Elvira: My Bad Mistress of The Dark

by Ed_Jones_XLIX2 | created - 20 Sep 2018 | updated - 21 Sep 2018 | Public

Cassandra Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She began her career at age 17 as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history in the show "Vive Les Girls" at the Dunes Hotel. After receiving advice from "The King" himself, Elvis Presley, she traveled to Europe where she pursued a career as a singer and actor. She worked in several Italian films, including Federico Fellini's Roma (1972) and performed throughout Europe as lead singer of an Italian rock band.

Upon returning to the United States, she toured the country as star of her own musical-comedy show, "Mama's Boys". She eventually settled in Hollywood, where she spent four and a half years with L.A.'s foremost improvisational comedy group, The Groundlings. In 1981, she auditioned for the role of horror hostess: on a local Los Angeles television station. Her show, Movie Macabre (1981), and her newly created character, Elvira, became an overnight sensation.

Cassandra spent over three decades solidifying the Elvira brand and building it into an international cult icon that has become synonymous with Halloween and the horror genre. Elvira was all about having fun being "Bad". After voting, please discuss here.

Out of all her appearances in Movies, both Theatrical and TV (Not TV Series), which was her "My Bad"?

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1. Stroker Ace (1983)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

30 Metascore

The title character, a popular NASCAR driver, clashes with the fried-chicken mogul that sponsors his racing team.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson

Votes: 3,350 | Gross: $13.00M

With the late Burt Reynolds.

Girl with Lugs

2. 3-D TV (1985 TV Movie)

Drama, Horror, Mystery

Elvira presents the horror movie, The Mad Magician in 3-D.

Star: Cassandra Peterson

Elvira

3. Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

The two stoners and their friends go through another series of crazy, drug-influenced misadventures.

Director: Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero, Betty Kennedy

Votes: 11,204 | Gross: $41.68M

Hostage (Groundling)

4. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Votes: 47,264 | Gross: $40.90M

Biker Mama

5. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

43 Metascore

Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

Director: James Signorelli | Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Phil Rubenstein, Larry Flash Jenkins, Damita Jo Freeman

Votes: 12,116 | Gross: $5.60M

Who Else!

6. Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

48 Metascore

Spooky high jinks abound when Elvira finds herself spending the night in a mysterious castle en route to 1851 Paris.

Director: Sam Irvin | Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Richard O'Brien, Mary Scheer, Scott Atkinson

Votes: 2,669

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark / Lady Elura Hellsubus

7. Her Morbid Desires (2008 Video)

Comedy, Thriller

A model comes out to Hollywood to star in a vampire movie and finds out that someone is killing the young starlets in the making of a film.

Director: Edward L. Plumb | Stars: Erica P. Hanson, Ronn Moss, Molly Murphy, Tippi Hedren

Votes: 222

Elvira

8. The Scream (2009 Video)

184 min | Comedy, Horror

Hosted by Melissa Bacelar with her pet zombie "Z" played by J.C. Taylor. The madness takes place in their dungeon complete with their own electric chair and bubbling cauldron full of body ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Schiaffo | Stars: Melissa R. Bacelar, J.C. Taylor, Heidi Honeycutt, Jeff Spinner

Votes: 25

Maybe 5 people have seen this!! Poll author has! Elvira of course

9. First Period (2013)

100 min | Comedy

New girl Cassie (Brandon Alexander III) and outcast Maggie (Dudley Beene) are easily the most awkward girls in high school. Together, they decide the way to win the hearts of the cute boys ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Vaughn | Stars: Brandon Alexander III, Dudley Beene, Lauren Rose Lewis, Michael Turchin

Votes: 551

Ms. Glenn



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