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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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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)
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Sharon Hays ...
Bill Cable ...
Cop
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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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Unpleasant dreams... See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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30 September 1988 (USA)  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

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$5,596,267 (USA)
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The painting of Elvira's aunt Morganna Talbot is actually a painting of Cassandra Peterson, sans makeup and wig. See more »

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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 »

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Elvira: [ringing the motel bell] I hate to interrupt this little episode of the Waltons. But can I have a room?
Mrs. Meeker: Okay, but it's cash up from. I know what you pinko heavy metal weirdos do to hotel rooms. I read all about it in the Star.
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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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Elvira is Hilaroius!
27 April 2006 | by (United States) – 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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