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Hulu to Air 13 Night of Elvira

Still kooky after all these years, Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira, is back this Halloween with Hulu’s “13 Nights of Elvira.” I had the distinct privilege of speaking with your favorite horror hostess about her new show, her new single from Third Man Records, and her live show at Knott’s Scary Farm. You know her, you love her, you still want her. Admit it.

DC: Is this still your favorite time of year even though it’s when you’re working the hardest? Do you even have time to go to a haunted house or sit back and drink a pumpkin beer?

Elvira: No, none of that stuff. I look forward to a time to maybe get eight hours of sleep, but that doesn’t really happen; I think I got four last night. I’m shooting and doing interviews during the day and then doing the shows at night. Crazy.

DC: Do you usually go on a big vacation come November?

Elvira: Usually I try to; this year I’ve got Comikaze going on the next day which, you know, I own with Stan Lee, which is a big pop culture con here in L.A. and it’s really gotten huge. I have that starting November 1st, and then I leave shortly after that for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil – which is my second largest market, it’s so bizarre – for another con and I plan to take a few days off there so I hope that’s going to work out.

DC: Yeah, I hope for your sake too! Speaking of beer, I remember drinking Elvira’s Night Brew back when it was $2.99 a six-pack and it was a perfect complement while watching B-horror movies. How did you get started with your very own beer and have you considered starting it up again for a limited Halloween supply?

Elvira: (laughs) Yeah, I have a wine that I’m involved in now so I’ve moved on from beer to wine.

DC: So you’ve gotten a little classier.

Elvira: Yeah, yeah, we’re getting super classy over here. I wish I could do tequila or something; that would be awesome. Yeah… no, I don’t think I have any class; it just worked out that way.

DC: If we could go back in time for a second, I know you started off as a dancer and comedian, but was it the KHJ-TV Channel 9 open casting call for a horror host that started it all? The Elvira character was something you were doing in sketch comedy, right?

Elvira: Yeah, exactly. It was a giant open casting call, a cattle call, for everybody and their mother. I mean, they put it in the L.A. Times so, honestly, they had everything imaginable showing up; homeless people were in there waiting. It was crazy! I didn’t go in the first time, I was on my honeymoon, and I came back from my honeymoon and apparently they still hadn’t found anybody so I went in. It was the comedy improv background that got me the gig because I think the director of the show at the time – a guy named Larry Thomas – had a really funny, hokey sense of humor, and it kind of jived with my sense of humor. I was doing kind of a very Shecky Greene thing so he just honed in on it, really liked it, and told me to come up with a look. I was replacing their former horror host that had been on the station for many years, a horror host called Sinister Seymour, who had just passed away.

DC: Of course, then that suddenly leads to you being on Johnny Carson. Do you remember how they approached you to first be on “The Tonight Show”?

Elvira: Yeah, it was unbelievable. It was only a few weeks into the show and I had gotten all kinds of signals that this thing was really taking off. It was like, ‘What? Are you kidding?’ I was attacked by a mob of construction workers walking down the street and they were like, ‘Oh my God, you’re Elvira!’ They were like a bunch of little giggling girls, I couldn’t believe it. I had to take my name out of the phone book, which back in the day you had to put your name in the phone book, because people were calling me morning, noon and night. So I was getting these signals that this thing was really happening, people were calling me asking me to show up at their grocery store, their barber shop, everything you can mention. We got a call from “The Tonight Show” asking me to come on. I couldn’t believe it; back then “The Tonight Show” was the gigantic show to be on. There weren’t a hundred different ones like there are today. There was just one and it was the place to be. That was absolutely shocking; it was amazing I made it through that interview without fainting, I swear to God.

DC: How do you usually pick the films you’re lampooning, and why these particular films for “13 Nights of Elvira”? I definitely watched a lot of them growing up, but I think maybe Night of the Living Dead, which is showing Halloween night, might be the only film you’ve featured on the show before, does that sound right?

Elvira: Night of the Living Dead I’ve done at least three times, maybe four. I don’t use any of the same material though when I’m talking about it. It’s public domain and it also happens to be one of my favorite movies ever, but the rest of the movies we got from Charles Band this year. The way I picked them, and there’s really no picking, it’s like, ‘What can I get?’ You have to approach whoever owns them and beg to get them for no money. There’s not hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for these films. You just catch what you can and hope it’ll be good. Luckily, I love these movies from Charles Band; there are some really awesome and campy ones. We also got Hobgoblins because Hobgoblins is listed as one of the worst movies ever.

DC: It’s a little bit of Bettie Page meets Gremlins

Elvira: It’s like a student film or something; I loved it because of that. But the other films… there’s Puppet Master, and I’ve always loved Puppet Master; there’s Evil Bong, which is hilarious with Tommy Chong, who’s a friend, so it was cool to see that. Some of these movies like Oblivion were actually forerunners to other films that came out that actually had a budget. Oblivion is definitely the precursor to Cowboys & Aliens; it’s all there. And it’s directed by Sam Irvin – one of my favorite people in the world – who also directed Elvira’s Haunted Hills. So that’s actually a decent movie and it’s got George Takei and a few people in it. We were able to get these movies from Charles Band, and they’re good and bad at the same time so they’re perfect for Elvira.

DC: Since new films are now available in the public domain since you’ve been doing it so long, maybe that keeps things fresh. How many bad movies have you actually seen?

Elvira: Ugh, billions. I mean they’ve all run together into one big bad, horrible movie. I’ve seen probably everything there is to watch. The one I really need to see that everybody keeps telling me about and I haven’t seen is, it’s not a horror movie, but The Room. Have you seen that?

DC: I knew you were going to say The Room. Yeah, I actually saw that in Vancouver for the first time at this place called the Rio Theatre.

Elvira: I’ve got to actually finally sit down and watch that thing. But yeah, I’ve seen all the movies, of course, that I use on any of my shows, in any of the video libraries that I’ve done; I’ve done a million different productions for various video releases. I think for the original Movie Macabre there were 230 movies that I did, and I don’t think there’s one I haven’t seen, I swear.

DC: Are there any plans to have a DVD release of the entire Movie Macabre series?

Elvira: There’s an awesome DVD collection that just came out this week; it’s called Elvira’s Coffin Collection from Entertainment One; and it’s all the movies that I just did for syndication, 26 films all in one coffin-shaped little package. It just came out and (whispering) I have it at Elvira.com. It’s very cool.

DC: Can we talk about the music video for “Two Big Pumpkins”? How did you get involved with Third Man Records for the single? I know you were just seen at Knott’s Scary Farm with Jack White, Josh Homme, and Paul Reubens – all you guys together could possibly be the greatest supergroup of all time.

Elvira: I know, it was so fun that they all came out the same night. I’ve known Jack for a long time now. I go out and stay at his house in Nashville sometimes; we got to be really good friends. He’s just a big Elvira fan. He always says that if he was ever a woman, he would be me. Quite a compliment. So, Jack I’ve known for years and he helped me out with my last vinyl; he’s really been a huge help for me with all kinds of work-related stuff. Obviously, Pee-wee and I have been friends for 35 years, more than that. Oh my God, I hate to say how long because we were in The Groundlings together way before he was Pee-wee or I was Elvira. We are still very close. It was just a fantastic night! And they really had a good time, my dream come true.

DC: It’s incredible to me that you’ve been at Knott’s Scary Farm for so long. Have you considered ever doing a kind of four-wall tour around the country? I know that something like the Alamo Drafthouse, for example, would be a great place to have you perform. Or is it just easier to stay in one place for a month and have all the freaks come to you?

Elvira: Probably to stay at one place. I mean, this is a huge production if you’ve never seen it. They bring in the Cirque du Soleil people to do all of the lights and there are a dozen dancers and there are acts I have this year because it’s circus-themed – it’s called Elvira’s Big Top. I’ve got freak show sideshow acts. It’s just tons of rehearsals; I could never do this on the road. I guess that’s why Cher and Britney Spears go to Vegas.

DC: You could always go back to Vegas; you spent some time there once before.

Elvira: That’s true; it’d be like full circle, right? I could wind up in Vegas. First I’m the youngest showgirl of all time, then I end up being the oldest.

“13 Nights of Elvira” premieres this Sunday, October 19th, with 1989’s Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. Check out the full schedule below the trailer.

  • Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle of Death (1989) – Holy guacamole, this movie is the pits! Elvira is no stranger to “man-eating women,” but she may have bit off more than she can chew in this indigestible entrée, starring  Adrienne Barbeau, Shannon Tweed, and a young Bill Maher, who’s still trying to live this turkey down. (Premieres Sunday, October 19)
  • Puppet Master (1989) – The cult classic gets the hook when Elvira’s pulling the strings. There’s more Punch than Judy in this cinematrocity.  (Premieres Monday, October 20)
  • Demonic Toys (1992) – No one likes playthings more than the Mistress of the Dark. But these toys are straight out of Hell’s toy box. Playtime is over! (Premieres Tuesday, October 21)
  • Hobgoblins (1988) – Elvira’s couch is infested with pesky little critters who are clearly Gremlin rejects. The only way she’s gonna get rid of them is to endure this flick. (Premieres Wednesday, October 22)
  • The Gingerdead Man (2005) – Elvira’s holiday gift is this awful lump of coal, straight off the naughty list. Gary Busey stars as the voice of this psychotic cookie made from the ashes of a serial killer and a few drops of blood.  This is a recipe for disaster in this creepy clas-sick. (Premieres Thursday, October 23)
  • Dollman (1991) – Elvira is playing with a guy who’s got 13 inches!!! Actually, that’s all he’s got. He’s 13 inches high! Tim Thomerson stars in this knee-high nightmare.  (Premieres Friday, October 24)
  • Trancers (1985) – Elvira sets her sights on the far-off future, and 1985, in this high-tech time travel chase through the minds of killers! (Premieres Saturday, October 25)
  • Oblivion (1994) – Fly the “fiendish” skies with Elvira as your host on a devilish trip to Oblivion. It’s cowboys and aliens as a bizarre gang of futuristic desperados, including cult faves Julie Newmar and George Takei, attempt to turn this tumbleweed town into their own private playground. (Premieres Sunday, October 26)
  • Shrunken Heads (1994) – Elvira is put through the ringer and hung out to dry after sitting through this movie. She should have quit while she was a head! (Premieres Monday, October 27)
  • Hideous (1997) – Elvira always says, when you can’t say something nice about a movie, come sit by her. And with this movie, she’s got plenty to say!  (Premieres Tuesday, October 28)
  • Evil Bong (2006) – Potheads Beware: You may enjoy this trip so much you’ll DIE! Join Elvira as she gets a whiff of this “High Art” and gets high with a little help from her friend Tommy Chong. (Premieres Wednesday, October 29)
  • Seedpeople (1992) – Elvira is often mistaken for someone else, but this time even the alien creatures crawling out from inside these unsuspecting townspeople don’t want to be mistaken for her.   (Premieres Thursday, October 30)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968) – Elvira resurrects the original zombie classic and devours it with raw energy! Elvira loves George A. Romero’s masterpiece so much, she’s takin it to the grave!  (Premieres Friday, October 31)

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.

Yuuko

The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.

Fuchi

The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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Mill Creek Celebrates Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror in February

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Mill Creek Entertainment is kicking off the new year with a couple of collections that have nothing but giving you the shivers on their agenda!  Read on for the details of both Shadow Stalkers and 100 Years of Horror!

Shadow Stalkers – February 6, 2018

Let the nightmares begin with this freaky film collection filled with creepy clowns, masked killers, and maniacal murderers.

Out of the Dark – 1988 – R – Karen Black, Bud Cort
Happy Birthday to Me – 1981 – R – Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford
Eyes of Laura Mars – 1978 – R – Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif
Don’t Answer the Phone – 1980 – R – James Westmoreland, Nicholas Worth
Nightmare in Wax – 1969 – R – Cameron Mitchell, Anne Helm, Scott Brady
Bloody Pit of Horror – 1965 – R – Mickey Hargitay
Silent Night, Bloody Night – 1972 – R – Patrick O’Neal, Mary Woronov, John Carradine
Funeral Home – 1980 – R – Barry Morse, Kay Hawtry
Don’t Open Till Christmas – 1984 – R – Edmund Purdom, Belinda Mayne
The Driller Killer – 1979 – R – Abel Ferrara

100 Years of Horror – February 6, 2018

Hosted by Christopher Lee, 100 Years of Horror is the first show of its kind ever produced; it chronicles the history of movie horror from the earliest experimental chillers through the unforgettable golden age of movie monsters and on through today’s terrifying fright films.

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