Who could ever turn down horror icon Elvira? The Mistress of the Dark, aka actress Cassandra Peterson, updated fans on some previous sequel and TV series plans she had mentioned. She had been asked on Insta back in January if she'd be bringing Elvira's Movie Macabre to Netflix. She replied "I'm workin' on it!" and added a fingers-crossed emoji.
At the time, it wasn't clear if she meant just having the original show on Netflix or -- as many fans hoped -- also maybe doing some new episodes as a Netflix original. After the cult classic aired in the '80s, Elvira's Movie Macabre was brought back in syndication in the U.S. in 2010. In 2014, 13 new episodes were produced as 13 Nights of Elvira for Hulu.
During the same fan chat, she was asked if she'd ever do a sequel to her 1988 movie Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Here's her response (via MovieWeb):
Last year, at another fan event, Cassandra Peterson mentioned that she'd written a treatment for a new Elvira movie and was shopping it around to Netflix, Hulu, and Shudder.
That all sounded promising, but Elvira updated fans on August 27 that Netflix was apparently not interested in the Elvira business:
Well, unpleasant dreams to you too, Netflix. Fans were upset, but many immediately suggested she contact horror streamer Shudder. To the surprise of just about everyone, Cassandra Peterson said Shudder wasn't interested either:
Really? It's not clear exactly what Shudder was turning down -- a new series, a new movie, just airing her classic Elvira's Movie Macabre episodes, or maybe all of it. Without knowing the full context, it's hard to know what led to a rejection. Too expensive? Are there any rights issues? It's hard to imagine they just didn't think the content would be a good fit. It sounds like a perfect fit. Shudder does already have Elvira: Mistress of the Dark ready to stream.
Elvira's Cassandra Peterson was clearly disappointed, but it sounds like she's not ready to give up, she's just looking for what to do next:
Some fans are saying they could probably crowd-fund a new movie. Others are tweeting directly to Netflix and Shudder to make it clear they want to watch Elvira's show. A few others are suggesting she try Amazon, Hulu, Horror Channel, etc.
Elvira still has a lot of fans out there, and with The Streaming Wars heating up, this might be a way for a streamer to grab onto a niche horror fan base and build it up again. A revival series, a sequel, whatever else. Do you want to see it happen? Speak now...
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