Animated Movie May Be In The Offing For Elvira

The Queen of Halloween is open to making another movie–and she thinks animation, not live-action, is the way to go.

And what better time for the creepily campy Elvira to announce her cinematic intentions than mere days before Halloween itself? Cassandra Peterson–who has portrayed the cult horror movie TV hostess lo these many years now–this week said she would like to make an animated film of her character’s exploits, as reported by

With a live-action sequel to her 1988 classic Elvira: Mistress of the Dark now far on the back burner–both Netflix and Shudder passed on a reboot last year–animation seems to be the next best thing for the eerie entertainer.

Peterson, in a recent interview, said she has already moved forward with her plans. “I have written a treatment, and I just collaborated with another writer on a more detailed treatment,” she said. “I am honestly thinking that it is gonna go the way of animation now.”

Animated films are “very hot right now,” Peterson added. “I really like it–you don’t have to look good, you don’t have to dress up. The character (Elvira) lends itself so well to comic books and animation. She really is a kind of cartoon character anyway. I think that’s the way it’s going to go. The sky’s the limit.”

Of course, Elvira is no stranger to animated films. The character appeared in this season’s Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! (that also featured Bill Nye, the Science Guy and the longtime Batman villain Scarecrow) as well as last year’s Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island.

Peterson–who created her Elvira persona back in 1981 to be the hostess of a Los Angeles horror movie-themed TV show–has also starred in a follow-up live-action feature, Elvira’s Haunted Hills (2001), and has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows and live events. Her likeness also has graced more than 1,000 licensed products, including the recently announced Mezco Toyz Living Dead Dolls collection.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on the comings and goings of Elvira–both in animated and live-action form.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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