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John M. Cozzoli
New York
A horror fan with a blog. Scary.
Interests: Movies, comics, books, toys, Halloween, and all the fun stuff in popular culture.
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A poverty row potboiler from Republic Pictures. Leonard Maltin gave it 1 and a half stars. Still, on my to see list. The poster art is excellent. Comic reader version: Download Catman of Paris Pressbook Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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An incredible amount of merchandising went into promoting the Lone Ranger, even before he hit the theaters. With television episodes, comics, books, radio, toys, and General Mills and American Bakeries food products already gobbled up by kids daily, a movie would be easy to promote. Hi-Yo, Silver! indeed. Comic reader... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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With a tagline like "They'll roast anybody in their path!" you can't go wrong. Here's the pressbook for Godzilla Raids Again (1955), also titled Gigantis the Fire Monster for the English dubbed (and edited) release in 1959. It was shown in a double bill with Teenagers from Outer Space or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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H.G. Wells goes after Jack the Ripper in the 20th Century. What more can you ask for? Comic reader version: Download Time After Time Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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An entertaining non-horror movie from Hammer, with Christopher Lee playing an evil one-eyed pirate (not named One-Eyed Willy). Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Golden Voyage of Sinbad did well in theaters. On a budget of $982,351 it grossed $16 million. I always enjoy watching Tom Baker as the evil Prince Koura. The role led to his becoming the 4th Doctor in Doctor Who. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Spanish pressbook for Forbidden Planet. Download Forbidden Planet Spanish Pressbook (comic reader version). Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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A large pressbook for a classic movie, The Time Machine, is packed with promotional material. From the Coppertone suntanning lotion tie-up, the coloring contest mat, a 40x60 display poster on heavy board, Dell comic book, record tie-in, and Yvette Mimieux's fasion. Whew. Download The Time Machine Pressbook (comic reader version) Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Danish Programs can be pretty small: 4.5 x 6 inches, but wonderfully collectible because of that, along with their often eye-catching covers. Here's the one for The Beast with Five Fingers starring Peter Lorre. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Great smaller-sized Mexican lobby card for The Empire of Dracula, although a bit confusing for die hard fans as it mixes up a few movies through its illustration and sub-title. The Dracula in the illustration looks like German Robles (El Vampiro, The Vampire's Coffin, not the fang-meister in the inset... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Belgian pressbook for Terror of the Tongs. The striking cover, with its perfect use of white highlights, caught my eye. Christopher Lee didn't play Fu Manchu here, that would follow in 1965 with The Face of Fu Manchu. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here is the Belgian pressbook for 13 Ghosts (1960). Foreign pressbooks are always so concise (although I've not see any Bollywood ones in-depth, yet, so I may be overstating here). this pressbook is one sheet, folded to create four letter-sized pages. Nice and concise, like I said. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos says: Very Good A natural follow up to his book, The Art of Horror, Stephen Jones once again provides eye-candy galore in The Art of Horror Movies. As an illustrated history, it is geared to the neophyte, although older horror fans will love the poster art as it claws... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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A colorful and exciting (more so than the movie, apparently, based on the critical reviews) Mexican lobby card for Cry Terror! Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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An adequate but so-so Mexican lobby card for The Ballad of Tam Lin (The Devil's Widow, The Devil's Woman). A section of the poster art is used with an inset scene. Roddy McDowell missed appearing in Beneath the Planet of the Apes while he directed this movie. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Dan Curtis's made for television Dracula (Bram Stoker's Dracula), starring Jack Palance, and written by Richard Matheson, was tapped into by Francis Ford Coppola for his Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). According to Wikipedia, Gene Colon got the idea for his Dracula's appearance (Tomb of Dracula) from seeing Palance in his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I've not watched Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps yet, but the pressbook is a large format promotion, and tie-up bonanza, for it. The cast is quite impressive and the pressbook highlights that, too. Comic reader version: Download While the City Sleeps Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I was thinking The Prey was a straight to VHS endeavor, but IMDb lists New World Pictures as a theatrical distributor so it did have a limited theater run at least. Here's the blurb from IMDb: "Six campers jaunt off to North Point, where they're promptly stalked and killed by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Messages from Mars send the United States into a tizzy. An odd "red scare" movie from the 1950s, Red Planet Mars tosses in God, Nazis technology, the Red Menace, nuclear power, and Peter Graves, and may actually be worth revisiting: its relevance to today's fake news/political meddling, and religious hypocrisies... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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From Wikipedia: "In 1984, film noir historian Spencer Selby noted, "Undoubtedly one of the most stylish and refined woman-in-distress noirs." This Mexican lobby card for Sudden Fear illustrates that tone quite well with a beautiful closeup of Joan Crawford at her histrionic-best. Notice, also, how the lighting for the couple... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Martians invade this issue of The Monster Times. With an interview with Ray Bradbury, Martian movies covered, Orson Welles terrifying radio version of War of the Worlds, and Martians in the Movies as well as Martians in the Comics, you'll go out of this world. Comic reader version: Download Monster... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Remember when Sputnik was the least of our worries with Russia? If you do, here's a nostalgic trip down memory lane for you. Comic reader version: Download This is Russia Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Lots of sell and promotion fills this pressbook for The Scarlet Spear, a jungle movie "actually filmed in the jungle." From a chimp delivering the film reels, to street bally and product tie-ups, they covered all the bases; and tossed in a coloring page for good measure. Comic book reader... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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H. Rider Haggard's novel did get a lot of movie versions. According to Wikipedia, Ursula Andress's accent irritated the studio enough to do a re-dubbing by Nikki van der Zyl. Financed through MGM, the budget for this Hammer film was "triple" the usual for a Hammer movie. Not one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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One of the most frightening monsters in horror cinema. And there's Steve McQueen tossed in for good measure (he'd go on to do television's Wanted: Dead or Alive). The movie playing in the theater when the Blob spills out of the projector booth is Daughter of Horror (a re-cut of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet