Trailer Terrors: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Though she wasn't the first actress to don the black fingernails and pallid complexion in the name of horror, Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) was the first to achieve national syndication and pop culture stature with her busty bevy of fright flicks and horror host appearances. Having enticed young adolescent boys the world over, it would seem that Elvira still hasn't lost her bite with a reality tv show in 2007 and a music video in 2009 for hillbilly horror band Ghoultown (directed by Gris Grimly).

This Trailer Terror takes us back to Elvira's first feature film and perhaps her springboard for super-scaredom, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. A campy, kooky parody that poked fun at the high ideals of puritanism and Hollywood horror, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark follows the horror hostess as she loses her job to a sleazy tv producer and subsequently finds herself the inheritor of her Great-Aunt Morgana. Horror-inspired hi jinks ensue as Elvira must defend her Great-Aunt's book of magic from her evil Great-Uncle Vincent (William Morgan Sheppard). In the end, it definitely carries that "80s vibe" with more emphasis on witty puns than solid storytelling.

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