Featured on Elvira's Movie Macabre

by RagingR2 | created - 17 Sep 2011 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Films and episodes featured on the TV-series "Elvira's Movie Macabre" from 1981, and subsequent revivals and similar Elvira series from later years.

The series features some (measured by IMDb rating standards) pretty bad films, introduced by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and every now and then featuring an intermezzo with Elvira's witty remarks and innuendo. Compared to another famous series with a similar approach, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (see my other lists), E.M.M. has a more strict focus on Horror films.

Another interesting thing to note is that E.M.M.'s choice of films isn't limited to "bad" films. There are 10 films on this list with a 7.0 or higher rating, including all-time Horror classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, and a total of 60 films with a 5.5 out of 10 or higher. This compared to 5 films with a 5.5 or higher on the MST3K list. On this list there are 2 titles with a 2.0 or lower IMDb rating, compared to 73 (!) such titles on the MST3K list.

Another interesting fact: there's 7 titles featuring "Satan" or "Devil" in the title. Which maybe at first glance doesn't seem that suprising in the Horror genre, but on second thought... there aren't that many (Horror) films to have this at all, so 7 on a list of 158 I think is a noteworthy concentration.

There are 13 entries with "blood" in the title, 19 titles with "dead", "death", "die", "murder" or "killer", 8 titles with "horror" or "terror", and 5 titles with "scream", 2 of which feature the word twice.

There are also four titles on this list that were featured on Elvira's Movie Macabre, Mystery Science Theatre ánd Cinema Insomnia. So apparently they are popular subjects for [witty remarks] / [ridicule] (pick one). These are "The Brain That Wouldn't Die", "Santa Clause Conquers The Martians", "Eegah" and "The Giant Gila Monster". See also the notes besides the specific entries.

This list includes:

  • The original 5 seasons
  • The 2010/2011 revival season of 20 episodes.
  • The 2014 Series '13 Nights of Elvira'
  • The 2004 Time Life series of special Elvira DVD's titled "Elvira's Horror Classics" which was done in a similar fashion to Movie Macabre.


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1. Grave of the Vampire (1972)

PG | 95 min | Horror

Kroft, a legendary vampire, returns from sleep. Kroft attacks a couple in a graveyard, raping the woman. The child born feeds only on blood from his mother's breast.

Director: John Hayes | Stars: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, Diane Holden

Votes: 892

2. Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.

Director: Theodore Gershuny | Stars: Patrick O'Neal, James Patterson, Mary Woronov, Astrid Heeren

Votes: 3,525

3. The House That Screamed (1970)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A strict headmistress runs a secluded school for wayward girls in 19th century France, whose students are disappearing under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Maribel Martín

Votes: 2,370

4. House of Usher (1960)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Horror

Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey, Harry Ellerbe

Votes: 10,555

5. The Dunwich Horror (1970)

R | 90 min | Horror

Wilbur Whateley travels to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon. But, little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner

Votes: 3,307

6. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 5,107 | Gross: $2.18M

7. The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

Dishonest undertaker Waldo Trumbull and his sidekick Felix Gillie are creating their own customers when they cannot find willing ones.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Joyce Jameson

Votes: 4,374

8. The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Roger Perry

Votes: 2,104

9. Cry of the Banshee (1970)

GP | 91 min | Horror

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath, Carl Rigg

Votes: 1,651

10. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael Murphy, Michael Macready

Votes: 2,036

11. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Jason Robards, Herbert Lom, Christine Kaufmann, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 996

12. Baron Blood (1972)

PG | 90 min | Horror

A young man, visiting the castle of a murderous ancestor in Austria, accidentally brings his dead relative back to life - searching for new victims.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Luciano Pigozzi

Votes: 2,860

13. Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A Victorian scientist tests a serum that transforms him into a sensuous murderess.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander

Votes: 2,102

14. The Crimson Cult (1968)

R | 87 min | Horror

When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming, and his niece more demonstrably so, ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Mark Eden, Barbara Steele

Votes: 1,738

15. The Murder Clinic (1966)

GP | 86 min | Horror

Patients and staff of an isolated mental hospital are being killed off by a hooded maniac who stalks the halls.

Director: Elio Scardamaglia | Stars: William Berger, Françoise Prévost, Mary Young, Barbara Wilson

Votes: 225

16. Horror Express (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa

Votes: 7,859

17. The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Roger Girard is a rich scientist conducting experiments on head transplantation. His caretaker has a son, Danny, who, although fully grown, has the mind of child. One day an escaped ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony M. Lanza | Stars: Bruce Dern, Pat Priest, Casey Kasem, Albert Cole

Votes: 1,246

18. Horror Hospital (1973)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Jason, a member of a 1960's pop group, decides he needs a break at a country retreat. On the train he meets Judy, niece of Aunt Harris who owns the place with her husband Dr Storm and who ... See full summary »

Director: Antony Balch | Stars: Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, Vanessa Shaw, Ellen Pollock

Votes: 1,103

19. Rattlers (1976)

PG | 82 min | Horror

A herpetologist investigating a series of fatal rattlesnake attacks discovers that the creatures have been infected by a mysterious nerve gas disposed of in the desert by the military.

Director: John McCauley | Stars: Sam Chew Jr., Elisabeth Chauvet, Dan Priest, Ronald Gold

Votes: 595

20. Disciple of Death (1972)

84 min | Horror

A henchman of Satan poses as a priest in order to get closer to young virgins he needs for human sacrifice.

Director: Tom Parkinson | Stars: Mike Raven, Ronald Lacey, Stephen Bradley, Marguerite Hardiman

Votes: 93

21. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 58,524 | Gross: $12.00M

22. The Devil's Rain (1975)

PG | 86 min | Horror

A satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back and hunt down and enslave every descendant of his congregation by the power of a book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, William Shatner

Votes: 2,760

23. Psychic Killer (1975)

PG | 89 min | Thriller, Horror

A former mental patient uses astral projection to destroy the people he believes have wronged him.

Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Paul Burke, Jim Hutton, Julie Adams, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 575

24. Necromancy (1972)

PG | 83 min | Horror

Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Orson Welles, Pamela Franklin, Lee Purcell, Michael Ontkean

Votes: 604

25. The Spectre of Edgar Allan Poe (1974)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Horror

Poe's fiance, Lenore, falls into a coma and is taken for dead. She is rescued at the last possible moment from being buried alive, but the experience has driven her insane. On the advice of... See full summary »

Director: Mohy Quandour | Stars: Robert Walker Jr., Cesar Romero, Tom Drake, Carol Ohmart

Votes: 72

26. Deathmaster (1972)

PG | 84 min | Horror

Quarry is a mysterious, articulate stranger who draws a cult like following of local hippies. Rather than showing them peace and love, he has more sinister plans for them, as he is a ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Robert Quarry, Bill Ewing, Brenda Dickson, John Fiedler

Votes: 287

27. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 26,947 | Gross: $0.08M

28. Legacy of Blood (1978)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror

Horror movie about three wicked sisters and their equally unsavory husbands who all arrive at a remote inn where they mean to attend the reading of their uncle's will. One by one, the heirs... See full summary »

Director: Andy Milligan | Stars: Elaine Boies, Louise Gallandra, Jeannie Cusick, Dale Hansen

Votes: 176

29. Dead of Night (1974)

PG | 88 min | Horror

A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe

Votes: 3,811

30. Beware! The Blob (1972)

GP | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob back from the North Pole. When his wife accidentally defrosts the thing, it terrorizes the populace, including the local hippies, kittens, and bowlers.

Director: Larry Hagman | Stars: Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb

Votes: 1,536

31. Good Against Evil (1977 TV Movie)

84 min | Horror

A writer, Andy Stuart, teams up with an exorcist, Father Kemschler, to battle Satan, and a group of Devil worshipers led by Mr. Rimmin.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dack Rambo, Elyssa Davalos, Richard Lynch, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 441

32. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP | 92 min | Horror

A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri

Votes: 1,136

33. The Mad Magician (1954)

Not Rated | 72 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Vincent Price, Mary Murphy, Eva Gabor, John Emery

Votes: 1,272

34. The Turn of the Screw (1974 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Lynn Redgrave, Megs Jenkins, John Barron, Anthony Langdon

Votes: 186

Not 100% sure that this is the version featured on E.M.M. - there are several films with this title.

35. Count Dracula's Great Love (1973)

PG | 85 min | Horror

Four women spend the night in an old deserted sanitarium on a mountain. They each in turn fall into the the evil hands of a doctor who forces them to suck each others blood and to whip ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Aguirre | Stars: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Haydée Politoff, Mirta Miller

Votes: 704

36. Jennifer (1978)

PG | 90 min | Horror

Ostracized at a snooty private school because of her rural, poor background, a scholarship student is tormented to the point where her only remaining recourse is revenge, using the only ... See full summary »

Director: Brice Mack | Stars: Lisa Pelikan, Bert Convy, Nina Foch, Amy Johnston

Votes: 439

37. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston

Votes: 10,884

38. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook, Derek Francis

Votes: 4,716

39. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An astronaut is transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage.

Director: William Sachs | Stars: Alex Rebar, Burr DeBenning, Myron Healey, Michael Alldredge

Votes: 3,735

40. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins

Votes: 26,827

41. Terror at Red Wolf Inn (1972)

R | 90 min | Horror

Female college student, Regina, wins a getaway vacation at the quiet Red Wolf Inn - wherein an old cannibal couple is dwelling in.

Director: Bud Townsend | Stars: Linda Gillen, John Neilson, Arthur Space, Mary Jackson

Votes: 441

42. The Baby (1973)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A social worker, still reeling from the loss of her architect husband, investigates the eccentric, psychedelic Wadsworth Family, consisting of a mother, two daughters, and an adult son with the apparent mental capacity of an infant.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Susanne Zenor

Votes: 2,405

43. The House of Seven Corpses (1974)

PG | 88 min | Horror

A director is filming on location in a house where seven murders were committed. The caretaker warns them not to mess with things they do not understand (the murders were occult related), ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Harrison | Stars: John Ireland, Faith Domergue, John Carradine, Carole Wells

Votes: 1,118

44. The Death Wheelers (1973)

PG | 85 min | Adventure, Horror

A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin, Ann Michelle, Roy Holder

Votes: 2,137

"Psychomania"

45. Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

A demented widow lures unsuspecting children into her mansion in a bizarre "Hansel and Gretel" twist.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 1,183

46. City in the Sea (1965)

Unrated | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In 1903, in Cornwall, a group of locals discover an underwater city, dating back to 1803, that hides a society of smugglers and aquatic creatures.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson, Susan Hart

Votes: 1,684

"War-Gods of the Deep"

47. The Oblong Box (1969)

R | 96 min | Horror

Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Alister Williamson, Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies

Votes: 2,609

48. The Raven (1963)

G | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A magician, who has been turned into a raven, turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court

Votes: 9,346