Stern Pinball Introduces Elvira's House Of Horrors Flipper Game Line

Posted On: 10/2/2019

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CHICAGO -- Stern Pinball has launched a line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic character, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark! The game was developed in collaboration with the Whizbang Pinball Studio team of Greg Freres and Dennis Nordman. Greg and Dennis developed the first two Elvira games.

Elvira's House of Horrors pinball machines will be available in Premium, Limited Edition and Signature Edition models.

Stern explained that "the taunting is over and the haunting begins in the third and campiest installment of the Elvira pinball trilogy." [Editor's Note: Bally/Midway produced Elvira and the Party Monsters in 1989 and Scared Stiff in 1996.]

The scenario for the new Stern game involves Elvira's attempt to sell her Gothic mansion through "Alternate Realty." Elvira's house is haunted by the movie characters from her past. These ghouls, ghosts, monsters and other strange vintage characters with horrific acting skills seek revenge on Elvira while she and the player confront them, sending them back to the "film" from which they came.

"Elvira's House of Horrors immerses players in a fun, campy, B-movie universe filled with all of the humor expected from the Mistress of the Dark," Stern said. Features include custom speech and, in a pinball first, exclusive filming of Elvira for custom video scenes presented throughout the game.

The Premium, Limited Edition and Signature Edition models all feature Elvira's "House of Horrors," a frightening Victorian fixer-upper, full of supernatural surprises. Players can gain access to the mansion through the front door, the cellar, or through the garage -- which is guarded by a gravestone drop-target. An orchestra of color-changing RGB lights accentuates the house, in sync with the different "House Haunts" featured throughout the game. Lighted windows and a spinning attic turret track players' progression on their pinball journey.

Not only is there a haunted mansion; there is a mausoleum, too. The Deadhead Family Crypt houses a variety of characters that need to be awakened by applying a steel silver ball to their heads. This interactive crypt will keep players on their toes, with the Crypt entrance unleashing balls from a separate location and becoming a physical bash toy. And with Elvira's pending move after her (hopeful) home sale, the interactive Elvira's "Junk in the Trunk" toy allows players to lock balls for a frantic two-ball multiball.

"It was a pleasure to work directly with the Mistress of the Dark on this third collaboration," said Gary Stern, chairman and chief executive officer of Stern Pinball. "Elvira's House of Horrors pinball is a haunting fun time!

The Limited Edition model is limited to 400 units globally. It includes additional unique features such as a sequentially numbered plaque, an exclusive mirrored backglass, exclusive custom-themed cabinet artwork, a custom autographed bottom arch, exclusive custom art blades, anti-reflection pinball glass, and a shaker motor.

The extremely collectible Signature Edition model is limited to 50 units globally. It includes all the features of the Limited Edition game, plus special hyper-chrome embossed cabinet decals, a personally autographed Elvira collectible trading card with cover and mounting, and a signed Elvira certificate of authenticity that includes a swatch of fabric from Elvira's iconic red velvet sofa.

Complementing the immersive theme and exciting gameplay experience, Stern Pinball's Spike electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the video display. Spike reduces system complexity and energy use, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing. The state-of-the-art electronic system also powers a high-fidelity, three-channel audio system that is three times more powerful than audio systems of previous generations.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Premium Model is $7,900, and $9,500 for the Limited Edition. The price of the Signature Edition is available upon request; interested parties are invited to call and inquire.

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN: New from Stern Pinball is the Elvira: House of Horrors line of flipper games. From left are the Premium, Limited and Signature Editions.