Halloween-edition Flashback: Elvira on the set in 1988

Oct. 31, 2008 | 12:00 p.m.


Through the years, the photographers of the Los Angeles Times have been on hundreds of sets for movies, television shows and commercials. Today being Halloween, I thought you might enjoy this photo I dug up in the stacks of the paper’s library. It shows Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, being tied to the stake during the 1988 filming of her movie.

Elvira_mistress_of_the_dark It’s shot by Al Seib, who remains one of the very best photojournalists here at the paper today as well as being one of the classiest people you’ll ever meet.

Seib took the photo during a marathon overnight filming for the production in Burbank. He not only caught a great moment, I suspect his work inspired the poster for the September 1988 release, which looks suspiciously similar to The Times photo that ran with a prominent Sunday feature on Elvira’s then-surging career on March 20, 1988.

An what is Elvira up to today? According to her website, tonight she will be part of the nighttime Halloween events at the historic Eastern State Penitentiary, Al Capone’s onetime residence, which is now a grim tourist attraction.   


Et_1027_kubrick28_01Stanley Kubrick at work on the set of "Dr. Strangelove" 

Nimoy_kelly_and_shatner_tape_star_tThe stars of "Star Trek" at work on the animated series in 1973

1968 star trek demonstration 2 Halloween edition Flashback: Elvira on the set in 1988"Star Trek" fans protest NBC plans to cancel the show in 1968

Leonard_nimoy_1952 Leonard Nimoy at age 20 in 1952, ready to live long and prosper

Bob_holiday_as_superman_on_broadwaySuperman on stage on Broadway in 1966

— Geoff Boucher                               

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