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Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark Blu-ray Steelbook Review

Cassandra Peterson carries “Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark.”

After being fired from her TV show, Elvira is hoping to land a Vegas show. Unfortunately, she needs 50 grand to help finance it. Conveniently, Elvira ends up getting an inheritance from her great Aunt, but she has to travel to a small Massachusetts town to claim it. She ends up inheriting her house, a dog, and a cookbook (which is more than it seems) that is coveted by her suspicious uncle Vincent. Elvira hopes to sell the house, but she is rubbing the prudish town the wrong way (aside from the local hunk Bob and a group of teenagers). Can she get the 50 grand? What is so special about the cookbook? Will Elvira learn about her family history? You’ll have to see for yourself.

1988’s “Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark” has become a cult comedy over the years and it’s not hard to see why. Director James Signorelli’s cheeseball 80’s movie is filled with breast jokes, one-liners, sight gags, sexual innuendos, tongue-in-cheek humor, parodies (ala “Flashdance”) and even a dash of horror. More than though, it’s led by a tremendously charming Cassandra Peterson as the voluptuous, wisecracking title character. Elvira may primarily be known as one of the all-time great horror hosts, but she proved she can lead a movie too. She has a lot of charisma and elevates an otherwise throwaway story.

Speaking of the script by Sam Egan, John Paragon and Cassandra Peterson, the story isn’t exactly anything special. While Elvira’s background is explored (which is the most engaging part), the plot mostly serves as an excuse for Elvira to turn a town upside down with her antics. And that’s OK because it’s still a fun movie that will appeal to its demographic at the end of the day.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The restoration is from a 4K scan and the results are mixed. Some shots look really sharp while others appear overly fuzzy for my taste. 

Audio Track: Uncompressed 2.0. How does it sound? The audio fares better here with a surprisingly lively track.

Extras:
* Director’s intro
* A booklet with credits, photos, an intro by Sam Irvin, essays by Kat Ellinger and Patterson Lundquist
* Theatrical and teaser trailers
* Production stills, behind the scenes, SFX, Original Storyboards, New York Premiere and Miscellaneous image galleries.
* 3 commentaries. One by Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg and John Paragon, one by director James Signorelli and Tony Timpone and one by Elvira webmaster Patterson Lundquist
* “Recipe For Terror: The Creation Of The Pot Monster”- Self-explanatory
* “Too Macabre- The Making Of Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark”- A 2018 97 minute revised documentary with interviews, film clips, and stories of the film’s production.

May 8, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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