The Bullseye Halloween Spectacular: Jamie Lee Curtis, Elvira and Harvey Guillén

19th October 2021

This week: a very spooky Bullseye Halloween spectacular! We’ve got Jamie Lee Curtis, Harvey Guillén and the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! Jamie Lee Curtis has had unforgettable roles in a bunch of the Halloween movies, as well as memorable roles in True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda, Freaky Friday and Knives Out. Lately, Curtis has been reprising her first ever acting role: that of Laurie Strode, from the Halloween films. She played Laurie in the 2018 movie Halloween, and she’s returning in this year’s Halloween Kills. She reflects on her legacy in the Halloween franchise. Then, the iconic horror hostess Elvira, real name Cassandra Peterson, is nearly synonymous with Halloween. She joins us for the latest installment of The Craziest Day of my Entire Career. Finally, Harvey Guillén! He stars in one of our favorite TV shows right now: What We Do in the Shadows. Happy Halloween!

Episode notes

This week: a very spooky Bullseye Halloween spectacular! We’ve got Jamie Lee Curtis, Harvey Guillén from What We Do in the Shadows, and the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!

Jamie Lee Curtis on Halloween Kills and the legacy of Halloween (1978)

(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

irst up: the one and only Jamie Lee Curtis. She’s had unforgettable roles in a bunch of the Halloween movies — as well as memorable roles in True LiesA Fish Called WandaFreaky Friday and Knives Out.

Lately, Curtis has been reprising her first ever acting role: that of Laurie Strode, from the Halloween films. She played Laurie in the 2018 movie Halloween, and she’s returning in this year’s Halloween Kills.

Halloween Kills is, of course, a continuation in the saga of Michael Meyers. It begins right where the 2018 film left off: with Michael on the lam, and Laurie recovering in the hospital.

We talk with her about her legacy in the Halloween franchise. Plus, she’s been doing comedy for decades now, and we all know Jamie Lee Curtis is great at comedy. But does she feel like she’s any good at it?

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark on the Craziest Day of her Entire Career

(Photo by Valerie Moffat/Maximum Fun)

Cassandra Peterson has played Elvira for almost 40 years now. Nobody does Halloween better. She’s hosted TV shows, done live performances, even had her own movie. And now, Peterson’s telling her own story.

In Yours Cruelly, Elvira, Peterson recounts her remarkable, at times harrowing life: near-death experiences, childhood trauma, totally bonkers ’80s parties, and plenty more.

So when we asked her for the craziest day in her career… where do we even begin? For Cassandra, you start at the start: the day she tried out for a gig that would change her life.

Harvey Guillén on What We Do In The Shadows

(Photo by Matthias Clamer/FX)

Harvey Guillén stars in one of our favorite shows on TV right now: What We Do in the Shadows.

The show follows four vampires who live in Staten Island in a big spooky house. The vampires drink blood, turn into bats — and they’re all dummies. They don’t know how the modern world works, and they don’t really care.

They depend entirely on the help of Guillermo to survive. Guillermo is what’s known as a human familiar— kind of like a butler, but for vampires.

In exchange for all his hard work Guillermo hopes that one day they’ll turn him into a vampire. Alas, three seasons into the show his masters have yet to turn him into a vampire.

Harvey joins us to talk about What We Do In The Shadows and portraying Guillermo. He explains why there’s a little bit of Guillermo in all of us.

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  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Cassandra Peterson
  • Harvey Guillén

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Bullseye is a celebration of the best of arts and culture in public radio form. Host Jesse Thorn sifts the wheat from the chaff to bring you in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary minds in our culture.

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