Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Friday Amazon Watch Party: Elvira - Mistress of the Dark! (1988)
Where: Amazon Watch Party
Day: Friday, 08/21/2020
Time: 8:30 PM Central time
This Friday, we're doing something unthinkable and watching a movie I genuinely really like! Normally, I watch this film annually around Halloween, but I'm not taking the risk they're pulling it from Prime between now and October 1. So we're doing it now, friendos!
It's 1988's Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, a goofy supernatural comedy featuring a lead with two terrific things going for her: acting chops and a terrific sense of comedy.
In the 1980's, Elvira started with a local show in LA hosting creature feature movies, made some appearances on Carson, and went national. I am 90% sure we never got Movie Macabre in the Austin market, but by 1987 or so, she was in beer commercials, guest starring on TV shows and generally everywhere. By 1988, she released a movie, and maybe it didn't do so great at the box office? But over the years, folks have found the movie and watching it now, in a way, it was just ahead of its time.
It's a classic fish-out-of-water story, a journey of self-discovery and has some truly quotable lines (and visuals). If ever you doubted the power of Elvira, this may be your game changer. And you're really gonna want to hang in there for the final sequence. You are not prepared.