Who's the ultimate Queen of the Dark: Vampira or Elvira? | The Tylt

Who's the ultimate Queen of the Dark: Vampira or Elvira?

Television hosts are seldom former showgirls described as pale, morbid and fun, but that perfectly sums up two women in particular. On one hand we have Vampira, inspired in part by Morticia Addams and the visual inspiration for Maleficent. On the other hand, we have Elvira, a host, comedian and actress with enormous...hair. Both are undisputed Halloween icons, but who’s the ultimate queen of the dark?

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Who's the ultimate Queen of the Dark: Vampira or Elvira?
#TeamVampira
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamElvira
Dataviz
Real-time Voting
Who's the ultimate Queen of the Dark: Vampira or Elvira?
#TeamVampira
#TeamElvira
#TeamVampira

Maila Nurmi created Vampira in the early 1950s after seeing Morticia Addams in cartoon form. At the time, no one on TV looked anything like her. She was goth before anyone else was goth. Tall, sleek, serious and sexy, she balanced camp with natural spookiness. Vampira not only hosted horror films but also appeared in them, including the infamous “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” Nurmi is as much a fashion icon as Bettie Page. And on top of all that, she had a pet spider. She’s the queen of the macabre.

#TeamVampira

"And her impact on televiewers has been fantastic." See an early Vampira promo spot, below. 

#TeamVampira

Nurmi may be gone but her fame is undying.

#TeamElvira

Without Vampira there would be no Elvira. This is beyond dispute. Cassandra Petersen’s character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, was created to replace Vampira on air. But Elvira is no mere replacement. Petersen upped the camp and the comedy, giving the world something less like Morticia and more like a supernatural Valley Girl version of a Russ Meyer vixen. Elvira became a cultural phenomenon in the 1980s, and her popularity far outstripped her predecessor, Vampira. Petersen’s character has appeared on TV, a feature film, calendars, books, computer games and comic books.

#TeamElvira

Elvira still looks amazing. Maybe she really is a vampire.

#TeamElvira

Belated happy birthday to the Mistress of the Dark herself.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Who's the ultimate Queen of the Dark: Vampira or Elvira?
#TeamVampira
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamElvira