As a kid during the 80’s, there were always two things that were guaranteed to happen over the weekend. I would wake up early to watch cartoons, and I would be staying up late to watch a certain raven haired beauty in a cleavage baring dress showcase some awesome B-movies. Elvira’s Movie Macabre was such a great show, not just because of the movies themselves, but Elvira’s sense of humor and comments laced with Innuendo, which I will admit to not understanding when I was a little kid, made it even more fun to watch. So when I heard that she was starring in her own movie, of course I was going to see it. So on with today’s movie, Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark.
The plot: Elvira is trying to get an act in Las Vegas but needs $50,000 for her show to open. When she is informed that she is to receive an inheritance from her great aunt, she heads for the New England town of Falwell where she finds out she has received her aunt’s house, dog, and recipe book. Elvira manages to befriend several of the local teenagers as well as to local theater owner, but the rest of the town feels that she is a bad influence on their strict moral ways. To make matters worse, Elvira’s uncle is feeding the townspeople;s suspicion and hatred towards Elvira in an effort to gain possession of the recipe book, which is actually her aunt’s spellbook. Elvira must find a way to stop her uncle and gain the community’s trust before she finds herself burnt at the stake.
In spite of it getting mixed reviews from critics and doing poorly in the box office, I still like this movie although I will admit it is not a great movie. I mean, it’s Elvira. You know what you are going to get. A lot of puns, some sexual innuendo, and a lot of glimpses of Elvira’s cleavage. It was definitely on the campy side for a horror comedy but I didn’t have a problem with it. Unfortunately, there are also some scenes/lines that I wish I could erase from my memory. Still, there was plenty to laugh about with this movie and I was entertained, which is what I want out of a movie.
So if you want to relive some 80’s camp, then throw this movie in and laugh.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5