bill Swearingen ...
Charles Woolf ...
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Messenger (as William Dance)
William Cort ...
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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 Anonymous

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Elvira makes her Big Scream Debut in her Hot New Comedy. See more »

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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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Cassandra Peterson's personal hand and body double for the film was Susan McNabb who was later assumed to be Cassandra's sister at hundreds of Elvira's public appearances. Susan retired as Cassandra's personal assistant in 2005 after nearly 20 years. See more »

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(at around 78 mins) The police officer says, "By the power invested in me by the sovereign state of Massachusetts." It is actually "the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." See more »

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Cop: Do you know you were doing fifty in a twenty five miles per hour zone?
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Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Written by Lori Chacko and Joey Balin
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Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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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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