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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) – Episode 172 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“Listen, young lady. I don’t know who you are or where you came from, but you most certainly don’t fit in this town. Why, you don’t even fit in that dress.” Well, that wasn’t a very nice thing to say. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they experience the media phenomena known as Elvira in Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 172 – Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.


Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is Bill’s pick and it is a first-time watch for him. He did enjoy the watch and even though it’s a bad movie, Elvira is a great, compelling character and Cassandra Peterson knows that character inside and out. It might not be a surprise that Crystal loves everything about Elvira and watches this film 2 or 3 times each year. For her, it’s lighthearted and silly and super dumb and super good. Lilly Munster meets The Addams Family meets Henny Youngman is how Chad sees Elvira and he’s a big fan as well. As another first time viewer, Jeff agrees it’s an enjoyable, fun movie and he loved all the good character actors supporting Cassandra Peterson.

If you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it for a while, check it out! You know you want to! As of this writing, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is available to stream on Shudder, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Arrow Films.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Society (1989).

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.