Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

1988-Elviramistressofthedarkposter-WikipediaElvira, Mistress of the Dark is an American comedy horror film. Cassandra Peterson plays the role of horror hostess Elvira in the character’s feature film debut.

Elvira makes her Big Scream Debut in her Hot New Comedy.

Released September 30, 1988 (US)

When a chauvinist millionaire buys the television network where the sexy Elvira is the horror hostess of a late show, she quits her job with the intention of producing her own show in Las Vegas. However, the producers demand $50,000 from her and Elvira does not have the money. Out of the blue, she receives a telegram informing that her great-aunt Morgana died and she has an inheritance to receive. Elvira drives to the uptight town of Fallwell, Massachusetts, where her convertible breaks down. While repairing her convertible, Elvira inherits an archaic mansion, a recipe book and a poodle. Her great-uncle Vincent Talbot proposes to buy her book, but the poodle hides it in the sofa. Meanwhile, the conservative council of Fallwell feels uncomfortable with Elvira’s clothes and behavior and does not let her find a job. But cinema owner Bob Redding and the local teenagers help Elvira. When she decides to cook a dinner to impress Bob, she uses Morgana’s recipe and finds that it is indeed a spell book that belonged to her mother Divana. Further, Morgana has protected her from the warlock Vincent that wants the book to take over the world and destroy Elvira, who is a powerful witch. When Elvira refuses to sell the spell book to Vincent, he convinces the council that she is a witch that must be burned at the stake. How will Elvira stop the evil warlock Vincent? [IMDb*]

Notable Cast

  • Cassandra Peterson, “Elvira” / “Aunt Morgana Talbot”
  • W. Morgan Sheppard, “Great-Uncle Vincent Talbot”
  • Edie McClurg , “Chastity Pariah”
  • Kurt Fuller, “Mr. Glotter”
  • Jeff Conaway, “Travis”
  • William Duell, “Lesley Meeker”
  • Frank Welker, voice of “Algonquin”

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“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1988) by the Hollies is UK No 1

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“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (1969), 1988 re-release

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” is a ballad that became a worldwide hit for The Hollies. When originally released in 1969, it reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

The song, paired with rarity “Carrie”, was re-released on August 22, 1988 [45cat*] in the UK following its use in a television advertisement for Miller Lite beer. It reached the No. 1 spot in the UK chart for two weeks on chart date September 24, 1988.

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1988 Performance

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Hot City Nights by Various Artists was the UK’s No 1 album

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Hot City Nights (1988) by Various Artists

Hot City Nights is compilation album released on the Vertigo label in 1988, featuring artists such as Queen, Heart, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Pat Benatar and Big Country.

The album topped the UK Albums Chart for one week on chart date September 24, 1988.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Channel 4, 1988-1999)

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Whose Line is it Anyway? (1988-1999), titlecard

Whose Line is it Anyway? is a short-form improvisational comedy television show hosted by Clive Anderson. Originally a British radio programme for the BBC, it became a television show when the concept was bought up by Channel 4, premiering on September 23, 1988, and running for ten series until its finale on February 4, 1999. The show consists of a panel of four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games, many taken from theatresports. Topics for the games are based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host. The show itself ostensibly takes on the form of a game show, in which the host arbitrarily assigns points and likewise chooses a winner at the end of each episode, though with the “game show” format merely a part of the show’s comedy.

The programme itself featured a variety of comedians from across Britain, Canada and the United States, who took part, including Stephen Fry, John Sessions, Paul Merton, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Sandi Toksvig, Greg Proops, Tony Slattery, Mike McShane, Stephen Frost, and Jim Sweeney.

The success of the format influenced a few international versions, including an American version of the same name – aired by ABC between 1999 and 2007.

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September 15, 1988: Target Books publish Doctor Who – The Ultimate Foe

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The Ultimate Foe by Pip & Jane Baker (1988)

The Ultimate Foe was a novelisation, written by Pip & Jane Baker, based on the 1986 television story The Ultimate Foe.

Snatched out of time and space and brought before the Time Lords on Gallifrey, the Sixth Doctor is on trial for his life.

While the Doctor asserts that the evidence of the Matrix, the repository of all Time Lord knowledge, has been tampered with, the mysterious and vengeful prosecuting council, the Valeyard, is confident that the Doctor will be sentenced to death.

In a dramatic intervention the Valeyard’s true identity is revealed but he escapes from the courtroom into the Matrix, and it is into this nightmare world that the Doctor must follow – to face his ultimate foe …

Published Sep 15, 1988 (hardcover & paperback)

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September 12, 1988: Stoppit and Tidyup clean up on BBC1

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Stoppit and Tidyup (1988)

Stoppit and Tidyup was a British children’s animated cartoon series originally broadcast by the BBC in 1988. The stories feature two protagonists, Stoppit and Tidyup, interacting with various other characters in the mythical land of Do As You’re Told. Each episode was five minutes in length and narrated by Terry Wogan. The series was partly funded by The Tidy Britain Group.

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September 12, 1988: The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice is published

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The Queen of the Damned (1988) by Anne Rice [first edition]
The Queen of the Damned is a horror novel by American writer Anne Rice, the third in her The Vampire Chronicles series. It follows Interview with the Vampire (1976) and The Vampire Lestat (1985). This novel is a continuation of the story that ends in a cliffhanger in The Vampire Lestat and explores the rich history and mythology of the origin of the vampires, which dates back to Ancient Egypt.

A feature film version, which included elements from The Vampire Lestat was released in 2002.

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