I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!
Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, kind of kicked off the entire bad movie thing with her seminal ’50s horror hostess show in Los Angeles. Along the way she co-starred in Plan 9 from Outer Space and had a reportedly torrid affair with James Dean (!). The line between Morticia Addams and Vampira and Elvira is pretty stark.
Horror hosts remain a thing, although almost all have only been viewed by fans in a discrete city or small region, so they’re individual fame generally doesn’t spread that far. Still, it’s a nice cottage industry, and often a last gasp of that style of local programming.