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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

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When her Great Aunt dies, famed horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight New England town of Falwell to claim her inheritance of a haunted house, a witch's cookbook and a punk rock ... See full summary »

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Elvira (as Elvira)
Damita Jo Freeman ...
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Edwina Moore ...
Mario Celario ...
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Bill Swearingen ...
Charles Woolf ...
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Messenger (as William Dance)
William Cort ...
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Sharon Hays ...
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When her Great Aunt dies, famed horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight New England town of 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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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)

Gross:

$5,596,267 (USA)
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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

Bob Redding: You know what your problem is? Chastity Pariah.
Elvira: Oh. I thought that cleared up.
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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (and the movie screen!)
28 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film is pure Elvira and shows her at her breast... I mean best! The story (co-written by Cassandra Peterson, Elvira's alter ego) is inspiring and captivating and is brought to life by Elvira's wit and charm. The viewer gets an opportunity to see Elvira in a whole new light as she struggles with the prejudices of the people of Fallwell, Massachusetts (where she has travelled from Los Angeles in order to attend the reading of her Great Aunt Morganna's will) and at the same time tries to help the long-suffering teenagers who have been deprived of fun by the matriarchal Chastity Pariah and the rest of the town council. She also has to deal with her attraction to Bob Redding, the owner of the local cinema, and another woman (Patty) who has her eye on Bob as well but is not nearly as deserving of his love as Elvira. And, later in the movie, she also faces the complications of being descended from ''a major metaphysical celebrity'' and the charges of witchcraft brought against her which mean that she will be burnt at the stake. Elvira manages to be both sexy and vulnerable, streetwise and naive in this film, while cracking risque jokes and delivering off-beat lines with double meanings.

This movie is inspiring because it gives out the message of never giving up on yourself and always trying to follow your dreams. In the end Elvira's dreams finally come true, which is the best thing that could happen to this wonderfully unique and determined woman.

I've seen this movie countless times and I never ever get tired of it! There are no unnecessary scenes and I found myself captivated throughout the whole movie. A review will not do justice to the actual movie, so I can just tell you to PLEASE watch it because it is one of the best movies ever made! Meanwhile, I wish you ''unpleasant dreams!''


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