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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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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 10 hours ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Otherwise known as Angkor (1935), you would't guess from the Savoy movie herald that it's a travelogue, and with additional studio footage to boot. Topless women abound. I bet the Savoy Theatre in Clarksdale did well with this one. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Conrad Veidt in a perfect role; adventure, fantasy, pissed-off genie, romance, all with a memorable score--and Sabu: What more could you want? Here's the movie herald for Thief of Bagdad. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Once you get past the stereotypes these actors were locked into by the script writers, they're still damn good actors. Here's the pressbook for Charlie Chan and the Feathered Serpent. Mantan Moreland expertly provided the comic relief for many movies, including King of the Zombies. Playing the servant role at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Gordon Scott was one of my idols as I grew up, a scrawny kid, in Brooklyn. Here's the color movie herald for Tarzan and the Lost Safari. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Of course, the poster art is more thrilling and chilling, but hey...how can you beat that tagline "Beyond the black mouth of the cursed cave lurk the unfleshed." Comic book reader version: Download Tomb of Torture Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Although meeting Frankenstein and Dracula was more fun, the boys still manage to get wrapped up in their outing with the Mummy. Comic book reader version: Download Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the newspaper-styled movie herald for Frogs. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Good (But an extreme gore effect is jarringly unexpected) Movies about dwelling places holding dark secrets, hidden passageways, and maniacal intentions are the no-brainers of the horror genre. Just think of Crawlspace (1986), or The People Under the Stairs (1991), or Thir13en Ghosts (2001). Such places take on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Fair Plus A confounding script mishandled by inexperienced direction. Frustration is more likely to occur watching Death Passage (originally Lemon Tree Passage, 2014) than chills. James Campbell's direction is a jumbled mixture of mystery, bewildering ghostly occurrences, and insufficient clarity to progress the story where it would have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Mexican lobby card for Son of Godzilla (El Hijo De Godzilla). Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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This Mexican lobby card is puzzling. The inset scene is from Boris Karloff's The Terror, but the title translates to Boris Karloff's Bedlam. The jumble of illustrations seems like a different lobby card was used and Karloff's face was added for obvious reasons (hint: El Maestro Del Terror) to create... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Nice publicity inset photo on this Mexican lobby card for The Spider Woman (La Mujer Arana). I'm a bit confused by the couple shown at the bottom left, however, as they detract from the main illustration. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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A fantastic Mexican lobby card for Tarzan and the Huntress (Tarzan Y La Cazadora), the color, main image of Tarzan, and the inset scene are well balanced for dramatic effect. Leaving the left hand hidden behind the picture does slightly mar an otherwise eye-catching layout. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another beautifully rendered movie herald I spotted on eBay. This one is for the Spanish version of A Thousand and One Nights (1945). Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I saw this listed on eBay. If you have a little cash lying around--say 700 dollars or so--it can be yours. Note the showing also included a stage act. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Jan 30, 2017
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These scans for the Captive Wild Woman pressbook are courtesy of Tony Rivers (Teenage Horror Factory), whose crush on Acquanetta knows no bounds. I'm glad I didn't bid on this one on emovieposter.com since Tony would have gone ape if I had even tried to outbid him. But gracious collector... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Jan 22, 2017
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A powerful book, a powerful movie. (Comic book reader version: Download To Kill a Mockingbird Pressbook) Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the tabloid herald for Shock Corridor. Lots of exploitation-sell, such as "shocking world of psychos and sex-maddened women exposed!" and "the snake-pit world revealed in all its outrages!" Now, of course, it sounds like just another day in politics. Back then, though, it meant something! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I'll list Shock Corridor under non-horror but it terrified me when I first saw it on television in cathode ray tube black and white. So, yes, I was too young for it. But it still scares me. A journalist fakes insanity to go after a story. The story starts to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet