Let's face it, with Accolade/Horror Soft's new "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" you pretty much know before you start what you're in for: every horror movie convention since Igor first hooked up the electricity, plus the wise-cracking midnight movie madame. Art, as Elvira might say, this ain't. But what do you want for 60 bucks? Stephen King?
If only for its self-mocking tone, "Elvira" is a canine tooth ahead of plenty of other role-playing fantasy games. But, like Elvira herself, this British-produced fright night has a couple of worth while points. The story is no weaker than most fantasies, and the game can be technically impressive. There is a lot going on here.
The plot revolves around the reanimation of Elvira's long dead great-great-grandmother, Lady Emelda, and her minions of ghosts, ghouls and other assorted zombie types. They have imprisoned Elvira in Killbragant castle, which our heroine had hoped to turn into a B&B.
You get the drift. Dispatch the bad guys, find the secret scroll, zap the old lady back to hell and win Elvira's undulating devotion.