6.5/10
10,950
71 user 49 critic

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.

Director:

James Signorelli
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Spooky high jinks abound when Elvira finds herself spending the night in a mysterious castle en route to 1851 Paris.

Director: Sam Irvin
Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Richard O'Brien, Mary Scheer
Movie Macabre (1981–1993)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An old-fashioned style horror movie marathon, hosted and commentated on by the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira.

Stars: Cassandra Peterson, John Paragon, Eve Smith
Elvira's Movie Macabre (TV Series 2010)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A revamping, if you will, of the 1980's classic horror movie showcase, hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Ted Biaselli, John Paragon
13 Nights of Elvira (TV Series 2014)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Break out the crucifix, get some garlic, and say your prayers cause Elvira's coming for a visit. This October the Mistress of the Dark, herself, is digging up some awful-er-awesome movies ... See full summary »

Stars: Cassandra Peterson
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Contestants vie to become the next campy, late-night horror movie queen Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Christian Greenia, Patterson Lundquist
The Elvira Show (TV Series 1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Elvira has moved to Manhattan, Kansas, with her wacky aunt Minerva and their talking cat. Elvira is working as a fortune teller and selling love potions on the side! Everything is going ... See full summary »

Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Katherine Helmond, Phoebe Augustine
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Unpleasant dreams... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvira See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,596,267
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Las Vegas scene was originally omitted from the shooting script because NBC executives thought this would be too expensive to build the set. So the movie was shot and edited without this, and then screened for NBC executives to decide on whether or not to fund more money for the Vegas finish (which Cassandra Peterson 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 deleted from the final movie. 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

Bob Redding: You know what your problem is? Chastity Pariah.
Elvira: [surprised] Oh. I thought that cleared up.
See more »

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

Featured in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: TerrorVision (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Elvira's Theme
Written by Mark Pierson (as Mark Whitney Pierson)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


17 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 71 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed