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 takes us on a trip to Voo Doo Island and gives us a few culinary tips along the way.
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.
Just as Elvira’s television career rises once again, so do the ghouls on-screen in George A. Romero’s zombie masterpiece.
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!
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!
When a Neanderthal man is lynched by villagers, Count Frankenstein (Rossano Brazzi) uses his years of research to bring the monster back to life.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
While on assignment in Hungary, a young reporter (Quantum Leap’s Dean Stockwell) is attacked by a mysterious animal.