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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark [DVD] (1988)


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  • Actors: Cassandra Peterson, W.Morgan Sheppard, Daniel Greene, Susan Kellermann, Jeff Conaway
  • Directors: James Signorelli
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005T1YARY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,505 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Meet Elvira, the notorious American cult heroine. This wise-cracking vamp wishes to open her own show in Las Vegas but needs $50,000. Suddenly her great aunt Maud dies and Elvira goes to a conservative mid-west town to hear the reading of the will. Elvira is disappointed when she learns that she has only inherited a delapidated house, a poodle and cook book. To compound this she is accused of being a witch! Elvira discovers the evil force in the town and finds that only she has the power to stop his evil plans!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Yates on 28 May 2004
Format: DVD
Whenever I read those '100 greatest comedy films' lists in movie magazines, I watch out for a mention of this, Elvira's finest hour (and a half). I haven't once seen it lauded, but given that most critics seem to regard 'American Pie' as a better movie than 'Duck Soup', that should have told me all I need to know.
The tale concerns Elvira, hostess of a no-budget cable TV horror movie showcase who dreams of opening her own stage show in Las Vegas. The only trouble is, like almost every dream this requires big bucks - 50,000 to be precise. Then, from out of nowhere comes an invite to the reading of her great aunt Morganna's will, held at the sleepy American town of Fallwell (the name of which sums up the local politics in a nutshell). You probably don't need telling that Elvira, "wearing clothes that wouldn't keep a titmouse dry in a drizzle" lands on the place like an A-bomb, especially when she runs into Chastity Pariah, the pious head of the Fallwell Morality Club. Soon it seems like the whole town is against her, but for a few of the understandably dazzled local teens and hunky handyman Bob Grinnig.
Every single minute of this movie features some kind of visual gag, outrageous one-liner or trashy double entendre which has the power to leave you in stitches. It walks a fine line between horror imagery and all-American cuteness, camp and ballsy tough talk, and bawdy humour absent of clumsy latterday crudeness which makes for the best kind of old fashioned, character-driven romp. The acting performances will never win any awards, possibly excluding Edie McGlurg's excellent turn as Chastity, but everyone fits so brilliantly into their roles that the movie has all the sweetness of a familiar parallel universe.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By best_dress@hotmail.com on 2 May 2001
Format: DVD
In the past couple of years I must have watched this film at least a hundred times and I never ever tire of it. Elvira's fight against morality and Chastity Pariah is a lesson to us all. And she has some of the best one-liners in the history of film ('no, but if you hum a few bars I'll fake it'). This is a gothic masterpiece of double-entendres, which everyone should have the priveledge of seeing. Plus, Elvira's Flashdance routine is one of the best scenes in any film ever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brandon L. Harlow on 18 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
Picked up this DVD for $5 tonight and LOVE it! What an all-time camp classic! Elvira throws out the zingers like nobody's business!
A lecherous TV producer walks over and says "they call me Longhorn, care to guess why?" She responds, "Does it have anything to do with your breath?"
And how about the shape-shifting poodle she dresses in leather studded straps and a pink mohawk! Gonk rocks!
Even Edie McClurg pops up as the local town prude and after getting a dose of a love potion laced casserole walks over to a guy laying on the ground and asks, "Excuse me...is this face taken?" and plops down right on him! Too much!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "i_love_doctor_carpenter" on 26 May 2004
Format: DVD
OK, I'm going to be honest, I wasn't that keen to watch this film at all, but seriously, this is one of the funniest and greatest films I have seen in the last 5 years. Elvira provides witty one-liners that not even Will & Grace can equal, and it's not just funny, there's a good love story in there. I'd say that if you like the Rocky Horror, then you'll absolutly love this film. BUY IT NOW!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kali on 12 Feb 2005
Format: DVD
Okay, so this is a VERY corny film filled silly jokes, ridiculous costumes and a heroine who flaunts all she's got to the camera, and boy does Elvira have a lot! All the same this is a funny film that left me hysterical with laughter when I first saw it several years ago,
Cassandra Peterson is great as Elvira, a young woman who inherits a house in small-town America. However, small town USA isn't really read for Elvira who is big, brassy, a tart with a heart and totally OTT. Also the aforesaid small town USA isn't ready for the problems that follow Elvira to her new inheritance because (unknown to Elvira) she is the daughter of a witch and that her scheming and on the surface respectable Uncle (also a Warlock) wants her inheritance for his own dastardly reasons.
Somewhere in the house is a book of very powerful spells and Elvira's Uncle wants it at all costs. At first Elvira wants only to sell the house and head for the bright city lights but she soon finds herself fighting for her birthright which includes a magic ring, the missing spell book and Witches Familiar in the form of funky poodle who can become a Rotwieller if the need arises.
Elvira makes does make friends along the way, mainly young people like herself who feel constrained by their town's ultra conservative attitude. Elvira is soon mixing potions to liven up the town especially after they cruelly ruin a show she puts on to make some money.
Watch out for the sex-fest which occurs after the town's people eat a specially prepared casserole at the local fair, it is one of the films funniest moments. The film follows Elvira's attempt to defeat her evil and powerful Uncle, not easy when you are witch without training and Elvira's transformation into a female Rambo complete with Bazooka gun is totally hysterical.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "lm_cat_queen" on 25 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
Not sure I should have been watching this when I was nine, but I did.
I didn`t understand the adult comedy etc but now it all comes to light.
A must buy, it`s a classic.
It`s a bit how you say,(sexist) but only in a funny way towards Elvira herself.
It`s not exactly a horror, id say its a comedy thiller.
one of the best comedy films of the 80`s
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