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Elvira's Haunted Hills -- Elvira's dreams of stardom are put on hold when she accidently winds up in a mysterious Carpathian castle inhabited by Lord Hellsubus.
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Elvira's Haunted Hills -- En route to Paris, Elvira's dreams of stardom are put on hold when she accidentally winds up in a mysterious Carpathian castle inhabited by Lord Hellsubus (Richard O’Brien), a bizarre and sinister man whose late wife is a “dead” ringer for Elvira.


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Release Date:
31 October 2002 (USA) See more »
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Cassandra Peterson ... Elvira, Mistress of the Dark / Lady Elura Hellsubus (as Elvira)

Richard O'Brien ... Lord Vladimere Hellsubus

Mary Scheer ... Lady Ema Hellsubus (The Adulteress)

Scott Atkinson ... Dr. Bradley Bradley (The Charlatan)
Heather Hopper ... Lady Roxanna Hellsubus (Catalepsy Poster Child)

Mary Jo Smith ... Zou Zou
Gabi Andronache ... Adrian (Stable Stud) (as Gabriel Andronache)
Jerry Jackson ... The English Gentleman
Theodor Danetti ... The Innkeeper
Lucia Maier ... The Maid
Constantin Cotimanis ... The Coachman
Remus Cernat ... Nicholai Hellsubus
Mark Pierson ... The Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rob Paulsen ... Adrian (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Irvin 
Writing credits
Cassandra Peterson (character)

Cassandra Peterson (written by) &
John Paragon (written by)

Produced by
George Anton .... assistant producer
Mark Pierson .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Allaman 
Cinematography by
Viorel Sergovici 
Film Editing by
Stephen R. Myers 
Casting by
Florin Kevorkian  (as Florin Chevorchian)
Production Design by
Radu Corciova 
Art Direction by
Ioana Corciova 
Set Decoration by
Raluca Ioanovici 
Costume Design by
Radu Corciova 
Makeup Department
Gabi Cretan .... assistant makeup artist
Ioana Lita .... key makeup artist
Angela Tugui .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Andrei Boncea .... executive in charge of production
Gabriel Popescu .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Barbulescu .... first assistant director
Ingrid Cristea .... second assistant director
Nicoleta Molnar .... second assistant director
Art Department
Iacob Catalin .... assistant property master
Petre Gheorghe .... assistant property master
Marinel Ioja .... assistant property master
Cristian Ivan .... lead set dresser
Magdalena Marasescu .... construction coordinator
Carmen Pasula .... assistant art director
Adrian Popa .... property master
Doina Repanovici .... draftsman
Doicescu Stefan .... assistant property master
Ioja Stefanel .... assistant property master
Nicolae Trandafir .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Fox .... adr supervisor
Patrick Giraudi .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Morgenstein .... sound effects editor
Christoph Nufer .... assistant sound editor
Doru Popescu .... boom operator
Calin Potcoava .... boom operator
Jackie Rodman .... adr editor (as Jackie Oster)
Jackie Rodman .... dialogue editor (as Jackie Oster)
Kurt Thum .... sound effects editor
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Ali Yener .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ion Ianciu .... special effects assistant
Martin Ilie .... special effects supervisor: pyrotechnics
Visual Effects by
Adam Howard .... digital compositor: main title
Richard Kratt .... digital compositor
Roger Nall .... visual effects supervisor
Sergiu Cepleanu .... stunts: Dr. Bradley
Alexandru Cseh .... assistant stunt coordinator
Szabolcs Cseh .... stunt coordinator (as Szoby Cseh)
Vladu Elena .... stunts: Elvira
Jan Filip .... stunts: Vladimere
Sarbu Marian .... auxiliary stunt
Culcear Mironita .... stunts: Zouzou
Barbara Moisii .... stunts: Roxana
Dumitru Stancu Petre .... stunts: Adrian
Oancea Stefan .... auxiliary stunt
Camera and Electrical Department
Octavian Andreescu .... best boy
Daniel Balteanu .... second electrician
Fericean Cosmin .... Steadicam operator
Florin Costache .... still photographer
Dumitru Dora .... first electrician
Titi Gavrila .... first assistant camera
Sarbu Gigi .... camera grip
Gheorghe Guta .... second assistant camera
Brady Hallongren .... camera supervisor
Alexandru Mitrofan .... second grip (as Alexandru Sandu Mitrofan)
Catalin Nicolae .... fourth electrician
George Nicolae .... third electrician
Florin Niculae .... gaffer (as Florin Nicolae)
Toni Salabasev .... still photographer
Adrian Sandor .... assistant camera
Julian Trandafir .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Gabrian .... wardrobe
Amalia Misaila .... assistant costume designer
Viorica Moldoveanu .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Brian J. Cavanaugh .... assistant editor (as Brian Cavanaugh)
Dan Mitre .... colorist
Lei Shi .... assistant editor (as Lei Gabriel)
Music Department
Eric Allaman .... music producer
Marina Dubovskova .... music contractor (as Marina A. Doubovskova)
Rudy Guess .... music editor
Jerry Jackson .... choreographer: musical number
Gregg Nestor .... music preparation (as Greg Nestor)
Sergey Skripka .... conductor (as Sergei Skripka)
Transportation Department
George Dinu .... transportation coordinator
George Ghita .... driver
Eugen Pisau .... driver
Other crew
Alan Abrams .... legal
Vasile Anghel .... production assistant
Andra Barbuica .... script supervisor
Alina Bobe .... assistant: Mr. Bocea
Grigore Ciobanu .... general operator: electrical department
Brady Hallongren .... title opticals supervisor
Gabriela Ionescu .... production secretary
Mirela Ionita .... craft service
Andrei Marinescu .... assistant: Cassandra Peterson
Andrei Marinescu .... location manager
Laurentiu Maronese .... production assistant
Gilda Matei .... production accountant
Carmen Micliuc .... craft service
Sanda Mihalache .... production coordinator
Dorina Popa .... assistant accountant
Sanda Popescu .... production coordinator
Razvan Radutiu .... production assistant
Violeta Rizea .... slate
Elana Saviolis .... post audio coordinator
Philip J. Strina .... production legal
Phil Hartman .... in memory of
Tress MacNeille .... special thanks
Rob Paulsen .... special thanks
Vincent Price .... dedicated to

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and violence
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 | USA:PG-13 (No. 38912)
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Dedicated to Vincent Price, star of many of the movies being spoofed.See more »
Continuity: The mirror wedged in Zou Zou's cleavage is visible in one shot after she sets Elvira down - but isn't seen again until she pulls it out a few minutes later.See more »
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark:Adrian! You came too late!
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark:Again.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Much More than it Seems at First, 14 September 2005
Author: haygraphics from Sarnia, Ontario

On the surface this is a spoof of the films made by Roger Corman and other directors who worked in the genre during the same period. There are direct references to "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The House of Usher" as well as less direct references to films such as "The Raven" and "The Comedy of Terrors". The overall "look" of the film resembles those films and the work that came out of Hammer Studios during the same period but does so without looking like an imitation of them. With its rich textures and lush colors its appearance is never less than striking.

The performances from most of the supporting cast are all way over the top. Scott Atkinson is hilarious in the role of the doctor, Bradley Bradley. Everything he comes out with seems as if it's sucked from his chest and thrown at the camera. The way his accent changes as his role in the proceedings becomes more defined is a brilliant touch. Mary Scheer performs her role as the adulteress as if she were a classic comic book villain, the type whose passion burns most brightly when she's manipulating everyone around her to the max. Elvira's character makes an excellent foil for her. Heather Hopper's portrayal as the sickly Roxanna (part whooping cough, part "Night of the Living Dead" stiff and full time punching bag for the rest of the cast) is a howl. The notion of dubbing in the dialog spoken by Gabriel Andronache (who reportedly speaks next to no English) was a brilliant one. The first scene between him and Peterson is one for the books. Richard O' Brien has a role that that demands all the pork from Ham Central, and it's one that he appears to have relished playing. The scenes he shares with Peterson appear to have been a joy for both of them.

The excesses of most of the performances are balanced by the understated work from Peterson and Mary Jo Smith. Smith is absolutely adorable as Zou Zou, Elvira's much-abused maid. She plays the role with a combination of dry wit, self-depreciation and vulnerability that can't help but strike a chord. Peterson plays the "Elvira" character with her usual flair. That mix of impish playfulness and canny intellect combined with sweet innocence, brazen sexuality and doltish buffoonery that made the character a cult classic is wholly intact. Her comic timing remains razor sharp.

There's far more to the film though. It goes past the obvious to address (and skewer) a variety of topics. Richard O' Brien's soliloquies put the most overblown passages of Shakespearean Theatre to shame. The dubbing in foreign action films takes a hit or three. The way the use of accents is often bungled by actors and filmmakers is harpooned in a way that's wonderfully original. The "special effects" used for the cataclysmic moment of the film look as if they were intended to be worse than things Ed Wood would've come up with (though it doesn't quite hit that mark). Aging women who cram killer bodies under thick layers of paint (makeup) and thin layers of tight clothing spend parts of the film taking one hit after another.

There's no doubt the reigning Queen of Vamp Camp is showing her age. But she's using it to great advantage. The character seems older. Her sexuality is more overt. She has less patience for playing at being coy. She works too hard to be the center of attention. She doesn't miss any chances to show her "assets". The camera captures the physical side of things. One of the most revealing of them highlights the ways gravity works on an aging figure regardless of how well it's been taken care of, and it happens early in the film as if to make sure all the viewers take note her of age. Peterson is far too intelligent not to have noticed it but she left it in.

If anyone is the right person to be spoofing the foibles of aging vamps it's Cassandra Peterson. She's old enough to be one of those characters in day-to-day life and she would look great in any of the outfits they pour themselves into. More importantly, she understands any subject matter she touches thoroughly, addresses it without meanness or cynicism and applies a measure of balance to it in the process. She jabs Zou Zou for her looks but makes sure that character is the first to light a fire under somebody's libido. The man with the dubbed-in-lines may look silly because his mouth doesn't match his words but he gets the girl. The aging vamp may fall in holes because she's wearing heels instead of runners the way those vamp wannabees would but the male characters still can't keep their hands off her. It all works because of Peterson's charm and because of the balanced overview she brings to the subject matter.

This is a picture that may find its wider audience in years to come. It's played as camp in a way that may alienate a lot of viewers and there's no doubt a lot of the jokes are lame. But that's all done intentionally. Essentially, it's a good movie that's made to look as if it was bad. Don't be fooled. There's a lot there to stimulate thought and enough light fun to make it easy to keep going back for another look. Today's dog (though it's anything but one) may be one of tomorrow' classics.

Thanks Cassandra. This was worth waiting for.

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