Before goth was cool Elvira was hot
For legions of young horror fans, Elvira was a sea change. Sexy and funny, she changed the way people thought about fandom. Through Cassandra Petrerson’s character you could be funny and cool and like genre films.
Peterson explains that she was bit by the horror bug from a young age, although it was a love/hate relationship at the start:
My first entrée into horror was my cousin Danny taking me downtown to the Chief Theatre in Colorado Springs to see The House On Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price. I had a love/hate obsession with the movie and with Vincent Price. I was in second or third grade and I came home from that movie and had nightmares every night for a month. But at the same time, I was obsessed with it.