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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
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!
The tale begins with Elvira as a hostess of largely forgotten "crap-ola" horror movies on a no budget cable channel, with only her dream of having her own Las Vegas revue keeping her going. After being told that realising such a dream will set her back fifty grand, she's all but given up. But out of the blue, what should happen but an invite to the reading of the will of her recently deceased great aunt Morganna. With visions of megabucks and Vegas in her eyes, Elvira heads to the sleepy town of Fallwell (a witty slight against the Reverend Jerry from Peterson, a longterm campaigner for gay rights).
Of course, it wouldn't be much of a movie if everything ran smoothly. From the moment of her arrival in Fallwell, Elvira has to contend with her bitter uncle Vinny, denied anything from his sister Morganna's estate, Patti the town's good time gal and rival for the affections of local handyman Bob Grinnig, and not least Chastity Pariah the chairwoman of the Fallwell Morality Club, a brilliant turn from the always memorable Edie McGlurg.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the film just wish I had checked which region it was cos I bought the wrong one and couldn't play it! Otherwise it was a clean disc and arrived promptly as promisedPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Remember this film from my childhood. good blast form the past.Published 1 month ago by Leigh Ramage
I first saw this film when it came out loved it then and its just as funny now a truly great film pity the later film was nowhere near as good but Cassandra Peterson made this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by dennis south
OMG!! I have watched this movie a zillion times, the hair, the boobs, the double entendre!! It is funny, dark, gothic, cheesy, funny and sexy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jay Taylor
Enjoy it for what it is - lots of cheap laughs done with style.
I found a VHS tape of this in a clearout and laughed so much it hurt then bought the DVD when it came out. Read more
One of my favorite personalities. If you have never seen Elvira in action, check out this film. So fun and so much energy.
Don't miss this one for Halloween season. :)