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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror | 30 September 1988 (USA)
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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
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

Elvira busts out in her outrageously funny feature film debut! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Cassandra Peterson wanted Tim Burton to direct the movie, but by the time production was underway, he was busy making Beetlejuice (1988). See more »

Goofs

Chastity Pariah (Edie McClurg) is on the phone gossiping in her bathrobe and towel while Elvira is looking for a job. Moments later she is seen coming out of church all dressed up. See more »

Quotes

Chastity Pariah: You all saw it! He attacked me in broad daylight and he had his way with me!
Calvin Cobb: Me? I barely got away with my life! You could have worn out a mechanical bull!
Chastity Pariah: You're not gonna get away with this, you sex-addled maniac! I demand that the council remove this pervert!
Mr. Clotter: I never laid a hand on those sheep, so help me.
Mrs. Meeker: Calvin is the one who was painting everybody in apple butter! I was just an innocent on-licker!
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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 »


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Chicken Fried Steak
Written and Performed by Gary Austin
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A Classic!!
21 October 2002 | by MiseriSee all my reviews

I highly recommend this movie. The movie is funny, entertaining and well, it's something only Elvira can deliver!!! Edie McClurgh (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) is great as Chastity Pariah. The movie is chock-full of hilarious sexual innuendo (56 boob jokes!) and visual slap-stick gags. Elvira's dream is to perform in Las Vegas, but to do that she needs 50,000$. She heads the the Puritanical town of Falwell to pick up her great aunt Morgana Talbot's inheritance....a measley book. But the book holds the secrets of the magic, plunging Elvira into a battle of metaphysical proportions! I cannot recommend this movie enough!!!! It's corny, it's campy, but that's Elvira.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,660,041, 2 October 1988

Gross USA:

$5,596,267

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,596,267
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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