ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK (Blu-ray Review)
Starring Elvira (Cassandra Peterson), Elvira's physical attributes, W. Morgan Sheppard, Daniel Greene, Jeff Conaway, Edie McClurg, Susan Kellermann. Directed by James Signorelli. (1988/96 min)
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Review by Stinky the Destroyer😽
If there was ever a movie that was truly made “for the fans,” it's this one. Well, fans and boys too young to rent porn.
Elvira needs no introduction. Created as a sexy, sassy TV host by Cassandra Peterson, she became an indelible part of '80s pop culture. Even today, she's revered by horror fans worldwide (and still looks pretty damn good, if you ask me).
Back then, everybody got their own movie whether they deserved it or not...Pee-Wee Herman, Fat Boys, Garbage Pail Kids, Ernest P. Worrell, Max Headroom, just to name a few. With her quasi-Valley Girl persona and fabulous physique, throwing Elvira up on the big screen was probably a no-brainer...much like the movie itself.
But it ain't like anyone was expecting The Seventh Seal. Besides, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark delivers exactly as promised: silly slapstick, juvenile humor, eye-rolling puns, innuendo, double-entendres and, of course, the star's considerable visual assets. With a plot so thin it would wisp away if you blew too hard, you're either already in-tune with Elvira's brand of creepy cornball comedy or view the film as a sure sign of the apocalypse.
|One of the film's myriad esoteric moments.|
Wherever you plant your flag, one aspect of the movie is indisputable: As Elvira, Peterson's 'physical' performance is eye-popping (you could even say she provides her own special effects). Sure, the character is a tongue-in-cheek homage to video vamps of the past, but that doesn't really change the fact she's built in all the right places, which the film exploits at every opportunity, most-gratuitously with a climactic Vegas-style song & dance number where Peterson demonstrates her tassel-twirling skills (pushing the PG-13 rating to its limit). And while I wouldn't go as far as to call Peterson a great actor, she is genuinely funny, even when her jokes elicit more groans than giggles.
"TOO MACABRE: THE MAKING OF ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK” - Feature-length making-of documentary. The best of the bonus features.
"RECIPE FOR TERROR: THE CREATION OF THE POT MONSTER” - This featurette focuses on the film's most elaborate special effects sequence (besides Elvira herself, of course).
3 AUDIO COMMENTARIES – 1) By director James Signorelli, hosted by Fangoria editor Tony Timpone; 2) By Patterson Lundquist, Elvira webmaster; 3) By Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg & co-writer John Paragon.
IMAGE GALLERIES – Including storyboard, production stills, premiere photos, promo material.
THEATRICAL & TEASER TRAILERS
SUPPLEMENTAL BOOKLET (not previewed)
REVERSIBLE SLEEVE (not previewed)
NOT BAD. LIKE CAT CHOW.