ELVIRA

CASSANDRA PETERSON


"13 NIGHTS OF ELVIRA", "3-D TV", "ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT MONSTER MANIA"
"ATTACK OF THE KILLER B-MOVIES", "BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA", "ELVIRA�S BOX OF HORROR"
"ELVIRA'S HALLOWEEN MOVIE SCHLOCK-A-THON", "ELVIRA'S HALLOWEEN SPECIAL", "ELVIRA'S HORROR CLASSICS"
"ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE", "ELVIRA'S MTV HALLOWEEN PARTY", "ELVIRA'S THRILLER THEATRE"
"FILMGORE", "FOX HALLOWEEN BASH", "HEAVY METAL HEAVEN"
"HOLLYWOOD'S CREEPIEST CREATURES", "JOE BOB BRIGGS DRIVE IN THEATRE", "MIDNIGHT MADNESS"
"MONSTER MANIA", "MOVIE MACABRE", "SCARES & DARES"
"THE KETCHUP VAMPIRES", "THE KETCHUP VAMPIRES II", "THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ELVIRA"
"THRILLERVIDEO", "VAULT OF THE MACABRE"

Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas, USA on 17 September 1951.

She grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

At the age of 17 she was the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas' history. The show was "Vive Les Girls" at the Dunes Hotel.

To pursue a career in singing and acting, Petersen left for Europe.

After returning to the USA, Peterson formed her own musical comedy show known as "Mama's Boys", which travelled the country.

From Hollywood, she joined the improvisational comedy group, "The Groundlings", spending 4 years in the troupe.

In 1981, Peterson auditioned and was hired for the role of a horror movie host for "Movie Macabre" creating her now legendary character, Elvira.

And the rest is history.

Besides hosting numerous horror movie / and other shows, Peterson has appeared on many television, movie and video game productions - as her character Elvira.

ELVIRA - Television Host

Portrait of Elvira by Bradley Beard.
Cassandra Peterson hosted a variety of shows as Elvira,
that included television shows, television specials and direct to video shows.
Not all were horror/science fiction related.
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MOVIE MACABRE

TV Series (1981-1985)
This was a hosted horror movie show in the style
of the old hosted horror show, but Elvira's character
combined sexuality with well written humour.

Elvira used clips from the featured movie to add
to her gags and slap stick.
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FILMGORE

Direct to video (1983)
Hosted by Elvira, Filmgore is a direct to video documentary with the goriest scenes from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Snuff", "2000 Maniacs", "Driller Killer", "Blood Feast" and many more. A cosmic cavalcade of bloodthirsty thrills from the most violent movies ever made!
Filmgore is an endless orgy of unimaginable atrocity at an incredible velocity. The most sanguinary sensations ever splashed and splattered across the silver screen!
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ELVIRA'S MTV HALLOWEEN PARTY

TV Special (1984)
In 1984, Elvira hosted the MTV Halloween Special, (Macabre TV: Elvira's Halloween Special)
with guests John Carradine, Laraine Newman, Todd Rundgren, and Cheech Marin.
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3-D TV

TV Special (1985)
Elvira presents the Vincent Price movie "The Mad Magician"
in 3-D on KHJ-TV Channel 9
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THRILLERVIDEO

Video Series (1985)
In 1985, International Video Entertainment released a series of direct to video horror movies under the banner of ThrillerVideo.

The series was in two groups, those hosted by Elvira; and those that did not have a host. Many of these films were hand-selected by Peterson. The Elvira hosted movies were: Alabama's Ghost, Attack of the Swamp Creature, The Carpathian Eagle, Charlie Boy, Children of the Full Moon, The Cyclops, Dead of Night (1977), Dracula, Frankenstein, Growing Pains, Guardian of the Abyss, The House That Bled to Death, The Human Duplicators, The Monster Club, NATAS: The Reflection, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Rude Awakening, The Silent Scream, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Turn of the Screw (1974), The Thirteenth Reunion, The Two Faces of Evil, Visitor from the Grave, Witching Time. The non Elvira titles included: Anatomy of Terror, Buried Alive, Death in Deep Water, The Devil's Web, Doctor Butcher, M.D., If It's a Man, Hang Up, I'm the Girl He Wants to Kill, In the Steps of a Dead Man, The Invasion of Carol Enders, A Killer in Every Corner, Make Them Die Slowly, Murder Motel, The Next Victim, NightStalker, One Deadly Owner, Screamer, Seven Doors of Death, Tales from the Darkside (7 volumes).
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ELVIRA'S HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

TV Special (1986)
1986 saw Elvira's return to hosting MTV Halloween Special, (Elvira in Salem Halloween Special).
It featured skits and music videos.
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MIDNIGHT MADNESS


Video Series (1990)
Rhino Home Video released a series of direct to video hosted horror movies.
Elvira's hosted movies included: Eegah, Frankenstein's Daughter, Killers From Space, Giant Gila Monster, The Mask, She Demons, Night of the Ghouls, I Eat Your Skin, The Brain that Wouldn't Die, A Bucket of Blood, The Crawling Hand, The Wasp Woman, The Hideous Sun Demon, Mission to the Moon.
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HEAVY METAL HEAVEN

TV Series (1990)
Elvira hosted a series of 6 episodes for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
on "Heavy Metal". Each episode included interviews and clips.
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ELVIRA'S THRILLER THEATRE

Elvira's Thriller Theatre was a hosted horror televison show
screened on the 0-Ten Network, Australia from 1989 to 1990.
It was produced by Queen B Productions, running for 20 episodes,
with Cassandra Peterson as Elvira hosting old horror movies, including:
Count Yoga
The Fly
The Fly Returns
The show had a huge following, capturing 30% of the
Australian viewing market, with 50% of the fan mail
being written by women.

I remember that my father loved to watch the show.
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JOE BOB BRIGGS DRIVE IN THEATRE

Episode (31 October 1991)
Elvira, along with Ghoulardi, John Stanley & Zacherley co-hosted this episode.
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ELVIRA'S HALLOWEEN MOVIE SCHLOCK-A-THON

TV Special (1993)
Elvira hosts a 12 hour horror movie marathon over 30-31 October 1993.
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FOX HALLOWEEN BASH

TV Special (1994)
Elvira, with the Crypt Keeper and George Carlin host the 1994's Fox Halloween Bash.
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ATTACK OF THE KILLER B-MOVIES

TV Special (1995)
Elvira has captured five movie goers, who must watch some infamous and obscure B-movies.
Elvira attempts to make the movies sound better than they do.
Her five captives are:
Natalia Cigliuti, Dustin Diamond, William James Jones, Kelly Packard & Megan Parlen.
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THE KETCHUP VAMPIRES

Direct to Video (1995)
An animated tale of vegetarian vampires narrated by Elvira.

It is an edited version of a German television series - Die Ketchup-Vampire.
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THE KETCHUP VAMPIRES II

Direct to Video (1996)
The second instalment of the animated tale of vegetarian vampires narrated by Elvira.

It is an edited version of a German television series - Die Ketchup-Vampire.
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MONSTER MANIA

TV Special (1997)
This horror documentary salutes the role of monsters in fright films, hosted by the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira.

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ATTACK OF THE 5O FOOT MONSTER MANIA

TV Special (1999)
This horror documentary salutes the role of big monsters in fright films, hosted by the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira.

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BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA

TV Special (2000)
This horror documentary salutes the role of women in fright films, hosted by the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira.
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SCARES & DARES

TV Special (2001)
Elvira presents clips from the Australian reality show - "Who Dares Wins".
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ELVIRA'S HORROR CLASSICS

Direct to Video (2004)
Time Life Records released double horror movie sets direct to DVD hosted hosted by Elvira.
The three sets were:
House on Haunted Hill & Night of the Living Dead
Dementia 13 & Carnival of Souls
The Little Shop of Horrors & The Brain That Wouldn't Die.
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ELVIRA'S BOX OF HORROR

Direct to Video (2004)
Time Life Records released this direct to DVD hosted six horror movies boxed set.
Elvira's hosted movies were:
House on Haunted Hill (1959) The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Dementia 13 (1963)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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HOLLYWOOD'S CREEPIEST CREATURES

TV Special (2004)
Elvira hosts a show about creepy creatures in the world.
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THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ELVIRA

TV Series (2007)
Elvira auditions contestants to see who will become the next
late-night horror movie queen Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; in this
realty show.
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ELVIRA'S MOVIE MACABRE

TV Series (2010-2011)
This is a revamped version of the 1980's Movie Macabre.

One season was produced with 26 episode, though only 20 were broadcast.
All 26 appeared later on DVD release.
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VAULT OF THE MACABRE

TV Special (2014)
An anthology of four short horror & macabre poems,
narrated by Elvira, Clive Barker, Adam Baldwin, Samantha Newark & Larry Kenney.
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13 NIGHTS OF ELVIRA

TV Series (1981-1986)
Produced for Hulu by Brainstorm Media, 13 Nights of Elvira streamed a new episode each day through Halloween.
The movies were:
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
Puppet Master
Demonic Toys
Hobgoblins
The Gingerdead Man
Dollman
Trancers
Oblivion
Shrunken Heads
Hideous!
Evil Bong
Seedpeople
Night of the Living Dead
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Portrait of "Elvira" by Bradley Beard.
"Elvira" - biography (taken from Bradley Beard's Facebook page)"
Everybody knows her and everybody loves her. Today I present Elvira, hostess of Movie Macabre which began in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Elvira's valley girl attitude combined with her gothic chic fashion sense, created an incredibly fresh character that captivated her viewer's attention. Her smart, quick humor set her apart; her double entendres and womanly wiles kept her audiences wanting more. The movie Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was brilliantly clever; a hilarious comedy cult classic that will live on with audiences for decades. Elvira quickly evolved into her own brand producing comic books, action figures, costumes, trading cards, pinball machines, Halloween décor, dolls, model kits, and even her own beer, Elvira's Night Brew. Today I honor Cassandra Peterson, a truly amazing lady with an incredibly inspiring career. She is Elvira and she is the best!


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