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ScareLA 2016: Exclusive Chat with Elivira Herself – Cassandra Peterson

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Halloween in August? Yep, sign us up. And Cassandra Peterson in all her Elvira glory? We are so there! The Mistress of the Dark will be venturing into the sun and fun for two scare-soaked days in Los Angeles at what is fast becoming the most beloved convention on the scene.

ScareLA offers over 100 hours of special presentations, celebrity panels, costume contests, and exclusive performances and over 50 interactive experiences, performances, and onsite haunt attractions; plus over 200 curated vendors, 2 days of classes, demos and workshops, costume party, cosplay, and contests attractions will round off your kick-off to Halloween.

We had a chance to catch up with the hostess with the mostest, and here’s what she had to say:

Dread Central: How did you get connected with the folks at ScareLA, and is this your first time working with them?

Cassandra Peterson: Yes, it is my first time working with them. I was actually introduced to them last year via Knott Scary Farm, where I was doing the show last year. They announced the haunt at ScareLA, and I came along and appeared on the panel; I had no idea ScareLA was so awesome! When I saw it, I was like, “I’ve got to get myself involved with these people. This is fantastic!”

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DC: What is it about it that makes it awesome? What separates it from, say, Knott Scary Farm or Universal or some of those…? There are so many now.

CP: Well, it’s completely different. I mean, it’s a convention and it’s full of… vendors and craftspeople, performers and haunted themes… with ideas for theme parks or for your haunted house or for your Halloween party. It’s bringing all these different elements together that are all involved with home-base and haunted theme parks…  with the artists to create them. Teaching you different things, showing you special effects, special makeup. Oh my God, just everything, anything you would want for Halloween at your house or your party or your venue. They all kind of come together… yeah, this place rocks. I looked around forever, but I was having a hard time walking around because people knew who I was.

DC: Yes, that’s a tough one for you in that crowd. Well, there’s masks; you could have bought a mask there.

CP: I know, I know, but believe me… this year I’ll be going as Elvira so that won’t be quite as easy! I will be appearing as the spokesperson for the whole event. They are using me in the advertising and doing interviews like this one. So that I’m able to talk about it and they have kind of an icon teaming up with the event itself. And I’ll be taking photos with fans, I’ll be autographing things with fans and meeting them and doing panels and all kinds of things following that. But generally I’m just the face of the venue.

DC: And, yes, other body parts…

CP: The face and other body parts. [laughing]

DC: You talked about some of the artisans and vendors and some of the cool merch that people can get there, but also, you yourself have Kreepsville and your Sweet chocolates and stuff like that.

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CP: Yes, that will definitely be there. The Kreepsville dresses and merchandise that they make; you know, T-shirts and purses and pens… you name it! They have a ton of stuff. And I’m going to be pitching my new book, which is coming out October 5th.  Since this is my 35th year being Elvira, we just this past year put together a book that is a… I call it a “coffin table book,” but it’s actually a coffee table book with about 350 pictures of Elvira from the very beginning of my career until the present day. I’m really super excited about that coming out this October, so we will be talking about that and having it there so that people can take a look at it… It’s not done yet.

DC: What is it called?

CP: It’s called Elvira Mistress of the Dark.

DC: That’s to the point! Will you be writing your memoirs someday? I remember interviewing you years ago, and you talked about working with Fellini and just all kinds of stuff most people probably don’t associate you with.

CP: Well, that is my next project. I have been working on it for a long, long time. Putting this coffee table book all together was hard work, but it was a lot easier than that autobiography. But I’m still working on it. It’s still going to be coming out one of these days, I hope, if I ever get to finish it. I just keep adding to it; it’s going to be as long as the Bible. And getting the time to sit down and write a book has been my problem so far. I still work a lot as the character. But that will be coming out… I had a pretty interesting life before Elvira even came along.

DC: One last thing on ScareLA… is it actually scary?

CP: Yes. But it’s really good for all ages. There are scary things there that kids don’t go into or need to go into or want to go into, but it’s definitely a family thing so it’s good for any age of people. They can get more info at ScareLA.com and also check out elvira.com for all the details on… everything!

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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Bring. It. On.

It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Pre-Production for Marcel Walz’s New Film

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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