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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elvira See more »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,596,267
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This horror comedy was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 11th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1988. See more »

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(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

Elvira: I'd bend over backwards. I'd bend over forwards.
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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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New World Symphony
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
Performed by Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Hans-Jürgen Walther (as Hans-Jurgen Walther)
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Funny Cult-Trash
11 September 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When a chauvinist millionaire buys the TV network where the sexy Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) is the horror hostess of a late show, she quits her job with the intention of producing a show of her own 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 Fallwell, in Massachusets, where her car breaks. While repairing the car, Elvira inherits an old house, a recipe book and a poodle. Her great uncle Vincent Talbot (W. Morgan Sheppard) 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 the cinema owner Bob Redding (Daniel Greene) 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 indeed a spell book that belonged to her mother Divana. Further, Morgana has protected her from the warlock Vincent that wants the book to take over the world and destroy Elvira, who is a powerful witch. When Elvira refuses to sell the spell book to Vincent, her convinces the council that she is a witch that must be burned at the stake. How will Elvira stop the evil Vincent?

"Elvira: Mistress of the Dark" is a funny cult-trash that works for the fans. This cheesy film is hilarious despite all the silliness and the sexy Cassandra Peterson is the responsible for making it worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Elvira: A Rainha das Trevas" ("Elvira: The Queen of the Darkness")


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