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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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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 1 hour ago 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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A fairly involved script hides behind this science fiction movie that uses a barely dressed woman on its poster art. Love the tag line: "Mightiest shocker the screen ever had the cuts to make!" English bathing beauties and aliens always work for me. How about you? Comic book reader version:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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A nice little gem of wartime movie-making written by Curt Siodmak. The special effects are well done and there's Peter Lorre and Ilona Massey. What else could you ask for? Comic book reader version: Download Invisible Agent Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Spanish movie herald for Sherlock Holmes in The Scarlet Claw (La Garra Escarlata). Some idiot trimmed it slightly, but the illustration is still vibrant and exciting. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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This Spanish herald for The Lady and the Monster is only slightly larger than 5 by 3 inches, but the illustration is eye-popping. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Jan Alan Henderson goes beyond the horror and writes about Zacherley's musical adventure in Cult Movies No. 10. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Being an amateur magician, it's only natural I'd take a strong liking to Houdini and his exploits. Among his many accomplishments as a showman was his interest in early cinema. Unfortunately, while he excelled in the exciting escapes, he did have a problem with showing romance and kissing on camera.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I have not seen these movies. The poster art is pretty good, though. The full movie for The Velvet Vampire (1971) is on YouTube. So is Scream of the Demon Lover (1970), I see. Enjoy. Comic Book Reader version: Download Velvet Vampire Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Movies with spiders always creep me out. Originally titled Earth vs. the Spider, after The Fly successfully buzzed theaters, AIP honchos decided to shorten the title to The Spider. Now that would have made a nice midnight double bill showing, don't you think? The poster art shows more verve than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Superman and the Mole Men is tagged as "the first full-length feature" for Superman. But let's not forget Kirk Alyn's 1948 and 1950 movie serials. Those seem like full-length features to me. George Reeves was the cat's meow in the 1950s and 60s to every kid (boys mostly) growing up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet