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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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For the children of the night, it doesn't get any better than issue 27 of The Monster Times. Vampires take flight, beginning with Gary J. Svehla's Forgotten Vampires of the Cinema. Of course, now we have the Internet and streaming movies and stuff we'd love to forget but can't because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Fly and Return of the Fly buzzes around issue 25 of The Monster Times as Jim Wnoroski takes a swat at the movies, and C.C. Beck is marveled for his artistic work on Captain Marvel. I recall seeing Mr. Beck at one of Phil Seuling's Comic Art Conventions. Beck's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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So, what's better than a double bill viewing of The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock and The Awful Dr. Orlof? Why, getting the Erotiphile novelty giveaway card, of course! Now that's a giveaway to hold on to. Quite cheeky I might add, too. Comic reader version: Download A Night of Fright Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Monster of Piedras Blancas gets some love in issue 18 of The Monster Times; at least from the article's author, David Stidworthy (yeah, like that's a real name): the rest of TMT awarded a Schlock Award Winner to it. Christopher Lee returns as Count Dracula in Dracula A.D. 1972... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I was just watching Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man last night. I still chuckled at the silly gags. That made me start thinking I'd like to catch Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff, so I pulled out the pressbook to prepare. There is nothing more so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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What more could you ask for in a double bill? Not only do you get some salty action with The Lost World of Sinbad, you get to witness the undead crossing swords with the living in Rome Against Rome (aka War of the Zombies)! Of course, it would be more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Fair to Good Each time I look into Dolph Lundgren's face I see the Doc Savage movie that could have been. But he isn't playing Doc Savage in Don't Kill It, just an oafish demon bounty hunter named Jebediah Woodley (aren't they all named like that?) channeling that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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The lower half of a double bill with The Giant Claw, The Night the World Exploded, once again, has a scientist, his Girl Friday, and the wonders of technology. So for the price of one movie ticket you got a lecture on antimatter and one on geothermal activity. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Good day, Mr. and Ms. (or whatever you are) horror fan and lover of silly monsters. Your mission, should you care to watch, is to take a gander at silly monsters in even sillier movies. As always, should you be caught dead watching this stuff, your friendly neighborhood IMS team... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's one for Mario Bava fans, from the Italian comic series Diabolik. Comic book reader version: Download Danger Diabolik Pressbook (and see more pressbooks) Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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A lot to enjoy in this 22nd issue of The Monster Times: WNEW's The Creep explains why the sunglasses; the centerfold by Bill Nelson is a monstrous Mount Rushmore for your monsterkid cave wall; The Green Slime gets slimed; Dr. Wertham (yes, that guy) responds to a critical put-down; the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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While the humor doesn't improve much for this last issue of Monster Madness, the inclusion of articles was a last gasp attempt at enticing the maturing monsterkids into spending their coinage. In this issue you will find cool reading on the Creature from the Black Lagoon (with a great pic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I always find it interesting to see lobby cards that stress a romantic angle for a horror movie. It seems so contrary to the selling point of the movie, which would be terror, scares, or jeers (depending on the quality). Of course, you don't see much romance at all today... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Surprisingly enough, Monster Madness issue 2 landed on the magazine racks in 1973. Perhaps monsterkids just loved seeing those monster pictures ( I know I did), or perhaps they figured the attempt at humor couldn't get any worse (MM #1). Well, so much for figuring. Here's issue 2 to provide... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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A lively Peter Cushing, a love-cursed Christopher Lee, and Terrence Fisher's direction, make Hammer's The Mummy a colorful horror movie. Cushing related his concern regarding how the highly imaginative poster art, where the mummy has that gaping hole in its chest with the light streaming through, wasn't actually in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I have a hunch you'll dig issue 28 of The Monster Times. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the classic silent version) takes center stage, but The Black Scorpion pokes its tail into the magazine and Plastic Man gets his due. Hammer's television endeavors and movies get a nod and Long... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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A good, lightweight, Hammer horror movie with social commentary undertones, with similarities to the plot line in The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The revelations that ensue show humankind's weaknesses compared to the Yetis strengths, showing the true monsters of the movie. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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In issue 42 of The Monster Times, the Werewolf of Woodstock gets skinned, the wizard of gore himself dishes it up in an interview, and Mark Carducci's personal appearance at the Shepperton Studios auction, when they changed hands and bled away their monstrous history, will bring a tear to your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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An overly talky movie, yet still has its charms; especially with the monster hanging around the lighthouse for food scraps. In-between the gabfests, the unexpected gore (monster holding severed head, crab crawling over severed head) must have jolted kids in their theater seats, making it a must see movie for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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The usual mad scientist on lonely island performs experiments they shouldn't kind of movie. Only done very very badly. You can watch this one on YouTube. Lucky you. There's something about this Mexican lobby card, though, that's kind of cool and very spook show stylish. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Star Trek versus Space 1999 in issue 47 of The Monster Times. It figures just as things are aces for TMT content-wise the next issue would be its last. Bummer. One consolation is that there's a lot to read in this all science-fiction issue, from Flash Gordon to T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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This Mexican lobby card for Diary of a Madman, based on the Guy de Maupassant short story, The Horla, makes sure to show Vincent Price's patented sinister stare to best effect. The essential model of the Horla, an unseen, unknown, maliciously intending alien entity moving from host to host, is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Arguably Burt I. Gordon's best movie, The Magic Sword delivered an effective fantasy that certainly left an impression on me when I first saw it in the 1960s. Worth a crusade or two, the lobby standee, and that awesome giveaway flashlight sword, are two treasures I'd love to cast a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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A quick, skimpy, issue of The Monster Times, issue 44 went huge to contain the giant behemoths within. Now that King Kong is the size of Godzilla, I'd say it's time to do a nice behemoth smash down movie. What do you think? It would be huge. On another note,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet