I Love the 80s: Elvira

I grew up an insomniac in a small town where there was nothing to do after 9 pm. Even with cable, the nights were long and usually filled with soft core porn, which considering my age wasn't enticing. Luckily Elvira was around.

Cassandra Peterson was originally cast to revive a character, once befriended by Ed Wood. Unfortunately a law suit barred the way. (Name the character/actress who sued. ) Thus Elvira was born. Adopting the flippant tone of a California valley-girl, she brought a satirical, sarcastic edge to her commentary without ever being crass or mean-spirited. And like a macabre Mae West she reveled in dropping risque double entendres as well as making frequent jokes about her eye-popping display of cleavage.

In other words, she was my role model.

Her popularity reached its zenith with the release of the feature film, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (co-written by Peterson) in 1988. Elvira became the national spokeswoman for which beer during the month of October in 1988? Her official Halloween costume became the best selling female costume of all time.While Elvira's popularity continued into the 90s, the 80s was when she reigned supreme introducing me to crappy horror films on Movie Macabre and later Movie Macabre Home Videos.

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