Cassandra Peterson played the role of Elvira the horror hostess in the film Mistress of the Dark. She became popular due to her Gothic fashion sense. She is always caught wearing black outfit with plunging neckline emphasizing her big bust size.

Peterson is mostly known for her hosting skills on a weekend horror show. She auditioned along 200 people but managed to get the job. The name of the show was Movie Macabre. The name of the character that she portrayed on screen while hosting the show was Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.