Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Elvira Mistress of the Dark Famous Wardrobe Malfunction

"Hello, darlings, it's yours cruelly, Elvira. The gal with the set you won't soon forget. And I'm not talkin' your basic Trinitron." I wonder how many millions of teenage boys waited all week to hear those words, or others like them, in the early 80's when Elvira hosted Movie Macabre. Emanating from Los Angeles, Movie Macabre went through 140 episodes from 1981-1985, showing classics like Night of the Living Dead, The Legend of Hell House, Tombs of the Blind Dead, and my favorite all time movie, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things. How many times I sat there just wishing when they came back from a commercial break even more of that legendary cleavage would be exposed. Even fantasizing perhaps one of those breasts might escape the overstuffed black dress entirely. Well, it happened. On the set of the 1988 movie Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.

Elvira Mistress of the Dark Famous wardrobe malfunction during filming of the 1988 movie Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

This is Cassandra Peterson, who portrays Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, at age 61. Peterson was born in Manhattan, Kansas, and worked as a go-go dancer in her teens. Days after graduating from high school she moved to Las Vegas and became a showgirl at The Dunes. It was there she reportedly caught the eye of Elvis himself. She is portrayed nude on the cover of Tom Wait's 1976 album Small Change. In the early 70's Peterson moved to Italy and fronted the rock band I Latins Ochanats. Peterson won the role of Elvira by answering an open audition call at KHJ in Los Angeles, and the rest is part of horror legend. The night Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things was broadcast is the night I realized I was alive on this planet.

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