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Week of Fright: Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

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Things will surely get spooky this week, so we’ve decided to kick things off on a lighter note with everyone’s favorite Valley Girl Goth, Elvira!

The Mistress of the Dark got her start as the host of Fright Night, an LA late-night TV classic that screened old goofy sci-fi and horror flicks. Played by Groundlings member, Fellini actress, and general cool girl Cassandra Peterson, Elvira soon gained a loyal following, partly for her sarcastically flippant ditz act, but mostly for her sex appeal. Her plunging neckline showed off the most skin on TV and it paid off.

1988 saw the release of her feature film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Through a series of events, Elvira loses her show, but just in the nick of time an unknown great-aunt dies and leaves her some stuff. All Elvira has to do is show up the stodgy old town of Falwell, Massachussets. She inherits a stereotypical haunted house, a dog she names Gunk and gives a pink mohawk, and a mysterious book of recipes. What a bummer! Elvira’s got spunk though, so she sets to making lemonade from her lemons and even finds a sexy himbo to have some fun with. The plot thickens with the addition of a malevolent great uncle and the discovery that the recipe book isn’t full of casserole dishes – it’s full of spells!

We won’t ruin the ending – but it does involve dancing. Other fun facts: it was co-written by John Paragon, who played a particularly hilarious sex-shop owner in Eating Raoul and features one of our favorite character actresses, Edie McClurg (believe us, you know her). Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is just the kind of Halloween fun we live for – campy, smart in a stupid way, sexy, and fun.