In 1988, when Cassandra Peterson starred in the campy-as-hell feature Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the goth-punk B-horror-movie hostess Peterson created was at the height of her popularity. But before the rest of the country — and world — caught on, Elvira belonged to Southern California. In 1981, Elvira's Movie Macabre launched on local late-night TV after Peterson beat out 200 other...

In 1988, when Cassandra Peterson starred in the campy-as-hell feature Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the goth-punk B-horror-movie hostess Peterson created was at the height of her popularity. But before the rest of the country — and world — caught on, Elvira belonged to Southern California. In 1981, Elvira's Movie Macabre launched on local late-night TV after Peterson beat out 200 other...

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