AWESOME-tober-fest 2019: Elvira video games

Awesometoberfest 2019

So, the last few days I’ve covered Elvira’s pop culture appearances in movies, TV shows, and comic books.  Today, let’s take a look at her appearances in a few video games.

Elvira by Accolade was a PC game from 1990. It followed the events of the 1988 movie, Elvira Mistress of the Dark.  After the death of her Uncle Vincent (spoilers for the movie! Sorry!), Elvira has inherited the castle and plans on opening it as a tourist attraction for horror fans. In doing so, Elvira has inadvertently awakened the monstrous followers of a powerful witch, Emelda. The followers have imprisoned Elvira in the castle and plan to use her to resurrect Emelda. The player is tasked to help Elvira stop the witch’s resurrection.

Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus was the 1991 sequel to the above game. It seems a bit odd to me that the previous game was successful enough to get a sequel, it’s named ELVIRA, and yet Elvira is barely on the cover. If you look close she’s in the lower left.  Well, that may be because the main character is Elvira’s boyfriend.  And the task is to save Elvira.  The player must navigate through a horror studio that has had it’s movie props turned into actual monstrosities.

Elvira was also the star of two pinball machines from Midway (images from Internet Pinball Machine Database).

Elvira and the Party Monsters was released in 1989. It was one of the first pinball machines to require 2 quarters instead of one. The flyers for the machine announced this by saying that “Elvira is no cheap date”. Scared Stiff was released in 1996 and since pinball wasn’t as popular then as it was in 1989, that table is a bit harder to find. Both Midway machines offered vendors a special “modesty decal” that they could optionally attach to the backglass to cover up Elvira’s famous cleavage.

Tomorrow is the final day of Elvira Week(s) and I plan on reviewing Elvira’s second movie, Haunted Hills.

Also, check out the blog Countdown to Halloween for more Halloween-y, bloggy AWESOMEness.


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