Elvira's Haunted Hills
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A foolish choice to hitch a ride on a stage coach lands them in Weird Central, where the family is cursed, the Master of the House (played by Rocky Horror's Richard O'Brien) is a lunatic, and Elvira apparently bears a striking (like a frying pan across the head) resemblance to the House's late lady, Elura who was said to have committed suicide exactly ten years to the day. However one is lead to believe foul play was involved, that one happens to be Elvira.
Can Elvira survive this creepy castle and its inhabitants for two full days and nights? Will she escape and make it to Paris? Or will she suffer the same fate of Elura Helsebus?
This movie pays fiendishly fun homage to the old Corman/Poe, Vincent Price flicks of the 1950's. Complete with dramatic sets, secret passages, curses, wall entombment and even a pit complete with full swinging (and actually dangerous just ask Elvira) pendulum.
While Elvira fans will find this gothic romp a hilarious hay ride, non Elvira fans are sure to find something to enjoy. Besides Elvira's gravity defying pair this movie actually proves to hold up against today's market of CGI laden movies, with Hollywood big names and multi million dollar budgets.
All said and done, Elvira's Haunted Hills are definitely worth surveying. Mr. Price would be proud.
Elvira plays a buxom ingenue named Elvira (what else?) traveling through the Carpathian Mountains of Romania with her faithful maid (Mary Jo Smith). It's a treacherous journey, to be sure, but she must make it to Paris to captivate society with her dubious singing ability. After a bit of slapstick mayhem, she hitches a ride with a dashing doctor who takes her for a stay in a nearby castle. Bad mistake! The estate is inhabited by a deranged Lord (Richard O'Brien of Rocky Horror fame), his second wife, a plucky niece, and a hunky handyman. Elvira is the spitting image of the Lord's first wife. And as the circumstances of her death seem shrouded in mystery, Elvira's brassy presence is a bit off-putting to everyone involved. Of course, aficionados of this type of film will delight in the expected plot rendered through a new vision of silliness.Read more ›
ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS was made in Transylvania on a cobweb of a budget of a $1 million dollars in 1999 (or was it 2000?), as compared to the big studio ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK which cost $14 million back in 1987. You wouldn't have known it as the films sets, look, and atmosphere that was captured often excels Elvira's first feature and more than matches the films it pays homage to in gothic grandure. What has unfortunitely been missed by the casual fan and audience member who are not familiar with the source material from which it is pulled from is how well ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS pays a campy homage to the Vincent Price, Roger Corman, Edgar Allen Poe films of the 1960s. To have the Elvira character forever imprinted in the 1850's period composite of the story/themes is absolutely perfect - the brilliance of this idea and how well it was pulled together often tragically goes unreconized to most viewers.
With all the new special features we learn of the many details, drama, and delirium that enshrowded this crazy cauldron of comedy. While it was mostly exciting and fun for the cast and crew we learn it was most strenuous for its star Cassandra (Elvira) Peterson. This being an independant venture meant that she wore many hats (witches no doubt!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm just glad I finally own this movie. I've looked up to Elvira since I was a kid and now that I found out she can do weddings in Vegas.....Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not as funny as the first but I still love the Mistress of the Dark!Published 3 months ago by Deseray R.
Was very disappointed when I got the package. Opened the plastic and it rips whole cover off and backing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rebecca Hale