Elvira – Mistress of the Dark

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1949) is an American actress best known for her on-screen horror host persona “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark“. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. Her wickedly vampish appearance was offset by her comical character, quick-witted personality, and Valley girl-type speech.

Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Peterson grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and graduated from General William J. Palmer High School in 1969. Days after graduating, she drove to Las Vegas, Nevada where she became a showgirl at The Dunes. The Guinness Book of World Records cited her as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history. She had a small role as a showgirl in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, briefly dated Elvis Presley, played a topless dancer in Working Girls (1973), and posed (again as a stripper) for the cover of Tom Waits’ 1976 album, Small Change.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – I Eat Your Skin

Elvira takes us on a trip to Voo Doo Island and gives us a few culinary tips along the way.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – The Satanic Rites of Dracula

Christopher Lee stars as the Prince of Darkness for the final time and sets out to conquer the world as Elvira tackles her “To DOOM” list.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – Night of the Living Dead

Just as Elvira’s television career rises once again, so do the ghouls on-screen in George A. Romero’s zombie masterpiece.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – The Brain That Wouldnt Die

Elvira gets the bright idea that going on a game show will make her some extra cash, so she recruits the help of the HEAD of the class to beat the clock!

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – The Manster

Mad Dr. Suzuki injects an American reporter with a serum that causes his shoulder to sprout an eye, which is bad, but not as bad as Elvira discovering her citizenship is being called into question!

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s4 | e3 – Frankenstein’s Castle Of Freaks

When a Neanderthal man is lynched by villagers, Count Frankenstein (Rossano Brazzi) uses his years of research to bring the monster back to life.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s3 | e16 – Monstroid

When a small Colombian village is viciously attacked by a creature from a nearby lake, a corrupt chemical company sends a specialist (Jim Mitchum) to destroy the beast and cover up their involvement with its creation. Inspired by a true story!

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s3 | e1 – They Came From Beyond Space

After a team of scientists are dispatched to investigate the remnants of a meteor shower, they return controlled by a mysterious alien force. Meanwhile, nearby town residents are infected with the deadly “Crimson Plague.”

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s2 | e32 – The Doomsday Machine

When a Chinese plot to destroy the Earth is uncovered, the U.S. teams up with the Soviet Union to replace members of its all-male crew with women. Now, it’s up to the crew of Project Astra to keep the human race alive and thriving.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s2 | e24 – The Devil’s Wedding Night

A quest for the mythical Ring of Vermougglian leads the Schiller brothers to Transylvania and Castle Dracula, where they find more than they bargained for in the castle’s current resident and her undead servant.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s1 | e36 – Count Dracula’s Great Love

Five stranded travelers are forced to take refuge in the legendary Castle Dracula. Unfortunately, the infamous Count Dracula (Paul Naschy) is alive and well and more than eager to take in his new guests.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s1 | e28 – Legacy Of Blood

When their father dies, three greedy sisters and their husbands reunite to hear the reading of the will. His fortune is theirs . . . assuming, of course, they’re able to survive a full week at the family mansion.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre – s1 | e9 – The Werewolf Of Washington

While on assignment in Hungary, a young reporter (Quantum Leap’s Dean Stockwell) is attacked by a mysterious animal.

Readers Comments (12)

  1. I love all of Cassandra’s campy movies & shows. I have been a long time follower of her movies. She has that unique voice, friendly personality, and she still looks good, in fact better as the years go by. Thanks for linking more of her work.

  2. I love Cassandra’s campy style too. But would you please correct her title on this page? It is “Elvira, MISTRESS of the Dark”. Perhaps she is now training an understudy who has the title “Princess”!

  3. Hmmm…. musta spaced when I typed that.

  4. She is the funnyest host, we love watching here show on rainy nights….

  5. i don’t know but i still give a big sigh when i see her

  6. Elvira was the best horror movie host ever…sorry, copycats.

  7. I can not watch these as am outside the U.S. they are hosted by hulu and not by you :(

    • I’m sort of wondering how you ever knew this page is here? This site geolocates, so it shouldn’t have been offered to you.

      You get a sorted web if you use Retrovision outside the United States. Things that are only available in the United States are filtered out.

  8. She was not born in 1949 but in 1952. She is still hot for turning 60 next years.

    • I looked that up. This info came from a wikipedia article. Her birthday is changed. Imdb says 1951. Wikipedia now says 1952. Maybe we just shouldn’t print a ladies age.

  9. Ladies would probably appreciate it.

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