Thursday, September 23, 2021

Cassandra's Crossing

 


Who says you can't rise from the dead?

28 comments:

  1. Coming out IS like rising from the dead! Way to go, Elvira!

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    1. As one person tweeted, Debra, it's so cool that she did this on the night of a full moon.

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  2. Hi, Kirk!

    Nuff said, good buddy? Well, I have a thing or two to say about Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, starting with happy 70th birthday. Elvira is my favorite Valley Girl. (Her cleavage is quite a deep valley.) I was a faithful viewer of Elvira's Movie Macabre. Moreover, the third TV station where I worked in the 80s aired that sleazy el-cheapo horror flick program. As production manager, I produced and voiced promos for the show, and at some point was given a life size Elvira cardboard cutout. It was gifted to me by the station's promotion manager who knew I was Elvira obsessed. During those bachelor years, I actually kept my cardboard Elvira in the living room of my apartment, standing guard over my collection of vintage horror movie posters which covered the walls. Yep - the living rooms of The Addams Family and The Munsters appeared normal compared to mine. (My abode was also dustier than theirs.)

    As I might have told you before, in 1985 I was stage manager of an oldies but goodies concert that starred Jay And the Americans. As a surprise guest, we hired a young woman who looked like Elvira's bustier sister. We rented an Elvira costume for her to wear and planted her in the back of the audience at the concert venue. I sat next to her. At the designated point in the show, as Jay Black sang "Cara Mia," I nudged our Elvira look-alike and she arose from her seat, walked down the aisle and up onto the stage. As the audience hooted and howled, "Elvira" smooched Jay on the mouth. Jay was caught by surprise and was a good sport, but I doubt he appreciated having his performance interrupted.

    Thanks for saluting Cassandra Peterson, two of the best things on TV in the 80s and 90s. That's all I got.

    (drops the mic)

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    1. Shady, you writing about those cardboard cutouts remind me of a the scene in the 1982 movie King of Comedy where Robert De Niro imagines himself a talk show guest and is seen in his home surrounded by cutouts of famous people. Not that you're planning on kidnapping anybody. Just sayin:)

      A woman who looked like Elvira's bustier sister? So you actually got Dolly Parton to put on a black wig and a vampire-like dress?

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  3. I always loved her! And her latest bombshell didn't surprise me in the slightest. I always figured she swing both side of the fence.

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  4. Hello Kirk, I remember Elvira's movie hosting. She had the worst movies, but made up for it by making fun of them. The Ghoulardi/Hoolihan/Big Chuck/Little John show (Friday nights in Cleveland, for non-Cleveland readers) was different, in that they showed the gamut of horror movies from the best to the worst. Instead of just making fun of the movie, most of their humor was in the elaborate skits at the commercials. Both shows were classic!
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, there was also Ghoulardi, who was a bit before my time, and the Ghoul, who wasn't. The latter used to interrupt the movies with sound effects and extraneous dialogue, such a when a monster would appear at the doorway, and you'd hear, "Hi, I'm the paper boy."

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    2. I now see you DID mention Ghoulardi in your comment. For some reason, my eyes only saw the Houlihan/Big Chuck/Little John part.

      When Tim Conway died a few years ago, I included a clip of an appearance he and Ernie Anderson did on H&BC to promote a comedy album.

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    3. Lest we forget, Jim, there was also Super Host.

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    4. Hi again, I think that Ghoulardi was before my time, too, but they used to have special visits and replay the old skits. I certainly remember the Ghoul from Channel 61. I haven't even thought of Super Host in years! I seem to recall that he was a deliberate parody of a bad movie host.
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      Stay Sick and Turn Blue!
      --Jim

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    5. A final (maybe) thought on Ghoulardi. From what I've read about his show, he routinely described the movies he was showing as "stinkers" or "dogs" whether they were or not. For instance, Them and The House on Haunted Hill are today considered minor classics of the genre, yet Ghoulardi dumped on both of them. But that was just his (and later his protégé The Ghoul's) style. As Michael Weldon, the Cleveland-born publisher of Psychotronic magazine once said, "I took them [the movies] seriously, but I loved the way he made fun of them." I felt the same way about the Ghoul.

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  5. I never could find a 'for sure' picture of her girl friend. Unless they are twins, all the picture look like Cassandra.

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    1. I couldn't find one either, Mike. The twins one you refer to may be a picture of Cassandra and her grown daughter.

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  6. I have always adore her! And it didn't surprise me one bit her latest bombshell, but I always assumed she did both side on the fence.

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  7. You‘re not kidding. We were first introduced to her on TV when we moved to Los Angeles in 1982. She was the best part of the show. Although the movies were so bad they were good.

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    1. Mitchell, even though I first saw her via syndication, it's appropriate that she started out as a local LA personality. She talked a bit like a valley girl, Moon Unit Zappa by way of Morticia Addams.

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  8. I was never into Elvira. I grew up with Moona Lisa (Lisa Clark) hosting Science Fiction Theater in San Diego. Sleeker hair and a tad less busty, but she was a lot of fun.

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    1. That's some name, Deedles! Did this Moona Lisa also have a enigmatic smile?

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    2. Didn't they all? I remember cheekbones and a live snake. I was only seven when Science Fiction Theater started back in 1963, so I wouldn't know enigmatic if it bit me on the nose at the time. I remember Tarantula and 13 Ghosts though.

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    3. Deedles, now she sounds like Alice Cooper.

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    4. Ha! She was a whole lot sexier and cuter. She was actually a newscaster. She made the movies a lot less scary for me. I wanted her hair.

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  9. Aww Kirk I have no idea who she is..had to google her....still none the wiser. Maybe her fame didn't reach Scotland?

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    1. Ananka, Elvira (real name Cassandra Peterson) is a popular TV horror movie hostess who a few days ago revealed that she's been in a relationship with a woman for the last 19 years. She's a longtime gay icon, so this probably isn't going to hurt her any.

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