Elvira Talks Halloween and Lack of Diversity In Horror

The Queen of Halloween, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, talks Halloween and diversity in horror on Pop Culture Weekly with Kyle McMahon.

Anyone that knows me knows that this is my favorite time of year. Haunted Houses, pumpkin everything, horror movies and the spooky sense of magic that is in the hair. Naturally, Halloween is my favorite holiday. So when I heard I was talking with the Queen of Halloween herself, Elvira, I was happier than a ghost in a victorian mansion.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark creator Cassandra Peterson has been in the business for decades, making a name for herself by hosting horror movies on late night tv on the West Coast in 1981. Her character Elvira soon exploded not just around the United States but around the world becoming a Halloween icon. With a slew of product endorsements including a long running series of ads with Coors, appearances everywhere and a nationally syndicated show, Elvira quickly became the Halloween 'It Girl'. In 1988, the feature film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was released and she was cemented as synonymous with the spooky season as pumpkin carving.

I talked with Peterson about her incredible career, which has not slowed down at all, as well as how Elvira is handling the pandemic. We spoke about her views on the state of horror today, which she stated is "So damn white", her new parody music video Don't Cancel Halloween and I asked the question every horror fan wants to know: Will Elvira return to that iconic red couch to host horror movies once again?


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