Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

US movie (1988). New World/NBC/Queen "B" Productions. Pr Eric Gardner, Mark Pierson. Exec pr Michael Rachmil. Dir James Signorelli. Spfx Dennis Dion, Rich Ratliff. Screenplay Sam Egan, John Paragon, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira). Starring Elvira (Elvira), Daniel Greene (Bob), Susan Kellermann (Patty), Edie McClurg (Chastity Pariah), W Morgan Sheppard (Vincent Talbot). 96 mins. Colour.

Neo-Goth tv presenter of late-night B-movies Elvira inherits her aunt's house in Fallwell, New England. Arriving, she finds herself reviled by the adults in the puritanical small town, but loved by its adolescents and lusty swain Bob. She discovers, too, that her aunt was a powerful white Witch: Elvira has inherited also her powers and her grimoire. Necromantic Uncle Vincent yearns for the Book, and watches happily as his niece faces burning for witchcraft. But she is saved in the nick of time to receive the Las Vegas debut of her lifelong dreams . . .

EMOTD is a romp, often pleasurably tasteless, and a fine, knowing Parody of the Horror genre, notably of the alienation of its settings and circumstances from anything remotely resembling real life (except, perhaps, religious fundamentalism). [JG]

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