Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
(PG-13, 1:36:29, Released 1988)
|Genres:||Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy|
|Release Date:||Sep 30, 1988|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 28, 2001|
|Starring:||Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg, Pat Crawford Brown, William Duell, Daniel Greene, W. Morgan Sheppard, Raleigh Bond, Frank Collison, Ellen Dunning, Kurt Fuller|
|Directed by:||James Signorelli|
|Synopsis:||This lightweight and slightly ribald comedy marks the feature film debut of Elvira (Cassandra Peterson), a buxom seductress best known for hosting a popular syndicated television show that features wonderfully bad old horror movies. After losing her latest job for refusing to sleep with her new boss, Elvira tries to launch a Vegas career. Just before that scheme falls flat, she finds salvation when an aunt dies and leaves her a huge old New England mansion. When the black-clad and sexy Elvira, with her flamboyant make-up and acres of cleavage hit the town, she creates an instant scandal amongst the old folks and inspires lusty dreams in the minds of the young. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi|
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August 29, 2013
June 15, 2013
Trashy fun. I don't really remember seeing Elvira on TV, but she's funny here. It is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it's very 80's, which is a plus, and I found it entertaining enough.
March 31, 2013
First came 'Morticia Addams' in the 30's from cartoonist Charles Addams, then along came Maila Nurmi and her classic B-movie/TV horror host creation 'Vampira', then finally in the 80's America introduced us to 'Elvira'. It turns out 'Elvira' was actually used to host the TV show 'Fright Night' after Maila Nurmi quit the show.
The 'Fright Night' show bosses needed a new host in the same vain as 'Vampira' so they simply put out a casting call for someone to fill the role. Cassandra Peterson got the part and created the new image for the 'Vampira-like' host. Although another source says the bosses hired Peterson to play the new 'Vampira' without telling Nurmi. Hence Nurmi quit on creative difference and tried to sue Peterson. Either way both creations are clear rip offs from Charles Addams original lady in black.
'Elvira' is pretty much the pinnacle of mid 80's American culture. That trashy Guns n Roses, 'G.I.Joe', 'Garbage Pail Kids', bubblegum MTV pop culture era where gory horror films were rampant, 'Freddy Krueger' was virtually a national icon, gruesome toys like 'Madballs' and 'My Pet Monster' were the norm, whilst gruesome toys like 'Teddy Ruxpin' and 'Cabbage Patch Kids' were scarily suppose to be harmless brrr. Yes I lived in the US back in 87 so I know ;)
It always amazed me how things like 'Elvira' got on TV, but I guess with literately hundreds of TV channels there's a place for everything. Something that kids (and adults) back in the UK at the time found astonishing, the thought of so many channels including ones solely for cartoons!!.
This film was pretty much an extension of a very simple idea to simply push the franchise further. There really is no plot involved whatsoever, 'Elvira' turns up in a typical squeaky clean wholesome all American town to claim inheritance from her dead great aunt. Naturally this makes all the bland dull good little housewives of the town jealous and upset of this slutty gothic temptress, can you see where this is going yet?.
Oh and 'Elvira's' evil uncle is the local Warlock trying to take over the world by getting his hands on an ancient spellbook that 'Elvira' has just inherited, simple.
So apart from the odd moment of cheesy rubber hand puppet horror and evil sorcery the film is mainly chock full of sexual innuendo's or dirty double entendres, pretty much revolving around Peterson's ample boobies or ass. She has her razor sharp sarcastic wit, well kinda, its not really funny, more predictable and catty if anything. The mansion she inherits is your typical 'Munster' type establishment with complimentary interior, not a long shot from 'The Addams Family' either of course.
The film is soft and hammy but good natured I suppose, there is nothing really threatening here as we all know the score. When I was a kid I found the sight of fishnet stockings and tight black leotards extremely interesting, I still do of course but the film definitely feels more risky and sexual to the impressionable young male mind haha.
One of those ideas that works much better with a regular TV slot. Not a horrible film but hardly something to remember, more of a fun history lesson in 80's Americana. The finale Vegas dance routine is slightly naughty with some revealing outfits but I'm not complaining.
March 27, 2012
This is was one of the weirder attempts at a goofy comedy with some semblance of reason. It was a film that didn't need to exist, but why not give a film to a woman who is a fixture in popular culture? Other magnets of that time period were given films, including Pee-Wee Herman and Weird Al. Elvira was most famous for introducing small budget horror films during matin√ (C)es in the afternoon on a Los Angeles television station during the eighties. In the film she reprises her role as a big boobed siren, inheriting a fortune from her Great Aunt and temporarily moving to a sleepy town. Elvira gets into a buttload of trouble amongst the uptight citizens, mostly comprised of old women and lunching ladies, as well as stodgy, repressed men. Of course the teenagers of the town rally around the unconventional temptress, the boys for the cleavage and the girls for...her kooky demeanor? I suppose that's it. To be frank most of the comedy, or I should say all, either has to do with Elvira's boobs or other body parts, or is sexual innuendo. For all the gaffes and irrelevant pablam that this film has to offer, I did actually laugh a couple of times, and it did resonate at the end as a worthless, cheap form of entertainment. Elvira made this film because she's Elvira, not because she wants anything life changing or star worthy. The setting is pure eighties, the music is rocking New Wave, the comedy is adorably juvenile, and most of the time it's fun and stupid. I praise this film for how dumb it is, how tired and silly. If it was anything other, I actually would have been quite disappointed.
fb100000257973100July 16, 2011
During the 1980‚(TM)s there was a little thing that use to come on T.V. called Elvira‚(TM)s Movie Macabre. Basically, it would show terrible, low budget public domain B-Movies that would be hosted by a horror host. The horror host in question is the unexplainable Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. For about a decade, she would be on late T.V. in her, well, lovely get up and rip on the cheesy factor of many films and, in the process, make them more bearable to watch. Well, across America people caught on to her and she decided to make a film about her character (Elvira‚(TM)s real name: Cassandra Peterson) and the end result is one the most hilarious films to come out of Hollywood at that time. As an overview, it has a funny as ‚~yell‚(TM) script and a great comedic performance from Peterson, but that is about it. My reaction while watching this cult classic was that I found myself laughing to no end at some of the outrageous jokes and puns that are around this film, plus some references to other low budget B-Films. Okay, let‚(TM)s get down to the details of this mother. For the directing, it is not that good. The director, James Signorelli, can not direct worth to save his life. He directs like he is following a guide for how to make a mediocre film. My advice for him would be to try something different other then traditional methods. He had a great chance to add something extra to this film, and he blew it. Due to that being the most negative, let‚(TM)s talk about score. Roughly the same as directing. There is nothing inspiring at all about it! I mean, yeah the entire performance at the end of the film was catchy as hell, but it just was not a good score. Now let‚(TM)s get to the fun parts. First the acting. Oh my God. For the most part, the acting was stale with typical performances. But then again, we are not watching this film for the supporting cast. We are wanting to see the Goth Queen with her large ‚~D‚(TM)s. We are here to see Elvira. And we get her. Taking the character from a late night show and bringing her to the screen, Peterson just makes this raunchy character completely fun and enjoyable. It is hard not to love her when she is this woman who wears this Gothic make up, beyond reveling dress, and has the tendency to make everything into a sexual joke. She is obscene, crazy, but she gives one hell of a performance. Is it Oscar worthy? No. But is it worthy of sitting through an entire film with her? Oh yes. Lastly the script. While the script is filled with sex related jokes and toilet humor, what makes it different then other comedies that are like this is that this film is actually hilarious and does not try to strain a laugh. Is it corny? Yes. But that makes it all the more fun! Overall, this is a film to see if you are interested in Elvira, love 1980‚(TM)s films, and want to just have a good film to watch with your friends or in a crowded theatre at night. Just, do not expect any groundbreaking performances or directing.
December 11, 2009
A stupid but entertaining comedy with a clear "decolteŤ" view
August 14, 2008
So much fun, it's trashy but you can't help loving it. It probably helps that Elvira is stunning.
June 24, 2007
Breast jokes abound in an otherwise terrible comedy but fans of Elvira will love this, especially the last ten minutes.
June 6, 2007
If you like Elvira, hang on to your hats. This is all Elvira, all the time. I really liked this movie. There's actually a bit of a story besides Elvira, and it's a good one -- exposing hypocrisy in a small town. And who can't get into that?
January 27, 2007
my favourite movie
July 16, 2006
Can you say CAMP?!?!? This movie is the definition of 1980s camp horror/comedy. It's Elvira, come on! That said, it was one of my favorite films growing up. It was so pathetically idiotic that it was actually good. Elvira gets herself into situations that are classic and her cheesy one-liners are things only Elvira would say and things only a moron would laugh at! So, be a moron for 90 minutes and let go! As you follow Elvira exploits in a small, quaint town (where she is so out-of-place) you find yourself laughing (or at least chuckling) at her (not with her) and rooting for her and goofball, horny teenager followers. The mystical theme to this movie and the whole curse element is inconsequential, but adds to the preposterous plot. A classic!
fb100000185301014September 10, 2011
Elvira is the woman!!! I love the sexual innuendos!!!!
August 25, 2010
Ahh, Elvira. You're responsible for so many of my childhood erections. This movie is a perfect example of self-aware camp, but what would you expect from a movie that was co-written by John Paragon (Jambi from Pee-Wee's Playhouse). Big hair, bad jokes, and of course, ample cleavage, it's a winning formula. Cassandra Peterson takes her Groundlings' character to the big screen (still her breasts are barely contained) with great results. The plot revolves around Elvira inheriting an old, dilapidated house from her great aunt, along with the house she also inherits a cookbook full of her Aunt's magic spells. The House is right smack dab in the middle of a little puritan hamlet (with the perfectly fitting name of Falwell [suck it Jerry, you dead bastard]), and needless to say they don't much appreciate Elvira's attitude or her assets. She also has a run in with her evil Uncle Vinny, who's after her cookbook, while all the other guys in town are just after her cookies. Hilarity ensues in the form of a punk rock poodle, misadventures in food preparation, undersexed christians, and of course, tit jokes. What's not to love?
July 24, 2010
I just wanted to see it again. Love the punked out dog. Lol. 80s cheese & I realized the kid in the wheelchair from Nightmare on Elm st. (p 3 or 4) is in it. The Extras has a bio on the Elvira Actress quite interesting still fun to watch & love the colorful house C
February 12, 2010
it is a funny horror comedy with the horror host elvira it is not a horror film that much it is much more of a comedy in my opinon but it is still a enjoyable horror comedy
November 1, 2009
When the host of a bad horror show learns of her inheritance from an aunt she didn't know about, Elvira finds her life change in ways she never imagined. All she wants to do is rid herself of her unwanted real estate and get on with her dream of playing in Vegas, but the uptight and self righteous town folk are battling her at every move and forces unknown to all involved are at work with their own plans. This movie is funny and a must see for any wanting a good laugh.
June 20, 2008
It was as campy and silly as I expected it to be.
Give it a look if you're into that kind of thing.
March 5, 2008
I saw this when I was a kid. And I always thought she was kind of hot. Funny. But I remember feeling how random a movie about Elvira was.
February 14, 2008
Love her, Elvira is just so funny... and not too hard on the eyes (Giggles). Oh the movie isn't THAT bad.
October 24, 2007
One of the all time classics. The Queen of scream stars in her own movie. I have met her before and she is simply delightful. Elvira will always be the Queen of B.
July 11, 2007
This movie was funny in the why am I watching it sense. some parts you couldn't help laughing other ones were get this over with lol
May 22, 2007
A dumb movie that provides lots of cleavage. It's a good movie if you prefer that to an actual plot.
April 14, 2007
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is an eighties comic masterpiece. Filled with one liners and inuendo from hell, it made me laugh until I howled! Casandra Peterson plays Elvira, a late night TV horror host who dreams of starring in her own show in Las Vegas. Her dreams appear to come true when she is told that she is to inherit part of her Great Aunt's will. She goes to the small town where her aunt lived to hear the reading and all hell breaks loose. Funny in a "Wayne's World" style, it should appeal to those who don't take comedy too seriously.
May 9, 2006
Campy movie, worth a rental, if only to see Elvira twirl boobie tassles at the finale. Talk about hypnotizing.