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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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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TV Guide

Despite its mildly raunchy tone and obsession with Peterson's considerable cleavage, the film is a decent, good-hearted comedy that never takes itself seriously.

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Steve Crum

But there's nothing dark about Elvira's cleavage.

Caryn James
New York Times

There are only a couple of fresh and funny moments.


It's not just dumb fun. The script contains a few genuinely smart one-liners (even if the relentless flood of innuendo will weary even the hardiest Carry On fans) and there's far more to Elvira than a perilously plunging neckline.

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Bill Gibron

With a solid humor lineage...Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is one of the best comedies of the late 80s.

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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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It may not be the comedy that re-invented horror comedies, but Elvira's feature film debut is an entertaining and raunchy foray...

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Brandon Judell

Stupidity with a cleavage.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% 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