Elvira is bringing her “haunted hills” home for fans with a Blu-ray release in plenty of time for Halloween.
Elvira’s Haunted Hills–starring Cassandra Peterson in her famous role as the horror hostess with the mostest–is the second film featuring the sexy siren. And now–thanks to Scream Factory–the movie will land on Blu-ray with a Collector’s Edition Sept. 28, according to comicbook.com. Pre-orders are being accepted now.
The 2001 Elvira’s Haunted Hills–which followed Peterson’s better-known 1988 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark–is directed by Sam Irwin from a screenplay by Peterson and John Paragon. The movie–also starring Richard O’Brien, Mary Scheer, Mary Jo Smith and Scott Atkinson–is a parody of the Roger Corban-directed Edgar Allan Poe horror flicks of the early ’60s and the Hammer Studio classics.
Dedicated to the legendary Vincent Price, the movie begins in 1851, when Elvira and her maid Zou Zou are on their way to the Yes I Can Can Paris revue when they “inadvertently end up at the medieval castle of the sinister Lord Vladimere Hellsubus. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Vladimere’s long-dead wife, Elvira learns of the Hellsubus curse and finds her life in danger.”
Is there a third Elvira big-screen adventure in the offing? Peterson said she’s working on it. “I wrote a treatment,” she said. “I’ve taken it to a couple of places.” When she has a more fleshed-out version, she said she would “take it to Netflix and Shudder and everyone else. I’m working with a production company–a really good, top-tier Hollywood production company.”
Peterson gained fame back in 1981 when Los Angeles radio station KHJ-TV hired her–sporting her now-signature revealing black gown–to host Elvira’s Movie Macabre, a weekly B-movie presentation. Her persona evolved from a cult figure to a lucrative brand–associated with everything from Halloween costumes and action figures to pinball machines and perfume.
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