Elvira Loves Halloween
Is she trampy, campy, or just plain vampy? Elvira, everyone’s favorite Mistress of the Dark, is one sexy gal with a razor-sharp wit. One thing is for sure–Elvira loves Halloween and classic horror films.
Just what image conjures up in your brain when you think of Elvira? For me it’s just plain old fashioned fun. I loved watching Elvira on the boob tube when she hosted those awful horror classics each weekend. She was always a hoot. Was it hokey? You betcha. A bit trampy? Oh, yes. Campy? No doubt. Vampy? All the way!
Elvira made television fun to watch again. Even if the horror movies she hosted were awful. It didn’t matter a bit. Elvira’s die-hard fans tuned in week after week.
FOX tried to replace Elvira a few years back and couldn’t find another valley girl vamp who measured up to Cassandra Peterson’s sexy alter ego. As if! There is and always will be just one Elvira. The Vamp of Camp loves Halloween, and knows how to celebrate in style with her favorite horror classics.
Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Coffin Collection
Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark hosts more than 38 hours of frightful fun in her inimitable style. She’s so beautiful, you won’t even notice how bad the films are. Fans will enjoy 26 B-Movie horror classics on 13 DVD’s, cleverly packaged in a collectible tin coffin.
Cassandra Peterson on Elvis Presley
I started off as Vegas’ youngest showgirl and, if it were not for Elvis, I might be Vegas’ oldest showgirl. Thanks to Elvis, I moved and got my career going in a different direction … I don’t think any other person could have told me to leave Vegas and quit being a showgirl that I would have listened to.
The One and Only Elvira
Cassandra Peterson will forever be known for her alter ego Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The actress gained fame when Los Angeles station KHJ-TV sought a hostess for Midnight Madness, a weekly horror movie presentation. The “Sassy Lassie with the Classy Chassis” auditioned for the job along with 200 other actresses, and was offered the role for $300 per week.
Viewers embraced the valley girl vamp, and some probably even watched the B-movie horror flicks she hosted. Elvira’s quick wit and tight black cleavage-enhancing gown kept viewers coming back for more. Valspeak was like totally effortless for Cassandra Peterson. The actress had created a valley girl character years earlier while a member of The Groundlings, an improvisational troupe based in Los Angeles.
Cassandra Peterson’s Elvira persona evolved from an obscure cult figure to a lucrative brand. The Elvira image has been associated with many products, including movies, comic books, action figures, trading cards, calendars, perfume, and dolls. Elvira loves Halloween and her sexy costumes are popular with both women and men.
Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Giant Monsters
Beware of Elvira’s Giant … Monsters
Elvira loves Halloween movies. Multi-feature sets are a perfect choice for Halloween party viewing. Elvira’s frightfully funny monster collection includes four B-movie classics. Here’s the lineup: “Teenagers from Outer Space,” “Giant Gila Monster,” “Attack of the Giant Leeches,” and “Monster from a Prehistoric Planet.” If you enjoy giant lizards and slimy prehistoric beasts you won’t be disappointed.
Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Bloody Madness
Roger Corman fans will enjoy watching his 1959 beatnik horror classic “A Bucket of Blood.” Broadway star and likable game show host Bert Convy plays an undercover cop in the dark comic satire. The other three movies in this set are less well known–“The Killer Shrews,” “Manos: The Hands of Fate,” and “Don’t Look in the Basement.” According to some of the reviews, “Manos” is a film so bad, not even Elvira and her charms can save it.
Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Wild Women
Don’t be fooled by the hype. “Never Before Seen Episodes” really means two of these horror films are so bad they never aired on Movie Macabre. However, if you’re a Roger Corman fan you’ll surely enjoy his cameo appearance as a doctor in “The Wasp Woman.” The femme fatale movie series also includes “Hercules and the Captive Women,” “Untamed Women,” and “The Wild Women of Wongo.” Stinkers all round, if the reviews are to be believed. Once again, Elvira’s snappy repartee saves the day.
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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
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Movie Macabre Double Features
Enjoy these Horrible, er uh, Horror Classics
What? Saturday night and no date? Settle in for a double feature with the vamp of camp. It’s hard to choose just one favorite horror film, but there’s something to please everyone in the Movie Macabre lineup. Elvira loves Halloween B-movies. The Mistress of the Dark’s double feature collections will provide the perfect background atmosphere at your next Halloween party. Best of all, these chilling classics are just dripping with suspense.
Night of the Living Dead
I Eat Your Skin
Cassandra Peterson had a hard time coming up with jokes about “Night of the Living Dead” because she loves the movie and didn’t want to make too much fun of it. George A. Romero’s 1968 masterpiece was one of the first films to put zombies on the map. Also on the menu is “I Eat Your Skin,” a culinary expedition to cannibalistic Voo Doo Island. Bon appétit!
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter
Elvira loves Halloween movies, especially when they’re about Dr. Frankenstein. This film duo features descendants of the mad scientist. “Lady Frankenstein” is a 1971 Italian horror film starring accomplished actor Joseph Cotten and Mickey Hargitay, who attained the title of Mr. Universe in 1955. “Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter” takes us south of the border where the notorious outlaw Jesse James faces off against the Frankenstein family.
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
One reviewer stated that these two films aren’t half bad. The problem is, they’re not half good either. Elvira keeps everyone laughing with her double entendres and silliness. That’s what really counts. Among the two films, viewers seem to prefer “The Manster,” about a man who sprouts a second head. Yuck! “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” is yet another classic in the mad scientist genre, loaded with cheesy special effects.
The Satanic Rites of Dracula
The Werewolf of Washington
“The Satanic Rites of Dracula” marked Christopher Lee’s final appearance as Count Dracula in a series of Hammer Horror films inspired by Bram Stoker’s novel. Peter Cushing also reprises his role as Van Helsing. In “The Werewolf of Washington” Elvira decides to run for political office while Dean Stockwell wreaks havoc on the nation’s capitol. Make Halloween great again … Elvira for president!
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Beast from Haunted Cave
Elvira loves Halloween, but Christmas comes in at a close second. You know a movie is really bad when it’s featured on both Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Elvira’s Movie Macabre. The honor goes to “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” a flick that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. Interestingly the second offering, “Beast from Haunted Cave,” has nothing to do with Christmas. However, this Roger Corman cult classic does feature a horrible, spider-like monster. Even if the films stink, Elvira’s sexy “Santa” outfit is hot enough to melt mountains of snow.
Scared to Death
Dead women tell no tales. Or do they? Bela Lugosi stars in “Scared to Death,” a 1947 thriller involving a hypnotist and a mysterious figure in a green mask. The movie has the distinction of being Bela Lugosi’s first horror film presented in glorious color. In “Tormented” a man allows an old girlfriend to fall to her death, thus freeing him up to marry a society girl. His plan backfires when the former flame’s ghost returns to disrupt her killer’s impending nuptials. Will he make it to the altar in one piece? You’ll just have to tune in and see.
A very young and handsome Jack Nicholson stars in “The Terror,” another dark thriller produced by Roger Corman. Horror film royalty takes center stage. Boris Karloff himself stars as the mysterious Baron Von Leppe. “The Terror” was so low budget that fledgling actor Jack Nicholson was granted permission to direct the film’s climatic flood scene. Also assisting on the production was a newbie director named Francis Ford Coppola. Next up is “Eegah!” Poor Eegah is just a lonely caveman looking for love–even if he has to drag it kicking and screaming into his cave. Richard “Jaws” Kiel has the title role in this Cro-Magnon classic.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
The Queen of the B’s Who’s Always Ready to Please
People come up to me at conventions and say, ‘I was such an outcast, I felt like such a geek, and when I saw you, you made me feel like such a normal person.’ It’s my favorite thing to hear, because that’s how I felt when I was a kid. If Goth would’ve been around, I would’ve definitely been Goth. But there wasn’t such a thing, so I was just weird.
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- 1 Elvira Loves Halloween
- 2 Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Coffin Collection
- 3 Cassandra Peterson
- 4 Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Giant Monsters
- 5 Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Bloody Madness
- 6 Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Wild Women
- 7 Elvira Halloween Costumes
- 8 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
- 9 Movie Macabre Double Features
- 10 Night of the Living Dead
- 11 I Eat Your Skin
- 12 Lady Frankenstein
- 13 Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter
- 14 The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
- 15 The Manster
- 16 The Satanic Rites of Dracula
- 17 The Werewolf of Washington
- 18 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
- 19 Beast from Haunted Cave
- 20 Scared to Death
- 21 Tormented
- 22 The Terror
- 23 Eegah!
- 24 Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
- 25 My Heart Belongs to Elvira
- 26 The Origin of Elvira
- 27 Elvira Halloween Makeup
- 28 Halloween Fun Shopping