Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) (Arrow Video) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
Director: James Signorelli
Starring: Cassandra Peterson, Larry “Flash” Jenkins, Edie McClurg

Elvira, the wise-cracking vamp wants to take her act from the little screen to the glitzy stages of Las Vegas. So it seems a stroke of luck when her great-aunt Morgana dies and, despite having no prior knowledge of the relative, she is a beneficiary of the woman’s will. Thus Elvira makes the journey to Falwell, Massachusetts to stake claim to her inheritance, but is disappointed when she learns that she has only inherited a dilapidated house, a poodle and a cook book, and finds the conservative folk of Falwell are reticent to welcome a sexed-up and unconventional woman like her. To compound this she is accused of being a witch! Elvira discovers the evil force in the town and finds that only she has the power to stop it’s plans.

If you are a fan of Elvira then I’m sure a movie like Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is right up your ally. I’ve always been a Joe Bob fan myself, but I will admit that I at least found Elvira extremely hot and she puts all of that together with her wit to make this weird and silly horror-comedy from 1988 that is way more comedy than it is horror. Elvira heads off to a town away from the city where her aunt has died and left things to her. One of those things being a cook book that is more than a cook book that her uncle wants. On top of all of that, she has to deal with the town folk who don’t take too kindly to people like her running around letting most of her stuff hang out. Like I said before, it’s silly, but it’s also harmless. I would even go as far as to call it fun, even if I will admit that it isn’t the type of movie I’d call my type of movie. If anything, it’s a prime example of what you’d find in 1988.

Stepping away from the old Midnight movie madness DVDs and Blu-ray this was released on back in the day, Arrow gives this one a whole new makeover and makes it look way better than it looked before. It is also crammed with some nice extras that you also never did find on the older versions. So if you are looking for Elvira in her best in HD then you will want to see her here, even if the movie might not be one you’ll want to pop in the Blu-ray player often. I like it enough to give it the nod, but it’s a little too comedic in spots for me. Yet I don’t think anyone has a problem looking at Elvira as she does her over the top stuff. It’s a predictable story but the story isn’t the main selling point here anyway.


  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of original film elements
  • Original uncompressed stereo 2.0 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by director James Signorelli
  • 2017 Audio Commentary with director James Signorelli, hosted by Fangoria editor emeritus Tony Timpone
  • 2017 Audio Commentary with Patterson Lundquist, www.elviramistressofthedark.com webmaster and judge of US TV show The Search for the Next Elvira
  • Too Macabre – The Making of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark – newly-revised 2018 version of this feature-length documentary on the making of the film, including interviews with various cast and crew and rare never-before-seen archival material
  • Recipe for Terror: The Creation of the Pot Monster – newly-revised 2018 version of this featurette on the concept and design of the pot monster, as well as the film’s other SFX
  • Original storyboards
  • Extensive image galleries
  • Original US theatrical and teaser trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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