Vampira Show, The (TV)

USA 1954

No votes yet
The Vampira Show
Images are used for identification purposes only. All rights reserved by the respective copyright holder.

In 1954, KABC-TV in Los Angeles needed a host for their late-night horror-themed movies, and hired actress Maila Nurmi for the job. She had eariler created the Vampira image at a Hollywood costume party. The Vampira Show made its debut in May 1954; after it was cancelled, Maila refused to sign away the rights to her character, resulting in what she called a blacklisting in the entertainment business. Needing money, she accepted a part in the infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space, which she is now of course most famous for. In the 1980's, when KJH-TV attempted to buy the rights for the character, she again refused; they instead hired actress Cassandra Peterson to play Elvira, rather than Vampira. She later sued Peterson, but was unsuccessful. The only known kinescope films of the show are held in a private collection and have not been publicly seen since the series ended in 1955

a.k.a. The Vampira Show

Maila Nurmi as Vampira

Search for 'Vampira Show, The (TV)'

This entry needs the following to be considered complete:
  • Director

Fanged Films

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

Drawn to Vamps?

Vol. 1 No. 95
The Vampire Strikes Back!
Vol. 1 No. 4
The Promise