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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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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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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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Trivia

The anchorwoman played by Tress MacNeille is based on a real anchorwoman Cassandra Peterson did not get along with during her days at a local television station. 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 »

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Billy: I am so sure. They're gonna kill Spider-Man with plutonium? He's GOT radioactive blood!
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Chicken Fried Steak
Written and Performed by Gary Austin
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Perfect Movie of it's Type
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I don't doubt that the critics panned this movie, especially the artsy fartsys who need a laxative. This is a great vehicle movie in the tradition of Abbot & Costello or more recently Don Knotts. It won't shake the world or change movies forever. What it will do is entertain. When all is said & done that's the most important thing anyway. Watch this movie & forget your troubles. It even has a simple & kind moral message at no extra charge. I always loved Elvira's TV show when I lived in LA. She did not really steal her schtick from Vampira any more than Vampira did from the original, Theda Bara. This sort of mythic character belongs to whoever does it best; & Cassandra Peterson does it best. Long live Elvira; we need more of these kind of movies. There are never enough. The villain, William Morgan Sheppard, was also excellent. He exudes a wonderful refined malice. I could find no technical faults. The execution is as close to flawless as the art form gets. My profound compliments to the director,James Signorelli,& all his crew.


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