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A sloppy slapstick throwback to long gone bottom-of-the-bill fare like The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.
More entertaining than much of the big-studio schlock out there.
While Peterson and her ageless alter ego keep an ironic detachment from the melodramatics, there's no irony in the end-title dedication to Price -- it obviously comes straight from the heart.
The campy results make Mel Brooks' Borscht Belt schtick look sophisticated.
[Star] Cassandra Peterson hasn't lost her wit, edge or... ahem--assets...
Elvira fans could hardly ask for more.
This horror-comedy doesn't go for the usual obvious laughs at the expense of cheap-looking monsters -- unless you count Elvira's hooters.
"Plague. Schmague. I have a show to do in Paris." If that makes you chuckle, Elvira is for you.
Bit late in the day for a sequel isn't it?! the first film came out way back in 88!. Despite the long hiatus Peterson still looks the business I gotta admit. Her two best friends are still big n bold whilst the rest of her still appears to be pretty fit.
As for the film, well its a bit of a change of pace from the first. Where as the first was a light-hearted, slightly cheeky, goofy horror which was at least treated like a proper film. This sequel is more like a British 'Carry On' comedy, kinda leaning towards a spoof with cheesy slapstick, cheesy dialog, cheesy sets, hammy acting and of course lots of childish sexual innuendos...what did you expect?.
It seems to be a prequel if anything as the film is set in the 18th Century in the Carpathian mountains. Elvira and her maid are running from their landlord trying to skip the bill and get picked by a caddish professor who takes them to the local cursed castle. Whilst there various silly things happen as the plot unravels in a 'who dunnit?' type murder mystery/family curse type of thing. Nothing to do with the first film.
Its all very stupid and looks pretty cheap, the only real highlight for me was the rare sight of Richard O'Brien portraying the castles owner Lord Vladimere Hellsubus (great name). Not sure why the cult star has agreed to star in this puerile silliness, I guess a chance to simply let loose and chew up the scenery perhaps.
Influenced by Hammer Horror and Roger Corman films yet much much more B-movie-ish. Its still reasonable fun but I guess you gotta like the character of Elvira, mind you if you like trashy horror/spook flicks then this might appeal also. I quite liked it for the atmosphere and outrageous characters, camp fun.
The Mistress of the Dark is back for another terrifying adventure in Elvira's Haunted Hills. Set in 1851 Carpathia, cabaret performer Elvira is offered food and shelter at a local castle, but she starts to suspect that something mysterious is going on when she discovers that the lord's dead wife looks exactly like her. The film is basically an homage to the Hammer Horror and Vincent Prince films of the '60s, and on that level it sort of works. However, the performances are rather weak, and Elvira's sass and attitude seem out of place in this setting. The directing is also lackluster and doesn't add much to the material. Elvira's Haunted Hills isn't quite as clever or as fun as the first film, but it tries some interesting things and delivers a few laughs.
Elvira's Haunted Hills is a film with an uninspired plot which no amount of cleavage or sexual humor can make up for. In fact, the sexual humor simply worsens the film. I wouldn't recommend this film unless you simply can't get enough of Elvira, and I found out, through this film, that I can.
A very stylish pardoy of the hammer films, loving the tongue in cheek humour!!!!
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