Welcome, children of the night! This Blog is for fans of vintage horror films as well as those who are just beginning to discover the joy of these classic movies. I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

You either get it or you don't.  Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a camp classic filled with snappy one liners from the Princess of Darkness, tons of sight gags, and enough boob jokes to keep a room full of sixth grade boys thoroughly entertained.  Top it off with an 80's soundtrack and fashion sense and you get a total home run as far as I'm concerned.
The story begins when Late Night TV hostess Elvira gets a call that her Aunt Morgana has died and Elvira's in the will.  Hoping to score enough money to jump start an act in Vegas, Elvira sets out for Falwell, Massachusetts to claim her prize.  Cassandra Peterson is perfection as Elvira.  She is a force to be reckoned with and fills every scene she's in with manic energy and perfect comedic timing.  Her nemesis in Falwell is Chastity Pariah, played perfectly by the always delightful Edie McClurg [Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Diff'rent Strokes].  She is the perfect foil for Elvira and their chemistry together is fun to watch.  The rest of the cast is solid as well with characters that are well thought out and fully developed.
Director James Signorelli [Saturday Night Live] keeps the pace moving nicely and clearly knows how to make comedy work onscreen.  He also is successful in finding a good balance between horror and humor, although this film is definitely high on the humor with bits of horror thrown in for good measure, including clips from a number of cult classic horror films.
Granted, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is not Gone With the Wind, but who wants to watch Scarlette pining away for a man she cannot have when you can watch Elvira light up the screen like the burning of Atlanta.  Pure 80's fun.  Not to be missed.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

No comments:

Post a Comment