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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 ...
Mario Celario ...
Lee McLaughlin ...
Bill Swearingen ...
Charles Woolf ...
Bill Dance ...
Messenger (as William Dance)
William Cort ...
Lawyer / Game Show Host
Sharon Hays ...
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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Here comes Elvira... there goes the neighbourhood! 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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Did You Know?


Elvira has a line of dialogue about Roger Corman's films. This film was distributed by New World Pictures, a company owned by Corman. 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 »


Elvira: Yeah, I'll do it for fifty bucks.
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References Flashdance (1983) See more »


Weeping Like a Willow
Written by Dan Slider
Performed by Lynn Fanelli (uncredited)
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This movie is hilarious.
13 January 1999 | by (Greenville, New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

Elvira aka Cassandra Peterson stars in this hilarious film. Elvira has just received word that her aunt has just passed away and she stands to inherit something she's unsure of but hopes it's money so she can achieve her dream of having her own Las Vegas show. Soon she's in Fallwell, Massachusetts which is a dead end town where nothing exciting ever happens, until Elvira shows up. There she falls in love with a local named Bob and receives her inheritance, her aunt's house, dog, and a book of recipes that contains spells which her evil uncle is trying to get from her. I laughed a lot and I'm sure you will, too.

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