Since I always go to work as Elvira, maybe a giant version of a cat. A black cat. I love cats and I think Elvira would look really good sitting on one.— Cassandra Peterson
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I love the old movies from my past, when I was growing up.
I just have a special place in my heart for them. They kind of feel like comfort food to me, so watching them is just cozy and warm.
I had this grand idea that Elvira's kind of the Santa Claus of Halloween - at the malls, you'd have an Elvira there. Girls would dress as Elvira just like guys dress as Santa Claus, and it's not the real thing, but they'll pose for pictures, sign autographs. Of course, I couldn't go around to every mall, so we'd have to get more Elviras.
Horror, for me, has to involve some sort of fantasy.
Horror is something that is in your dreams or your nightmares.
When I was into The Beatles, I cut my hair into a Beatle haircut, which looked so ridiculously stupid with my little cat-eye glasses that I wore.
Actually, when I was little I even dreamed about riding a black cat.
When I was Elvira, it was probably the phase of my hair getting too high.
I thought that if really high hair was good, then really higher hair was even better. So I just started having my hair get higher and higher. In some of the pictures, we had to cut off the picture because it was like Marge Simpson. So that was embarrassing. The wig phase.
People come up to me at conventions and say, 'I was such an outcast, I felt like such a geek, and when I saw you, you made me feel like such a normal person.' It's my favorite thing to hear, because that's how I felt when I was a kid. If Goth would've been around, I would've definitely been Goth. But there wasn't such a thing, so I was just weird.
If ever there was a holiday that deserves to be commercialized, it's Halloween.
We haven't taken it away from kids. We've just expanded it so that the kid in adults can enjoy it, too.
I knew I would grow up and wear a costume one day, and that's exactly what happened.
I can't tell you how exciting it was, because Vincent Price had made a huge impression on me when I was a little kid. I just loved him in films. And so meeting him and becoming friends with him was a big deal for me.
It is so hard nowadays to find a movie that I like.
I don't mind blood and gore. But I mind when its a slasher film, and its some guy looking for women. I am opposed to that kind of thing. Blood and gore? I love that kind of thing.
[Vincent Price] had a fish recipe where he wrapped [the fish] in aluminum foil and put in these herbs. And then you put it in the dishwasher and then you wash your dishes, and when you're done, your fish is steamed and it's perfect. But he was very sophisticated as far as art and food and all of that went.
How would Elvira run the state of California? Well, there isn't much I could do that is worse than what Arnold Schwarzenegger has done. Running it into the damn ground. If I was running the whole nation? I would have free Netflix movies for everyone.
Luckily, it's one of my favorite movies [ Night Of The Living Dead].
I never get tired of watching it.
The best was The Yardbirds. I still love The Yardbirds and The Zombies.
I think, cumulatively, I probably have done more photo sessions than just about everyone. Maybe as much as a supermodel. I know they model all the time, but have they done it for 35 years? I don't think so.
There are a lot of other movies I've done multiple times, like Werewolf Of Washington, where I really get tired of watching it.
I have a thing about underwear. I have to wear thongs. Since I was a showgirl in Las Vegas, and I was wearing G-strings all the time, I got this thing where I cannot stand to have on regular underwear. It drives me out of my mind.
Not a time with him passed that I didn't say, "You should've been a comedian.
" [Vincent Price] was hilarious. He was just such a quick, funny wit. I don't think most people would think that about him, and it was really surprising to me. But man, the guy had a brilliant wit.
When I lived in Las Vegas, I was meeting everybody: Sammy Davis Jr.
, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones - we won't go there - but all these people that were working in Vegas a million years ago, way before I was Elvira.
I would love to do something like 'Tosh.
0,' where I host Internet clips. I did host 'Talk Soup,' which is similar. I love doing that, making fun of video clips on the Internet.
The labor part wasn't so great, but seeing [my daughter] for the first time was pretty awesome. I mean, how does it get better than another actual person popping out of your stomach, you know?
When I was a kid... I don't know which was more embarrassing, when I was really into The Beatles or when I was a hippie.
It's weird. I guess I got so used to [g-strings] when I was really young that I just couldn't stand it anymore.
It certainly changes your life. So that may be a cliché, but I think any woman would say that [day when her baby born] would have been the most special day of their life.
I believed that lemmings really jump off of cliffs.
I chased every band around the world.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention, you name it. I could just go on and on. It was my hobby, my pastime, and my obsession for several years.
My first ones were The Young Rascals.
I made out with Dino Danelli, the drummer, in the alley behind the City Auditorium. Then I met Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. This is all way, way back in the day. Later I got in the big leagues, like chasing around The Rolling Stones. And I hid in the bus for Paul Revere & The Raiders. And The Zombies.
I am very, very anti-slasher.
[Vincent Price] did Oscar Wilde on Broadway, and I think he probably did it because he was almost like an Oscar Wilde. He had that brilliant humor.
When Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark came out, I got to go to Japan and Australia and France, Italy, Germany, everywhere with the movie. That was great, because I love traveling.
There's a lot that I watch over and over.
But I have to say, because of my line of work as a horror-movie hostess, I've probably seen Night Of The Living Dead more than any movie. I've probably seen it more than George A. Romero.
One of my favorite people I got to meet was my childhood idol, Vincent Price.
I got to not only meet him, but become friendly with him before he passed away.
People think, "Oh my god, you've been doing this job for so many years, it must get boring." It's like, "No, hell no," because I get to sing, I get to dance, I get to be on TV and in films, I get to do merchandising, licensing, show up at conventions, write, or take photographs for my book. There are so many different things going on for me that it never gets boring. It's always fun and interesting.
I always say there are no coincidences.
I was a complete mod and had to wear mod clothes and have a Beatle haircut, and I tried to talk in a Liverpool accent.
[Vincent Price] was the funniest damn guy I ever met.
Women like to be scared, but they don't like the blood and the gore, and especially movies that have violence and torture involving women. Women don't want to see that, I can tell you for damn sure right now.
I ended up spending some time with Jimi Hendrix and hanging out with him, and that was beyond awesome.
[I] go to the Golden Globes, the Grammys, all the awards shows.
Just stuff you would never get to do as a regular person were things that were really exciting for me.
I've met a lot of famous people. I'm lucky enough to have been able to be Elvira. I would probably have to say the most famous is probably Elvis Presley, though. I spent an evening, a night, and part of the next day with him.
I'm really proud and happy that we finally got it together thanks to Tweeterhead, which is the company that put it together for me. It's something that I always wanted to do, but really did not have the time to work on myself
I felt like I kind of got to know [Elvis Presley], and got a little peek inside what was going on there. That was pretty amazing.
I just count myself really lucky to have a career that I love and that continues to pay my rent.
[Brian Hyland autograph] was what got me started on going to concerts, because from then on, I was at every concert for everybody.
At least I get my little black dress cleaned once in awhile.
One of the things that's kind of persistent is that I am the model on the cover of Tom Waits' album, Small Change.
People were really staying away from me.
And that's kind of when I split up with all my best friends at school - they were going, "Something's happened to her, she's totally weird" - and found my new friends, who were Beatles fans.