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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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Sometimes a simple illustration can say a lot. Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at From Zombos' Closet
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I found Lex Barker a little to casual (like he grew up in Iowa casual) to play Tarzan, but any guy willing to run around the jungle in a loincloth and hang out with apes gets my respect anytime. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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Look, with Peter Lorre and noir intent, Stranger on the Third Floor is a gem you shouldn't miss. This Mexican lobby card covers the action and intensity nicely. Note the wisp of gunsmoke trailing from the gun. This is the first film noir. Don't miss it. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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This is an unusual Mexican lobby card (at least for me) for Cat People (La Marca De La Pantera). There's no border and the paper stock is thick board. Not the type of card I am familiar with. But the green color and graphic were a no-brainer for me, so... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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I found this The Return of Chandu (Los Misterios De Chandu) Mexican lobby card on eBay. It was a steal. Surprised I didn't have more bidders to contend with. What's special is that the inset scene with Bela Lugosi is an actual photograph, so that makes this an early release... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
May 27, 2017
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This issue of Mad Monsters, No. 7, has lots of pics, not too much text, and good coverage, from The Preying Mantis and Corridors of Blood, to I Married a Monster From Outer Space and an article on Lionel Atwill. Not too shabby for 35 cents. Charlton did cut corners... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Lon Chaney Sr. explains why he prefers grotesque characters in this 10th issue of Monster World. The punny Batman, "battier than a ball park," flitters while The Reptile slithers, and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini brings us to the beach. Comic reader version: Download Monster World Issue 10 (and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Sort of like a Castle Films 8mm reel, this Warren magazine gives you the Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula in a nice digest format. Comic reader version: Download Famous Films Issue 2 Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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The British World of Horror magazine came out in 1974 through 1975 and lasted 9 issues. Not very polished in layout, but overall, content-wise, it did include a good range of movie coverage, some fiction (if you're into having short stories mixed in with your horror movie articles: I'm not),... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Lots of cool photos and, better yet, some killer advertisements, like the holy grail of monsterkid-dom: the Famous Monsters Photo Printing Kit. And if that weren't enough to get you drooling, there are ads for the Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist Laboratory, the Addams Family Haunted House by Aurora, and Wacky... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I was surprised to find this comic book for Reptilicus, a really badly written and presented monster movie from AIP. When you think of marionette monsters, The Giant Claw, Reptilicus, and Viking Women and the Sea Serpent are stellar examples of bad special effects producing comic results. For Reptilicus, his... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Apr 22, 2017
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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