OK, so the movie …
OK, so the movie … the movie was as campy as you would expect. If your one who relies on reviews for telling you what to see … well, you should slap yourself silly for doing that. Sometimes the surprise isn’t in NOT knowing what to expect, its when you know what to expect, and get a slightly different spin on it than what you were anticipating. Elvira does not break new ground in this movie. She pays homage to several of the greats of our time: Vincent Price, Roger Corman, Edgar Allan Poe, etc … you get the idea. Put all that in a blender, add a healthy dose of modern comedic stylings, and you get Elvira. She fills a void that is sorely lacking in modern cinema … the TRUE B-Movie! That’s what this is, and to those who get that concept, this is a welcome addition.
With the inclusion of Richard O’Brien, this movie invites a lot of comparisons to Rocky in terms of B-Movie greatness. Its obviously not quite to that caliber, although this movie is BEGGING for an audience participation test run. Whatever has to happen to get this movie in Southpoint, it should be done. Much of the individual actors were either written to be a little too over-the-top or stereotypes to really say whether they were great or not, but the two that stole the show for me:
Mary Jo Smith as “Zou Zou.” Great comedic releif in a movie that really wasn’t in need of it. Yet the character was really done well and performed to perfection. In looking over Mary Jo’s credits, I’m sitting here shaking my head as to why she hasn’t done bigger and better things.
Heather Hopper as “Roxana Hellsubus.” Yes, an over-the-top role, but this is the kind of role I see too many people doing a horrible job of (Chris Elliot in Scary Movie 2 comes to mind). This was a role I expected little of, but proved worthwhile in the end.
As for Elvira and O’Brien (and to his credit, Scott Atkinson), they all did bang-up jobs as well. Hopefully, this won’t be the last we see of the Elvira genre. Heck, I might reconsider that $50 price if it comes down to a personal appearance by Elvira herself. Given her age, I have my doubts as to how long she can pull off the look, but this movie did a nice job of making the shapely vixen look several years younger. It might even be a little nice to see Peterson graduate her character in age a bit sooner or later. Hell, she’ll still be worth the $7.50 ticket price at 75, so who am I kidding. I can just as easily see her in the same damn outfit then, trying to convince the world that its the same vamp who graced the screen in my teen years.
Guess I oughtta find some rating system to ackowledge the greatness contained in celluloid: Let’s say it was 9 Interviews with a Vampire out of 10. How’s that?