(Transcribed by Liza Delgado)
This is Elvira.
Hello, this is Dagon, I dont know if you remember me from the Halloween show,
I had the rat with me.
I remember you very well, when my husband said that he talked to you, I said
"I remember that guy" You have a name thats pretty hard to forget, Dagon.
With the look and the rat, too.
Have you had a busy day?
Oh Yeah, Im driving to Orange Country to Knox Berry Farm as we speak.
Tell me what you're doing in your show, is it a big type Las Vegas show?
Its the biggest holiday attraction in America, the whole theme park is
dressed for Halloween. Its been going on 26 years now since they have had the
Halloween haunt, and they have several shows in the park, and my show being the largest
its like a Vegas type show. I dance and sing and do jokes, I have an
audience participation game this year with members of the audience called Halloween
jeopardy, and it's really fun. Its like a 35 minute show and I do 4 of them a night.
Have you done this a couple of years running?
I have been there 13 years, its my 13th year.
Thats quite a number there
Yeah really, My lucky 13.
The 3D movie that your doing now
do you need the glasses for that?
Yeah, they supply glasses when you go in. Its not the little dorky blue and
red kind we used to have, they look like real sunglasses.
How long is that movie?
Id say its about 30 minutes. I dont know exactly.
Whats it about? Is it kind of along the lines of Elvira Mistress of the Dark?
No, not at all, its called "Encounters in the 3rd Dimension" and
its an educational film about the 3D process. How it began the history of it, why it
hasnt caught on with new technology. Its sort of educational and Im in
there doing a music video of one of my songs. The CD is called "Monster hits",
its from Rhino records, and "Revenge of the Monster Hits".
Along those same lines, I was looking at the 3D ride that you're doing. Thats
some incredible artwork. Did you have anything to do with the planning of that?
Not so much with the ride, we could say Yes or No, but basically its made in
Belgium. These artist are amazing. I was just hired because they think I work well
with this kind of stuff. So they just use me.
Is that going to be available throughout the country?
The ride? Yeah, Superstition will be around the country. It depends on where
theres a theatre location that can do it.
Could that be in arcades and that type of thing? Or is it pretty much got to be in
Superstition, they make special theatres for it, they have one here at Universal.
Or it can be used in one of those movable kinds of trucks. Have you seen those? That goes
. Like a mobile ride, flight stimulator.
I just saw it there watching the video tape, I would love to take the ride, it
probably rocks you back and forth and all that other kind of stuff, 3D motion.
The ride is a thousand times better than watching just the tape because your seat
is moving up and down and your moving, its really like going on a really narly
Its almost like that just watching the tape.
even without the moving
its really amazing and you
cant believe the technology. When you see this 3D movie thats coming out in
the spring, its mind boggling
I dont know how they do it. The same people
The 3D movie that you did
is that a lot of 3D animation too? Or it live
the 3D movie is all live action on my part, but I shot the whole thing in a big
empty room, with a blue screen behind me.
So everything but you is raytraced?
Yeah, there is another character in the movie Stuart Pankin, hes an actor,
we're the only real things in the movie. Yes, everything else is computer generated.
Thats pretty incredible
This is really incredible when you see it. I couldnt even believe it myself.
I saw that Chicago was on the list
Do you have any idea were it would be
Well, where ever there is a 3D Ominmax theatre, its not a regular Ominmax
theatre, and it would have to be a special theatre for this process. Its not coming
out until spring, it was suppose to be coming out at the end of this month, but it will
not be released until spring.
O.K. Ill be sure to report that. I was going through your website to and saw
that you worked with Pita.
Yeah, Im a big Pita supporter.
I have a close friend here in Chicago, Helen Omeish, that works with Pita a lot and
she does the Lady Gadiva thing. She rides the horse naked and what not.
I talked to my girlfriend Judy Patuda into doing that for them when they were in
Are you a vegetarian or a vegan?
Are you doing anything with them this Halloween? I know your going to be on Animal
Planet on Halloween.
Its called "The Pet shop." It's me as Cassandra, with my dog
Gram. The Pita magazine this month has some stuff about me in it. I have a thing in there,
like the 5 worst things to buy for Halloween.
Can you rattle them off?
1. A fur trimmed coat
2. Festive food platter with foie gras (fatted goose liver)
3. Subscibtion to "American Vogue"
4. Lifetime passes to Ringling Bros. Barnum & Baily Circus
5. Donation to March of Dimes
It s a really funny article. Its in the Pita magazine, so if you go to the
Pita website, mine has a link to it, you can request a magazine for the month of October.
I heard that you were close with Phil Hartmen, I dont know if you what to
talk about that?
Yeah, we were very close.
And that you might have seen something like that coming and you were trying to help
him get out of that situation.
No, I didnt see anything like that coming, not at all. NO. I had once tried
talking him out of marrying this wife because she was just a flake. We had a big argument
and we didnt talk for 2 years. I just didnt think she was a great person for
him to get married to, because she had substance abuse problems. I dont think
its great to get into a relationship with someone who has that kind of problem.
Its hard enough when you're sober.
Yeah, to get a relationship going
Phil had had three failed marriages, so he
had already been through 3 divorces, so I was like "Phil come on."
How long did you know him for?
I knew Phil for 22 years. My husband knew him for 27 years, he knew him since he
was a kid. Phil and I worked together at the Groundlings for 4 ½ years. So we were very
Did you do that as Cassandra or as Elvira?
Cassandra, before I was Elvira. That was instrumental in getting me into the show,
into being Elvira, because the Director of the show had come down to see me in the
Groundlings, doing comedy improv and thought that I was a good comedian and was looking
for a woman who could be sexy and do comedy.
And you do both very, very well. Just as an off beat question. I was watching in
the movie, "Elvira Mistress of the Dark", your jumping around doing all
this stuff and the costume never moves. It moves but it never comes close to coming off.
I can stand on my head
Is it glued to you with spirit glue or something?
No, its not glued to me, you're the second person to ask me that question
today. Its just this amazing bra thats in there thats really tight.
You're so pacted in there, there is no where to move to.
You never had any outtakes or had to say cut and put them back?
No, unfortunately for everybody, fortunately for me no. I never had a problem with
Talking about before you were Elvira, you were in "Fellinis Roma."
Im so flattered to have worked with Fellini, I got to meet him and talk to
him a lot. He was very nice to me and helpful. I didnt speak Italian so he had to
really guide me through the whole thing. He kept me working for 30 days. I was desperate
for work. One day he let me be a hooker in the hooker scene and then the next day Id
be a student in the riots, Id be on the back of a motorcycle riding around. They had
a lot of scenes and were just shooting things in Rome. What ever would come up, he would
just stick me in it. For me it was great, because I got to work and actually make some
How about "Diamonds are Forever"?
Thats the first movie Id ever done. They came to Las Vagas to shoot,
they picked our show to shoot a little scene on stage there with a comedian. They picked
two show girls out of the chorus, I was to accompany this comedian on stage, and so
I was one of the girls. Later I went to London and they used me as an extra again in
another scene when I went over there I had lunch with Shawn Connery, Michael Kane, and
Tony Curtis one day, it was so cool. The big film studio over in London
. I can't
remember the name. They were showing the behind the scenes, you know in
"Diamonds are Forever" they land on the moon, They recreated the moon and
all the crators out of mash potatoes, they took me in there and the smell was so bad.
You were in an episode of Happy Days? You were a stripper. Was that in front of a
live audience with Fonzy? Ive been looking for it and havent seen it. There
were two episodes of Happy Days in a strip club.
Im pretty sure it was in front of a live audience, its been so long.
Was it when Fonzys future bride was one of the girls and he didnt know
she was a stripper?
I think I was Richies girlfriend or something and he found out I was a
You're right, there where 3 of them, so you played Richie's girlfriend?
I think he wanted to date me, until his parents found out that I was a stripper.
Thats the 3rd one and I wasnt even thinking of that episode. How about
"Pee wees Big Adventure"?
I was in that because I was Paul Rubens friend and Paul put all his friends in the
movie, Phil Hartman, all the people that were in the Goundlings were basically in the
I heard hes making a come back.
Yeah, he is, he has a movie coming out.
I thought after all that happened they should have put his show on after Saturday
I thought so to, late at night, but he doesnt want to run it. Hes had
opportunities, MTV wanted to buy it, but he wont sell it.
One question I have to ask you, have you ever had any haunted experience? Anything
Supernatural or anything like that happened to you?
Oh yeah, Ive had several. It all started when I bought this house I was
living in a while ago. Its a big old dark four story house in Hollywood Hills. It
was built in 1910 and there had been 3 deaths there. One was an accidental death, a girl
feel in the swimming pool. One was a murder, a husband killed his wife and the lover.
Another was a suicide, by hanging in a bedroom closet. Its always nice to know when
your sleeping that someone hung themselves in your closet.
Did you know all of this before you bought it?
No, I didn't, I found it all out from old neighbors that lived in the area for
50-60 years. They had newspaper clippings and told us the stories. We always had these old
people showing up on our door step " I lived in this house when I was 5 years
old" It was amazing all the people that would come back to see this old house. Before
I started hearing all these stories, I started hearing and seeing all these odd things
going on in this house, many times. I had a priest come there and a Minister and an
American Indian come there and all do blessings and spirit removal.
What would happen?
People walking around on the 4th floor and I didnt have anything on the 4th
floor, nothing up there at all. It had a very thin winding staircase, it was really hard
to put any furniture up there it was basically a big empty room. I would hear distinct
walking at night up there, sometimes when I would come home all the lights would be on
upstairs. I would be scarred out of my mind to go up there and turn them off. I would ask
my husband " Did you go upstairs to the 4th floor?" And he would say "No, I
havent been up there in 3 weeks" I'd ask anybody that was in our house, nobody
went up there. I saw a person sitting in front of my fireplace one night in a chair, it
was as real as you and me, I started talking to the person. I was expecting people over
for a dinner party and ran downstairs and there was this guy sitting in a chair and I said
Hello and he just stared at me and I got a little creeped out because I thought I
dont know who this is. I turned around to call my husband and when I turned back
around he was gone. Never saw him again. I saw a puff of smoke one night while I was lying
in bed, I thought the house was on fire and I bolted right up because the smoke was right
in the great room, as we called it, was right outside the bedroom door. It just hung there
in the air and I kept staring at it. I was ready to wake up my husband because I thought
it was a fire, fire is what I was really afraid of in our house because it was wood and it
was made in 1910 so it would go up like a match.
And the exorcisms didnt help either?
Those I had after all this happened.
Did it keep happening?
No, it calmed down, actually I felt very, very safe in this house in spite of all
this stuff happening. I was going to tell you that the smoke turned into a woman wearing a
nurse uniform came into the bedroom and bent over my husband and said "I have to take
him into the swimming pool" I asked "Were are you taking him?" And she said
"Into the swimming pool" I said " No your not" then she turned back
into smoke. I know this is really odd, I thought I was cracking up, I felt like I had to
go to a psychiatrist
Beside the haunted house area, we have a ghost story area where you can click on a
state and read ghost stories. Ill have to include that, if you dont mind.
It was really bizarre, I had friends who said they had dreams about the house and
that in the basement there was something very, very bad under the house. That the people
in the house the spirits where protecting us from what ever was under the house. I had one
friend who had this very vivid dream and then I had another friend who had the same dream
without even knowing each other. I did feel safe there despite being right in the middle
of Hollywood, I never even locked my doors, and ever at night the entire time I lived
there and never had any problems there.
Is that why you ended up selling?
No, actually it wasnt for sale but Brad Pitt made us an offer we could not
refuse, he kept coming back and offering us more money and we kept saying no its not
Did he know about all of this?
I told him about it, he liked it, he thought it was cool. I told him that thinking
that he wouldnt be interested in it anymore because we really did not want to sell
it, when we finally sold it, I was 9 months pregnant and we were moving in August and we
had no place to move so we had to go rent someplace.
I didnt even know you had a child or children.
Yeah, I have one daughter. Shes going to be four on Monday.
Thank you, anyway, we sold the house even though we didnt want to but at a
certain point there come an offer of so much money that you go "Im out of my
mind if I dont do this"
Totally off the topic, Im just curious, What do think of this Clinton thing?
I dont know if you ever saw Time magazine at the time the Monica Lewinsky
story broke, did you see the very first sentence of that article? The first sentence was
"They call her Elvira" Her large bosom, her big hair, her coquettish demeanor.
Her nickname was Elvira at the Whitehouse, which I really got a kick out of. I sent Time a
letter saying, "If I had a reputation you would have ruined it" They never
printed it. Now its really bad. So that was an interesting tie with the whole thing.
My opinion is just get over it everybody. Its like a big witch-hunt. I dont
think Clinton is a great guy for doing all this stuff, I think hes a jerk, a typical
jerky guy, but I still think he is a good President and I dont think one effects the
other in my opinion. Its just getting one horrible thing on top of the other. Let
him go on and do his Damn job.
Hes President, he can do what ever he wants.
I think hes like a rockstar, or President, and if your President youre
a rockstar or like a famous actor you have woman throwing themselves on you and its
pretty damn hard if youre a guy, with all that power to turn down
And believe me she was throwing herself at him and nobody hangs onto a stain dress
for 6 months after that
I dont know, I got a couple of them
I just think he was a regular horny typical guy with to much power and he just
couldnt turn it down.
I wanted to tell you to that your website looks really nice. Its really cool.
Thank you, my husband is always raving about your website.
Thanks. I want to get your doll, too. When will that be available.
Its not coming out till November everything is being pushed back. It will be
in collection stores.
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