Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)

When horror queen Elvira finds herself the inheritor of a late aunt's estate, she moves into a large mansion in a small New England town. There the saucy, buxom entertainer clashes with the more conservative residents of her new… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 30, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Elvira is all sarky, smutty sex positivity, making a prominent display of her two best assets: her verbal wit, and her ability to laugh at everything and everyone including, first and foremost, herself.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is stupid fun, a distaff, gothic version of Pee-wee's Playhouse.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

Elvira is an entirely watchable character, merging gothic titillation and a killer figure with bad puns and nods to iconic movies.

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Time Out

A predictable plot and cheapskate effects deaden Elvira's occasional witty lines, while references to the horror genre make the film busy without going anywhere.

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Jason Shawhan
Nashville Scene

Campy, witty and always eager to push the bawdy limits of a PG-13 rating...

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Douglas Davidson
Elements of Madness

Perhaps that's why Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is so hilariously awesome, perhaps more-so than you'd expect, because Peterson so totally understands what it takes to make a "bad" movie that only her influence could make one near perfect.

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Caryn James
New York Times

There are only a couple of fresh and funny moments.

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Daniel Barnes
Dare Daniel

This one-note vehicle throws ambiguity and subtlety out the window in favor of a barrage of unfunny boob jokes.

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Anthony Arrigo
Dread Central

Elvira managed to make a seemingly oxymoronic character into a household name, built off her bountiful looks, quick wit, and indefatigable charisma.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
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,… More
Spencer S.
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… More
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Zach Brehany
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… More
Nicki Marie
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… More
Wahida K
A stupid but entertaining comedy with a clear "decolteŤ" view