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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Rubenstein ... Director
... Technical Director
... Elvira (as Elvira)
Damita Jo Freeman ... Associate Producer
... Anchorwoman
Edwina Moore ... Hairdresser
Mario Celario ... Rudy
Lee McLaughlin ... Earl Hooter
Bill Swearingen ... Cameraman
Charles Woolf ... Manny
Bill Dance ... Messenger (as William Dance)
William Cort ... Lawyer / Game Show Host
Sharon Hays ... Game Show Girl
Bill Cable ... Cop
... 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 »

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Comedy | Horror

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30 September 1988 (USA)  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,596,267
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The comic book ripped up in the bowling alley is "The Amazing Spider-Man" #298 which ironically is one of the most valuable comics ever as it featured the first appearance of Spider-Man's arch-nemesis Venom, and was the first Spider-Man comic ever illustrated by Todd McFarlane. The issue also has nothing to do with "killing Spider-Man with plutonium" as stated. See more »

Goofs

(at around 78 mins) The police officer says, "By the power invested in me by the sovereign state of Massachusetts." It is actually "the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." See more »

Quotes

Patty: Seems to me it's all this cheap little tart's fault.
Elvira: Cheap? Who are you callin' cheap? What's that perfume you're wearing, Catch of the Day?
Patty: Look, honey. I don't know which hole you crawl out of, but I suggest you crawl right back in if you know what's good for you.
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Connections

Referenced in Scream: The TV Series (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
Written by Gary Poirot and John Paragon
Performed by Cassandra Peterson (as Elvira)
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A Classic!!
21 October 2002 | by See 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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