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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) Poster

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Elvira's Macabre Mobile was created for the film. The 1958 T-Bird hard top was purchased for $2,500 and went through $7,000+ in alterations. The car has remained in the possession of Cassandra Peterson, who continues to use it when she does personal appearances as Elvira.
During the scene in which Elvira is being burned at the stake, the heat from the flames was so intense that it melted Cassandra Peterson's black Elvira wig.
The reason Elvira's dress was cut that way and her hair was so long in back was to hide the scars the actress has on her neck and shoulders from burns she received when she was five years old.
In 1988, Marvel Comics released a magazine-sized comic book adaptation of the film.
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.
The painting of Elvira's aunt Morganna Talbot is actually a painting of Cassandra Peterson, sans makeup and wig.
Elvira's great-aunt Morganna Talbot's house is also the Munster family's house.
When casting the film, Cassandra Peterson gave roles to Edie McClurg, Lynne Marie Stewart, Deryl Carroll, Joseph Arias, Tress MacNeille and John Paragon, who she became friends with when they worked together in the L.A. comedy troupe The Groundlings.
In real life, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl, a career her character also pursues.
The anchorwoman played by Tress MacNeille is based on a real anchorwoman Cassandra Peterson did not get along with during her days at a local television station.
The Las Vegas scene was originally ommited from the shooting script because NBC executives thought it would be too expensive to build the set. So the film was shot and editied without it, and then screened for NBC executives to decide on whether or not to fund more money for the Vegas finish (which Cassandra really wanted). Ultimately, executives liked the film enough to fund the Las Vegas scene. The scene was shot a month later in a warehouse in the San Fernando Valley, but some parts of the song and dance were cut from the final film.
The town of Falwell is actually Midwest Street, on the Warner Bros. back-lot.
After Cassandra Peterson made a small, cameo appearance in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), her good friend Paul Reubens wanted to return the favor for her film vehicle. Unfortunately, his film, Big Top Pee-wee (1988), and her film were being filmed simultaneously.
The character of Vincent Talbot was named as an homage to actors Vincent Price and Lyle Talbot.
Joel Thurm, who served as supervising producer on the film, appears uncredited as the town barber.
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Tress MacNeille, who plays the newswoman, voiced Boobarella, a parody of Elvira, on The Simpsons (1989).
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Elvira has a line of dialogue about Roger Corman's films. This film was distributed by New World Pictures, a company owned by Corman.
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The comic book ripped up in the bowling ally is "The Amazing Spider-Man" #298 which ironically is one of the most valuable comics ever as it featured the first appearance of Spider-Man's arch nemesis Venom, and was the first Spider-Man comic ever illustrated by Todd McFarlane.

The issue also has nothing to do with "killing Spider-Man with plutonium" as stated.
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The comic book that Billy reads is "The Amazing Spider-Man" #299 (Dated April 1988) titled, "Survival of the Hittist!" [sic] Written by David Michelinie and pencils and cover art by Todd McFarlane. At no point in the comic does anyone try to kill Spider-Man with plutonium, the plot actually involves Spider-Man tracking down a secret arms shipment.
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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.
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Storefronts in Fallwell include: the Pick N' Save Orphanage; Bigelow, Cheatum and Wynn, Attorneys at Law; and Patti's Tidy Bowl Lanes Bowling Alley.
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Then-unknown Brad Pitt originally auditioned for one of the teenage boy roles, but Cassandra Peterson thought he was too cute and felt that Elvira wouldn't be interested in Bob if Brad Pitt was one of the teenagers trying to get her. On her casting notes of his audition, she wrote next to his name, "Yum Yum!"
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Production began on January 20, 1988, and filming took eight weeks.
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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 11th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1988.
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Cameo 

John Paragon: the gas station attendant.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The tar that Elvira is covered in at the end of the Flashdance (1983) spoof sequence was actually black paint. Because of the time required to clean the paint off Elvira and her costume, this segment was only shot once.
A forty foot trench filled with gasoline and explosives was dug in front of the gas station to create the illusion that the gas station was blown up when, in fact, it was not.
The scene with Elvira being burned at the stake took five days to shoot. During these scenes, Peterson spent three hours at a time tied to the stake.
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