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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark [DVD] [1988] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053TWV5K
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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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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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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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By A Customer on 26 May 2004
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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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1988 was the year of Elviramania. With her own slot (Lord knows what lip smacking double entendre she would spin from that) on Channel 4 and a poster on the wall of every hormone-addled teenage boy, Cassandra Peterson's vampy alter ego captured the public imagination for a brief moment in time and launched her movie right on target. And what a beautifully judged movie it was. It's spiky but warm hearted, just like the lady herself, and sweetly reminiscent of the madcap Roger Corman movies it idolises, only this time the principal female character is no hapless victim.

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.
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By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2004
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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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