by Eric Diaz
It’s been quite a year for Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The iconic horror hosting legend just celebrated forty years in the business, her 70th birthday, and released a memoir entitled Yours Cruelly, Elvira. And now she appears to have completed her medical degree. For this year’s “Netflix & Chills” spooky season promotion, the streaming giant has brought “the hostess with the mostest” on board to play “Dr. Elvira.” Every Sunday, she’ll be dropping a new video with her “macabre prescription” of Netflix & Chills. You can watch a teaser for this special Halloween promotion right here:
According to the good doctor, “stress and fear cause restlessness. That means heart-pounding thrillers can combat stress because they elicit a shock response.” We imagine the former Movie Macabre host will give everyone the tea about the Netflix & Chills selection for the year. As part of the month-long festivities, a new horror movie is coming from Netflix every Wednesday. Among these films are There’s Someone Inside Your House, Fever Dream, Night Teeth, and Hypnotic. Elvira is all about classic horror, so she’ll be recommending some of those too. We hope some are deliciously cheesy, in true Elvira fashion.
Cassandra Peterson started out as Elvira in 1981, hosting cheesy old horror movies on Los Angeles local station KHJ. They only paid her $300 a week at first. Not long after, she became a fixture at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Halloween Haunt. But soon, her stardom expanded outside of the Southern California area. She’d get a nationwide show, a DC Comics series, and become the Coors Light mascot. By the end of the decade, she starred in her own movie, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. As her new gig for Netflix proves, there’s one thing that is consistent about Elvira. She’s always known how to adapt to the times.
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The Elvira Show
The Elvira Show. CBS filmed a pilot for the Elvira show hot off the heels of the movie “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark” though the shows plot line has nothing to do with the movie. I was lucky enough to actually be at the taping of this pilot. The show starred Cassandra Peterson as Elvira and Katherine Helmond as Aunt Minerva. The writing is witty and chocked full of innuendoes and one liners that are so bad they are great! Too bad it was never picked up.
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ELVIRA aka CASSANDRA PETERSON – WTF Happened to this Horror Celebrity?
In the 1980’s, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark stepped out of the shadows and into the living rooms of many a household. She was campy, she was vampy, and she was hilarious. Elvira was the creation of Cassandra Peterson, and she would go on to become an icon in the lands of horror and TV.
She would make the term “horror host” known around the world and she’d do it all while not only being Elvira but writing and producing her work as well. So, settle back darlings and prepare for some unpleasant dreams as we shine a light on the Mistress of the Dark, and we find Where In The Horror is Elvira Now. And STAY TUNED till the end for a brand new interview with Cassandra Peterson!
SERIES SYNOPSIS: We go in depth on the lives and careers of some of our favorite horror talents and also find out where they are now and what they are up to!
WTF Happened to this Horror Celebrity was written and narrated by Jessica Dwyer and edited by Will Hume. It was Produced by John Fallon and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.
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Morticia, Vampira & Elvira
Morticia, Vampira and Elvira – The unholy trinity of women of darkness. These three femme fatales have captured the wicked imaginations and nefarious fantasies of many generations. And like links in the chains they might use to restrain their victims, the stories of all three of these lecherous ladies are linked.
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