Hold on to your hats — or your Halloween masks, anyway. EW can exclusively reveal that the 1988 horror-comedy Elvira, Mistress of the Dark will finally premiere on Blu-ray on April 24.
In the movie, Elvira (a.k.a. actress Cassandra Peterson) quits her job as a horror host after being sexually harassed by the station’s new owner and forms a plan to start her own show in the heart of Las Vegas. Upon learning that her great-aunt Morgana has passed away, Elvira travels to the town of Falwell to claim her inheritance, only to find herself stranded when her Macabre Mobile’s engine blows up. Will she become Las Vegas’ next big dance sensation? Or get burned alive at the stake?
This new version of the movie was scanned from the original interpositive using a 4K scanner and will be available as part of a collector’s edition 3-disc set, comprising two Blu-rays and a PAL DVD, limited to just 3,000 copies. Purchasers of the 3-disc mediabook will have a choice between three variant front-cover designs: the original theatrical artwork, the promotional press kit artwork, and an all-new commissioned retro-inspired piece by German horror director Andreas Marschall. Each variant is limited to 1,000 units. Blu-ray extras will include an introduction by director James Signorelli, a new documentary called Too Macabre — The Making of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, a featurette on the film’s special effects team, three never-before-released behind-the-scenes clips, seven original storyboard sequences, trailers, the film’s script, and a stills gallery. The set also features three commentaries: a 2012 track featuring Peterson and costars Edie McClurg and John Paragon, and new commentaries with Signorelli (hosted by former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone) and with elviramistressofthedark.com webmaster Patterson Lundquist. Finally, an illustrated 60-page booklet with never-before-seen production stills and international artwork is also included in the package. The movie is being released by Cinespectral Films.
“Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was a fantastic experience, one of the happiest times of life,” Peterson told EW last year. “Writing that film was just the best with my writing partners Sam Egan and John Paragon. It was the most fun time I think I’ve ever had in my life.”
Peterson also revealed that Brad Pitt almost had a role in the film.
“We were looking for the teenagers, and Brad Pitt came in and auditioned,” she said. “I know exactly why he didn’t get the part. I said to everybody there, ‘If this guy was one of the teenagers, Bob, my boyfriend in the movie, would not stand a chance. There’s no way Elvira’s going to be in a room with this kid and not jump on him.’ I remember we had little notes that we had to keep on each person, and on the paper where I made my notes for Brad, all I wrote was ‘Yum yum.'”
The 3-disc set will be available to preorder through the movie2shop website.
Watch a preview of Too Macabre — The Making of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, below.