|infinite zest |
No Creature from the Black Lagoon?
|Prickly Pete |
"Chucky's just a living doll/ The 50 foot woman is awfully tall"
Good... real good...
|Maggot Brain |
I've always had a theory about the character that Cassandra Peterson plays; Elvira is just some hot chick they hired to ware the outfit and present the movie, she actually hates this horror crap. Kind of like how Shinya "Katcho" Arino from Game Center CX isn't a pro-gamer but is instead hired to "show the end of the game" to the audience.
Rodents of Unusual Size
It's more the opposite. Petersen was a regular at comedy improv and she pretty much designed her character herself, based on her love of everything horror pulp.
Are we talking kayfabe? Like RoUS says, I think Cassandra genuinely loves horror, just as Arino genuinely loves games. In-universe, I don't know. I don't know enough about the Elviraverse to say for sure; I never detected any subtextual hatred for the genre in any of her films, but there is that sort of chipper campiness throughout that feels at odds with the general goals of Horror. Compare this to, say, Rob Zombie, who also has a somewhat campy postmodern relationship with Horror, but really does seem to revel in the sickness and scariness of the genre! When Rob comments on Horror, it's like you're staring into the mind of a sociopath raised in front of a box TV, on a steady diet of 50s monster movies, CCA-banned murder comics, and neon green sugary cereal. But when Elvira comments on Horror, it feels like you're at a really fun Halloween party, with lots of sex. The elements of transgression and terror just aren't there.
I guess I'm kinda the opposite. I know a lot about Elvira but not too much about Zombie. For the most part, I see him as sort of an Ed Roth caricature from Hell or something, and as comparatively violent as House of 1000 Corpses was to Elvira's Universal-licensed Monsters with a Sexy Twist, I couldn't stop myself from laughing the entire way through that movie.
Rob's a sick individual, but he has a sense of humor. The laughter was intentional, although I think you have to be born after a certain year in order to appreciate the joke.
|infinite zest |
I love Elvira, but I don't see Peterson as someone who ever wanted to pursue a "serious" acting career. Her early non-Elvira stuff is sort of typical Hee-Haw bimbo stuff, and Elvira, despite the center(s) of attention, if you will, was (and is) a powerful voice and positive alternative role model for girls in the face of Barbies and whatever else.
SHE HAS BOOBS
I've been obsessed with the amazing tongue in cheek cheesiness of Elvira since I was a kid. It's fun. I thought her boobs were cartoonish and hilarious in the years before I was actually staring at them for other motivations. Basically, she has a performer legacy similar to Pee-Wee Herman and her appeal has maintained over the years much like Paul Reuben's act has.
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