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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 30 September 1988 (USA)
Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

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James Signorelli
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Rubenstein Phil Rubenstein ... Director
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Technical Director
Cassandra Peterson ... Elvira (as Elvira)
Damita Jo Freeman Damita Jo Freeman ... Associate Producer
Tress MacNeille ... Anchorwoman
Edwina Moore Edwina Moore ... Hairdresser
Mario Celario Mario Celario ... Rudy
Lee McLaughlin Lee McLaughlin ... Earl Hooter
Bill Swearingen Bill Swearingen ... Cameraman
Charles Woolf Charles Woolf ... Manny
Bill Dance Bill Dance ... Messenger (as William Dance)
William Cort William Cort ... Lawyer / Game Show Host
Sharon Hays Sharon Hays ... Game Show Girl
Bill Cable Bill Cable ... Cop
John Paragon ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

When a chauvinist millionaire buys the television network where the sexy Elvira is the horror hostess of a late show, she quits her job with the intention of producing her own show in Las Vegas. However, the producers demand 50 thousand dollars from her and Elvira does not have the money. Out of the blue, she receives a telegram informing that her great-aunt Morgana died and she has an inheritance to receive. Elvira drives to the uptight town of Fallwell, Massachusetts, where her convertible breaks down. While repairing her convertible, Elvira inherits an archaic mansion, a recipe book and a poodle. Her great-uncle Vincent Talbot proposes to buy her book, but the poodle hides it in the sofa. Meanwhile, the conservative council of Fallwell feels uncomfortable with Elvira's clothes and behavior and does not let her find a job. But cinema owner Bob Redding and the local teenagers help Elvira. When she decides to cook a dinner to impress Bob, she uses Morgana's recipe and finds that it is... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Unpleasant dreams... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvira See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,596,267
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

NBC president Brandon Tartikoff brought in director James Signorelli based on his extensive commercial parody work for Saturday Night Live (1975). Writer Sam Egan was also hired to polish the script as a result of his work on TV shows like Quincy M.E. (1976). See more »

Goofs

When Elvira first comes to Falwell, the hood on her car blows off, and lands upside down, but later, when the three young boys pick up the hood, it is right side up. See more »

Quotes

Bob Redding: Well, at least you still have the ring.
Elvira: Yeah, but now all I can make it do is look cheap.
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Alternate Versions

Along with the television version, many international theatrical and video versions cut out Elvira's magic trick during the Las Vegas musical number. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Real Ghostbusters: Flip Side (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Written by Lori Chacko and Joey Balin
Performed by Lori Chacko
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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This movie is hilarious.
13 January 1999 | by buppySee 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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