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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) Poster

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Elvira's Macabremobile 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.
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The painting of Elvira's Great Aunt Morganna is actually a painting of Cassandra Peterson, sans makeup & wig.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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In 1988, Marvel released a magazine-sized comic book adaptation of the film.
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Elvira's aunt's house is also the Munster's house.
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The anchorwoman played by Tress MacNeille is based on a real anchorwoman Cassandra Peterson didn't get along with during her days at a local television station.
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The character of Vincent Talbot was named as an homage to actors Vincent Price and Lyle Talbot.
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In real life Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl, a career her character also pursues.
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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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Production began on January 20, 1988, and filming took eight weeks.
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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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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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The town of Falwell is actually Midwest Street, on the Warner Bros. back-lot.
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Joel Thurm, who served as supervising producer on the film, appears uncredited as the town barber.
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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.
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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.
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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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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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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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.
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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 wasn't.
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