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Elvira Taking Her Act to Disc

2 Dec, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Elvira is coming to DVD. Cassandra Peterson, the former Las Vegas showgirl who in the early 1980s gained fame as the raven-haired TV horror-film hostess, is taking her act to Shout! Factory.

The independent DVD supplier has licensed the entire archive of Elvira-hosted movies, including “Elvira's Movie Macabre,” the nationally syndicated television series that ran from 1981 until 1986.

Peterson is screening her wraparounds to pick her favorites, and then Shout! Factory will begin the clearance process for the hosted movies that are not in the public domain.The first releases likely will be out in time for Halloween 2006, said Eric Gardner, CEO of Panacea Entertainment, who brokered the deal.

Among the more than 300 films in the Elvira archive are such cult classics as Crucible of Horror; Roger Corman's Fall of the House of Usher, with Vincent Price; The House That Dripped Blood; and the quasi-comedic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

“It's amazing how many people have asked me over the years, when are these movies going to be out again, or where can we find them,” Peterson said. “Now, I finally can give them an answer.”

“Elvira's Movie Macabre” began airing in 1981 on Los Angeles television station KHJ-TV. Within two years, the show could be seen in more than 80 markets. The series remained a ratings winner until production ceased in late 1985.

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