I don’t think many of you will remember her, but there used to be this horror host who was really big in the 80s and 90s. When I say really big, I mean really big in more than than one way. The horror host was Elvira, and she was the Mistress of the Dark.
Elvira hosted this show called Elvira’s Movie Macabre, and it was basically a collection of cheesy B-grade horror flicks. What made it special was that Elvira would always rip into the movies with her campy humor and make fun of their bad editing and lousy plots – basically highlighting the “so bad it’s good” bits that people watch bad horror flicks for. She looked goth, but she spoke like a Valley Girl, and that contrast made her a winner.
There were two other big reasons why Elvira’s show was such a hit, and they’re as big as her head! Her show reportedly displayed more cleavage than had ever been seen before on LA television! And honestly, nobody’s complaining.
The success of her show led to talk show appearances, cameos in movies, two movies of her own, pinball machines, video games, VHS boxed sets… she was everywhere during those two decades. Then when the new millennium came, her popularity waned a bit, and well… Cassandra Peterson (the actress who plays Elvira, and looks completely different out of the costume) is like 59 years old now. Not many kids want to see their grandmother’s cleavage.
But apparently there might be some kinda resurrection now, as her show is being shown on TV all over again as of September this year. I didn’t hear about it, but there was even a show called The Search for the Next Elvira, which ran a couple of years ago.
So maybe the Mistress of the Dark will rise out of the shadows again, and marvel us with another incredible display of horror, wit, and cleavage. How can you go wrong with that combination?
Update: Since everyone obviously thinks she’s still freakin’ hot, I’ve added a few more pics. In case you’re wondering, one of the guys from Reddit has pointed out to me that Cassandra Peterson has indeed posed for Penthouse before. I’m not going to put those pics up here, but they’re only a Google search away if you’re interested. And why shouldn’t you be?!?