Comic-Con


“Just call me Lady TaTa.”

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Many remember Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, for hosting classically bad horror films in the early 1980s, adding her own brand of humor to the mix and showcasing her … *ahem* … talents. And although the big studio films got all of the attention at Comic-Con 2010, a very big announcement was made in a small press conference that should get plenty of people all across America excited: Elvira is returning to weekly television this fall with the tentatively titled “Elvira’s Movie Macabre”.

Along with giving press the details of what movies will be featured, Elvira let us know that Jack White will be composing the theme song and that they only chose movies that she liked. All of them have been digitally remastered and she’s happy to have a chance to start the show back up with edgier humor than before. A short Q & A session then followed (paraphrased from various outlets):

Any plan to do something in 3D?
– “I would love to do 3D but unfortunately only have 2 D’s right now.”

For those who didn’t watch your show in the 80′s, what would you like the next generation to know about you?
- “I want [them] to know that I’m more than a good looking face and boobs … I’ve also got a great pair of legs.”

How do you stay so beautiful?
- “A very strict diet of virgin’s blood, which is harder and harder to find, exercise and plenty of holy water.”

Do you still enjoy coming to Comic-Con?
- “Definitely. It’s important to show fans I’m still alive … or dead as the case may be.”

What do you think of the renewed interest in vampires?
- “It’s not new for me. For me, they’ve always been hot and it comes around and comes around.”

What do you think of the Twilight movies?
- “They hold no interest for me. [They're] models come alive as vampires.” (and after trying to bite her tongue) “I hate the Twilight movies, I have to say.”

Many women have tried to take on the mantle of female empowerment – Lady GaGa and others. What do you think of these pretenders to the throne?
- “I say … Well, I was going to say something rude … I’d say stay out of my way and out of the way of the front of my car. Just call me Lady TaTa.”

Among the other questions, Elvira also revealed that she currently has no plans to return to Knott’s Scary Farm (a Halloween tradition at a Los Angeles area theme park), she’d love to get the rights to the original “House on Haunted Hill” for the show, the familiar couch will return to the new set and that no, she doesn’t get lonely on it.

The plan is to put the Elvira spin on 26 features, including such classics as “Night of the Living Dead”, “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” and “Manos, The Hands of Fate” (which is regarded as one of the worst films ever made). Fans of the show’s prior incarnation will be happy to know the format won’t change too much; Elvira will introduce each film, add some comments going in and out of commercial breaks and conclude the show with some food for thought. New to the show, however, she will be popping in and out of the film itself should any scene warrant some more directed attention.

In San Diego, the show is scheduled to air on the CW (XETV) beginning the weekend of September 25th. Distributed by Trifecta Entertainment & Media, the two hour show will air on television stations representing more than 80% of U.S. households via THIS! Television Network and other affiliates (see local listings for station/day/time). Enjoy a few more photos of this horror icon and get ready for the return of spooky good times this fall.

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