Cassandra Peterson

CON REVIEW: ScareFest, Lexington, KY, 2018

CON REVIEW: ScareFest, Lexington, KY, 2018

Over the weekend, I ventured out on an 8-hour drive to attend ScareFest in Lexington, KY. The celebrity guests included Tobin Bell ( Saw and Jigsaw), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Jonathan Breck (Jeepers Creepers), Shawnee Smith (The Blob (1988)), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), and many more.

The crowd of fans from all over came in very excited and ready for an amazing weekend. It is great to see fellow horror fans — especially the younger crowd — come together and show support to the celebrities of their favorite films. There were many fans with awesome cosplay from Twisty the Clown (American Horror Story), Pinhead (Hellraiser), various clowns (including Pennywise), and a lot of Michael Meyerses.

Pinhead/Sarah Gregory

The con was hosted at The Lexington Convention Center, which was very spacious. There was one main room which held all the guests and vendors making it very easy to navigate. Staff were very friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable, and if for some reason they didn’t have the right answer to your question, they made sure to find someone who did.

Saw/Sarah Gregory

With any con, there are negatives and positives, and ScareFest was no exception. My only negative comment would be that the website was a little confusing with how to purchase photo op tickets. I felt that it took a bit to search to discover how to obtain them. They had a list of the scheduled times, but I did not see anywhere to make a purchase. The only celebrities on the main page were Tobin Bell and Cassandra Peterson. Again, this is the only thing I saw that could maybe use a tweaking. Other than that, the positive part would be that the rest of my experience was a great time. The panels and movie times were right on schedule, and anything that was canceled was communicated over the loudspeaker.

ScareFest/Sarah Gregory

With the con weekend having to come to an end, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed making new friends and reconnecting with other friends I met from previous cons as well as with getting to meet Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Barbie Wilde (Hellraiser II), and Shawnee Smith (The Stand). ScareFest is one down in my books, and I would gladly attend again.

Overall experience: B+

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WiHM: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

WiHM: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.On September 17, 1951, the world was gifted with The Mistress of the Dark. Born in Manhattan Kansas, Cassandra Peterson a.k.a. Elvira started her life with a mishap that led to her success. As a toddler, she had accidentally pulled a pot of boiling water down onto her. This burnt about a third of her body and left permanent scarring. After moving to Colorado Springs, CO, at age 7, she endured the harassment of other school children and was extremely shy due to the scarring. She would later use this experience, a place she quoted as “all the freaks come from” to help inspire her Elvira persona.

Growing up, Cassandra’s mother ran a costume shop and she loved playing model for her. She told Biography.com:

I would pick out whatever was the hot costume that year — Ginger from Gilligan’s Island, I Dream of Jeanie, Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke — and my mom would make one in my size, so I would wear costumes to school all the time. Everyone thought I was a total freak. But I knew I would grow up and wear a costume one day, and that’s exactly what happened.

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.At 17, she became the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas in a show titled Vive Les Girls. After stints overseas as a singer and dancer, she came back to the United States as a star of her comedy show. This led to years of her being part of the best improv groups in LA, The Groundlings, working with famous comedians such as Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman. But, in 1981, the true star was born. She auditioned for a role as a horror movie hostess for a local LA TV station. The show was called Movie Macabre and her hostess name was Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark. She became a household name in no time.

Everyone loved the wickedly vampish hostess and her quirky commentary for the B movies she showed. She was never cruel or mean, just enough of a jab to make it hilarious. She also never took herself too seriously. She loved the persona of Elvira and helped it come to life not just on TV but with successful movies and home videos as well. 1985 brought us her home video series known as Thriller Video. The feature-length film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was released in 1988. Cassandra co-wrote, produced and starred in it. Next came Elvira’s Haunted Hills in 2001, which she also co-wrote and produced. She is a lady of many talents and quickly became an icon in the horror/Halloween world.

Funko Pop Elvira / Fair use doctrine.Now, over three decades later, Elvira is still adored by millions. You can find Cassandra on the convention circuit where she loves meeting fans. Her licensed image can be found on shirts, purses, pinball machines, Pop dolls and more. A recent photobook Peterson released celebrates 35 years of beauty with over 350 images of the Queen of Halloween. And I suspect that she will hold that title forever.

Your adoring fan forever,
ZombieGurl
Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

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ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

By John Roisland

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

It's hard to believe it has been 35 years since a lovely redheaded woman entered the entertainment world and changed everything as we knew it - especially the horror industry - by introducing to us her character better known as Elvira Mistress of the Dark!
Elvira has been loved, seen, and adored by millions for over three decades now. From low-budget horror flicks to starring in her own films, Elvira's character brings to the world a bubbly bombshell whose quirky one liners and curvaceous body sky rocketed her to instant notoriety in the horror realm and later in the entertainment industry as a whole. She been photographed more times than anyone probably even knows. Day and night, 12 months a year, blood sweat and tears Cassandra worked her character to the point where she became an icon. I think it is safe to say she has graced us with a character who has become the Queen of Horror.

And with that being said, I can't think of any better time of year than the autumn or Halloween season for Funko Pop to announce their Elvira doll. The doll will stand 3-3/4 inches tall and will be displayed in a window box that matches the other Funko Pop vinyl dolls. This is a must for any serious collector of either Elvira or the horror genre. I, for one, am a collector, and I'll definitely be adding this one whether it goes on my shelf, my desk, or even glued to the dashboard of my car... I will have it!!

Funko Pop Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

And the fun doesn't stop there, Elvira is also releasing a photo album containing over 300 pictures, many of which have never even been seen by the public eye yet. Having seen some images that are included in the book, I was very pleased to say that there was actually a picture of Cassandra. A very lovely, beautifully smiled ,sparkling blue eyed Cassandra Peterson. I thought there was a nice touch to include her in Elvira's world... after all, without one where would the other one be. The book, entitled Elvira Mistress of the Dark, was released October 5th. I would definitely say grab it quickly as I have a feeling this one's going to be moving fast.

Cassandra and Elvira, you’ve earned it!

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

Having had the opportunity to have met both Cassandra Peterson and Elvira at Spooky Empire Horror Convention in Orlando, FL, some few years ago, I can honestly say that yes, i would be happy to give her my money. Both ladies were a true pleasure to meet, some have said opposite. I say when the lady has worked so hard for so long (and has dealt with certain types because of her appearance), she has the right to a bad day.

Keep It Evil...

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Elvira Gets Animated!

Elvira Gets Animated!

By John Roisland

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Cassandra Peterson, 63, is better known to the world as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. As Elvira, Peterson's popularity soared in the 1980s - 90s, is known for hosting horror movies as well as starring in her own. And now she IS BACK! The word on the street is that her career is moving in a little different direction than what we are all accustomed to.

Peterson, born in Manhattan, KS and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, started her show business career in 1971 as a showgirl in Vive Les Girls at the Dunes Hotel. At 17 Peterson was the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas. After Las Vegas, Peterson moved to Europe as a singer and actor. During her European travels, Peterson worked in many films, including an uncredited role in Federico Fellini's Roma (1972). Peterson entered the horror genre when she auditioned for and got the role of a horror hostess, thereby becoming Elvira, for Movie Macabre in 1981.

Here we are , more than half way through 2015, and Elvira is ready to hit the screen again, not the big screen, but the TV screen... and animated! The details at this time are very vague, and it is still very early in production talk. Everything is still in the works, but what we do know is, it is supposed to be a television series and it will star a full blown Elvira character. We will keep you posted on this triumphant return! Welcome home Elvira, we have missed your devilish smile.

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