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For detailed information about this series, see: Cassandra Peterson on Wikipedia

Elvira, also called Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a multimedia series starring the titular character, a dark and mysterious, although funny and upbeat woman co-created and played by actress Cassandra Peterson. Originally starting out as the hostess of B-grade horror movie presentations, she later became an Halloween icon and got her own movies, comics, songs and games.

Elvira

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

Note that Elvira often tended to blur the line between fictional character and real life personality, appearing in-character in live events, talk shows and reality shows, as well as being credited as "Elvira as herself" in most of her appearances. For these reasons she is sometimes considered just a stage persona, rather than a proper fictional character, however that's not correct since she does have fictious background and personality clearly distinct from Peterson's.

Being owned by Peterson herself, Elvira is trademarked by the dedicated company Queen "B" Productions.

TV and home video

Elvira appeared as the host of many tv and home video series. Note that since these are just movie presentations, they could technically be considered non-fiction, although they did serve as the basis for Elvira's character.

  • Elvira's Movie Macabre (September 26, 1981 - 1986), the original series of horror movie presentations, it ran for 5 seasons for a total of 140 episodes. Many episodes got later released in singular or double-feature DVDs.
  • ThrillerVideo (1985), a series of home video releases, 24 of which were hosted by Elvira and were also called Thrillervideo hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The ones not hosted by her were still labeled "Thrillers without Elvira" in some promotional material.
  • Elvira's Halloween Special (October 31, 1986), a TV special for MTV.
  • Midnight Madness (1990), a new series of home video releases, serving as a follow-up to ThrillerVideo, and also known as Midnight Madness hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
  • Elvira's Halloween Movie Schlock-A-Thon (October 30, 1993), a TV special for CBS.
  • Attack of the Killer B Movies (September 2, 1995), a TV special for NBC.
  • Elvira's Horror Classics (2004), a series of 3 DVDs containing 2 movie presentations each; it was later released as a singular boxset titled Elvira's Box of Horrors.
  • Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures (October 30, 2004), a TV special for Animal Planet.
  • Elvira's Movie Macabre (September 20, 2010 - May 16, 2011), consisting of 20 new episodes; despite sharing the same title as the original show, it's officially considered "season 1" of a new series. Many episodes were released in DVDs and on iTunes, including 6 previously unaired episodes.
  • 13 Nights of Elvira (October 19 - October 31, 2014), a new series produced for Hulu, it consists of 13 episodes, released once a day leading up to Halloween 2014.

A reality show titled The Search for the Next Elvira also aired between October 13, 2007 and 2008.

The pilot for a TV show titled The Elvira Show was produced in 1993, but never released.

Movies

Two Elvira movies were released:

  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (September 30, 1988)
  • Elvira's Haunted Hills (June 23, 2001)

Comic books

Three Elvira comic book series were published:

  • Elvira's House of Mystery (January, 1986 - January, 1987), an 11-issue series published by DC Comics. It received a special issue:
    • Elvira's House of Mystery Special (November, 1987), also known as Elvira's Haunted Holidays.
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (May 1993 - February 2007), a 166-issue series published by Claypool Comics. Issues from this series were collected in two trade paperback issues:
    • Elvira Mistress of the Dark: Comic Milestones-Comics Format (August 1, 1996)
    • Elvira Mistress of the Dark: Double Delights (August 1, 1996)
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, a series published by Dynamite Entertainment that started publication in July 2018 and currently counts 6 issues.
  • The Shape of Elvira, a four-issue miniseries published by Dynamite Entertainment, starting in January 2019.

A comic book series was also announced for a 2013 release, but was never published.

Novels

Three Elvira novels were published, written by Elvira and John Paragon:

  • Elvira - Transylvania 90210 (November 1, 1996)
  • Elvira - Camp Vamp (February 1, 1997)
  • Elvira - The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (April 1, 1998)

All three were re-published as e-books in 2018.

Music albums

  • Elvira and the Vi-tones: 3-D TV (1982)
  • Elvira Presents Vinyl Macabre: Oldies but Ghoulies (Volume 1) (1983)
  • Elvira Presents Haunted Hits (1987)
  • Elvira Presents Monster Hits (1994)
  • Elvira Presents Revenge of the Monster Hits (1995)
  • Elvira's Gravest Hits (2010)

Video games

Three Elvira videogames were released:

  • Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1990), Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS. A survival horror game.
  • Elvira: The Arcade Game (1991), Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS. An action platformer loosely based on the plot from the first Elvira movie.
  • Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus (1992), Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS. A sequel to the game Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.

Arcade machines

Two Elvira-themed pinball machines were released:

  • Elvira and the Party Monsters (October 1989)
  • Scared Stiff (September 1996)

Various Elvira slot machines were released, including:

  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (2002), also simply called Elvira.
  • Elvira's Secret (2012)
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (2015)
  • Elvira's Monster Madness (2015)

Elvira also appeared in the slot machine Garden Party Bonus, but that's not considered part of her series, nor a fictional work.

A motion control ride starring Elvira, called Superstition 3D was also released at various locations in 1997.

Merchandise

A high number of additional merchandising items were released, including figures, jewelry, and calendars.

An Elvira-themed cereal called Elvira's Funko's was also released in June 2018, including an exclusive Funko mini-Pop Elvira figure.

Links to other series

Note: considering that Elvira served as a host for movie presentation, most of her references to movies happen during fourth wall breaking, therefore shouldn't count as fictional links.

Direction Series Date Description Type


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Vampira19810926 September 26, 1981Elvira's Movie Macabre was originally intended as a revival of The Vampira Show, and Elvira herself is based on Vampira.3


5Arrow R CHiPs19821031 October 31, 1982Elvira appears in the CHiPs episodes "Rock Devil Rock" and "Things That Go Creep in the Night".1


5Arrow R Last of the Great Survivors19840103 January 03, 1984Elvira makes an appearance in the movie Last of the Great Survivors.1


5Arrow R The Fall Guy19841031 October 31, 1984Elvira appears in The Fall Guy episodes "October the 31st" and "October the 32nd".1


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House of Mystery198601 January 1986Elvira's House of Mystery is a crossover between the two series.1


4Arrow L Blue Devil198607 July 1986Elvira finds a copy of Blue Devil #20 in Elvira's House of Mystery #5.2


4Arrow L Swamp Thing198607 July 1986Elvira finds a copy of Swamp Thing #48 in Elvira's House of Mystery #5.2


5Arrow R Personal Nightmare19890101 January 01, 1989Elvira appears on the "Horror Soft" logo in the game Personal Nightmare.3


5Arrow R Just Say Julie19890317 March 17, 1989Elvira makes an appearance in an episode of Just Say Julie.1


5Arrow R Mario19890929 September 29, 1989Elvira guest stars in the live action episodes "Mommies Curse" and "The Ghoul of My Dreams" of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!1


5Arrow R Parker Lewis19920216 February 16, 1992Elvira makes an appearance in the Parker Lewis Can't Lose episode "Boy Meets Girl II".2


5Arrow R The Ketchup Vampires19950926 September 26, 1995Elvira is the narrator in the specials The Ketchup Vampires and The Ketchup Vampires II.3


5Arrow R Space Ghost19960605 June 05, 1996Elvira is a guest in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Switcharoo".1


5Arrow R Blood19970531 May 31, 1997An image of Elvira appears in the game Blood.2


5Arrow R Nash Bridges19971031 October 31, 1997Cassandra Peterson appears in the Nash Bridges episode "Sniper" playing a character very similar to Elvira.3


5Arrow R 3D Mania19990331 March 31, 1999Elvira appears in the movie Encounter in the Thrid Dimension.1


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Tales From The Crypt199910 October 1999Elvira met the Crypt Keeper from Tales From The Crypt in a promotional image for Knott's Scary Farm's 1999 Halloween Haunt.1


5Arrow R The Simpsons20020216 February 16, 2002The Simpsons character Booberella, debuting in the episode "I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can", is a parody of Elvira.2


5Arrow R Pain20091029 October 29, 2009Elvira is a downloadable character in the game Pain.1


5Arrow R Last Man Standing20111025 October 25, 2011Elvira makes an appearance in the Last Man Standing episode "Last Halloween Standing".2


5Arrow R Pinball Arcade20120209 February 09, 2012The two Elvira pinball tables are included in The Pinball Arcade.2


4Arrow L Puppet Master20141020 October 20, 2014Blade from Puppet Master appears and attacks Elvira's puppet in the second episode of 13 Nights of Elvira.
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4Arrow L Hobgoblins20141022 October 22, 2014Elvira meets a Hobgoblin in the fourth episode of 13 Nights of Elvira.
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4Arrow L Evil Bong20141029 October 29, 2014Elvira smokes from Eebee the Evil Bong in the eleventh episode of 13 Nights of Elvira.
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5Arrow R Bizarro201511 November 2015A picture of Elvira is shown within the House of Mystery in Bizarro #4.2


5Arrow R Call of Duty20170706 July 06, 2017Elvira is featured in the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC map "Attack of the Radioactive Thing", and is also a secret unlockable character.1


4Arrow L The Shape of Water201901 January 2019The Shape of Elvira is a parody of The Shape of Water.3