Elvira's Haunted Hills
Elvira's Haunted Hills is a 2001 American comedy horror film directed by Sam Irvin and written by Cassandra Peterson and John Paragon. It is the second film starring Peterson in the title role (credited as Elvira), after the 1988 theatrical release Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. The film also stars Richard O'Brien and Mary Scheer.
|Elvira's Haunted Hills|
|Directed by||Sam Irvin|
|Produced by||Mark Pierson|
|Music by||Eric Allaman|
|Edited by||Stephen Myers|
|Distributed by||The Elvira Movie Company|
The film opened on the 5 July 2001 weekend at the Laemmle Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles after premiering at the International Rocky Horror Fan Convention on 23 June 2001. It was released direct-to-video on 31 October 2002.
In 1851 in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, Elvira and her maidservant Zou Zou (Mary Jo Smith), on their way to a can-can revue in Paris, get kicked out of an inn for a slight monetary discrepancy. After making their way out of the village, they are rescued by Dr. Bradley Bradley (Scott Atkinson), who takes them to stay at Castle Hellsubus, in the hills high above the village. While there, Elvira meets the residents—and discovers that she happens to resemble the deceased former wife of his Lordship the Count Vladimere Hellsubus.
- Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Lady Elura Hellsubus
- Richard O'Brien as Lord Vladimere Hellsubus
- Mary Scheer as Lady Ema Hellsubus
- Scott Atkinson as Dr. Bradley Bradley
- Gabriel Andronache as Adrian
- Mary Jo Smith as Zou Zou
- Heather Hopper as Lady Roxanna Hellsubus
- Remus Cernat as Nicholai Hellsubus
- Lucia Maier as the maid
- Jerry Jackson as the English gentleman
- Theodor Danetti as the innkeeper
The film was privately funded without the use of a film studio. Peterson and her then-husband Mark Pierson mortgaged their house and apartment building to raise $1 million and obtained additional funds from relatives. It was filmed in Transylvania, Romania, and promoted at film festivals and horror/sci-fi conventions. The film parodies the Roger Corman-directed Edgar Allan Poe films of the early 1960s, and is dedicated to Vincent Price. The film also parodies British horror films from Hammer Studios. Mention of this is made on the featurette contained within the DVD of the film. Scott Atkinson's character is clearly evocative of Price, who starred in many of the Poe films.
- Ryon, Ruth (17 November 2014). "Like Night and Day". Los Angeles Times.
- IMDB 2002 Provincetown International Film Festival