Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – is a perfect spokeswoman for the Season. After making her debut in September of 1981 with Elvira’s Movie Macabre she quickly became an icon. For one thing I think viewers appreciated the self-depreciating humor of the character. In addition there were the puns…those wonderfully horrible puns.
Furthermore by the time this particular Mug TV commercial aired – Elvira had already appeared in her 1988 movie. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark of course!
I am afraid the film didn’t exactly set the box office on fire with its ticket sales. In spite of attempting to do that very thing to her in the movie.
Elvira though proved you can’t keep a good ghoul down!
I doubt that way back in 1981 when Cassandra Peterson came up with the character, she ever thought that she would be featured in comic books, video games, and two Bally/Midway pinball tables.
On the other hand – her natural charm makes her the go to gal for Halloween, right? I can recall seeing this ad back in 1989. I drank a lot of Mugs Root Beer. Owing to the fact that I really wanted that chance to visit Universal Studios and see the Bates motel. The opportunity to hang out with Elvira…that was totally a cherry on top.
In spite of guzzling gallons of Mugs – I didn’t win. On the other hand we are all winners thanks to Dinosaur Dracula uploading this commercial!
Did you happen to spy The Hills Have Eyes Michael Berryman in that ad? You can see him at around the 15 second mark!
With Halloween getting nearer I find that after getting off work I’ll normally crash in front of the record player and listen to some vintage Halloween audio treats. On 1988’s Elvira Presents: Haunted Hits there is wonderful selection of songs ranging from the “Monster Mash” by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers to “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” by the Cramps.
While I didn’t pick up the record originally in 1988, it was probably about ten years later when I added it to my collection it was the first time I heard Jumpin’ Gene Simmons’ 1964 hit novelty song “Haunted House”.
Jumpin’ Gene Simmons got his start at Sun Records back in 1958, he was actually the opening act for a little known singer named Elvis Presley. Simmons’ only top 40 hit was his cover of “Haunted House” which was in fact originally recorded by Johnny Fuller in 1958.
Earlier this week on Facebook the esteemed Geeky Vixen of the Adventures of a Geeky Vixen blog shared this 1984 music video featuring Elvira, Mistress of the Dark singing a song entitled “Trick or Treat”. While it’s an absolutely wonderful treat and especially great considering the time of year…it’s really her back-up singers that blew my mind!
It might be a bit easier to make them out in the music video but that is none other than Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) and John Paragon (Jambi)…and even a quick wave of the hand by Vincent Price!
You’ve seen her dozens of times, but you don’t know who she is. She has been in Mr. Belvedere, Star Trek IV, Growing Pains, Night Court, 227, Webster, Amazing Stories, Facts of Life, Who’s Harry Crumb, Romancing the Stone and lots of other 80s classics, but you probably don’t know her name. So I’ll give it to you. It’s Eve Smith.
Yeah, you know her now, don’t you. Eve Smith (1905-1997) was in the background of some of our favorite movies and shows. Here are a few of my favorite Eve Smith scenes:
She later sees McCoy in the hall and yells, “There’s the man who gave me a new kidney!” or something like that.
Best Eve Smith line ever.
Okay, so Eve was no Clara Peller or Anne Ramsey, but she was in a ton of stuff, much more than what I could find clips for. I saw her tons of times as a kid. And I bet you did, too.