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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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An action-packed movie with lots of swordplay. A young Bruce Wayne attends a showing of it with his parents during that fateful night. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Another 1960s space opera. It's interesting to note the cowboy approach here (guns drawn or blazing), which is used on many Mexican lobby cards for Westerns. I recommend reading Gary Westfahl's The Spacesuit Film: A History, 1918-1969 if you're into "spacesuit" movies. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
3 days ago
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Here's the pressbook for First Men in the Moon, another memorable Ray Harryhausen effects movie. Of course, CGI makes it all look very easy these days. While the science is off, the art direction is imaginative and the movie is fun to watch. Thanks to ZC reader Terry Michitsch for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Ray Harryhausen strikes again in It Came From Beneath the Sea. The 1950s nuclear bomb paranoia brings another irritated giant monster to attack mankind. The Wikipedia entry notes a humorous problem for Kenneth Tobey as he kept sinking in the sand next to Faith Domergue, and Harryhausen's budget only allowed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I saw Dr. Terror's House of Horrors on the big screen when it first hit theaters in the U.S. I was nine. It scared me. I avoided shrubs and bushes for a long time after that. Comic reader version: Download Dr Terrors House of Horrors Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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George Zucco is especially delightful in this grim tale of evil doings. The Mad Ghoul was part of the Shock! package of movies released to television in 1957. Jack Pierce did the makeup. Comic reader version: Download The Mad Ghoul Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the colorful herald for Boris Karloff's Before I Hang (1940). Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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An interview with Boris Karloff, part two of an interview with Roger Corman, The Evil of Frankenstein, and an interview with monster maker Roy Ashton keep this issue of CoF humming. And, of course, there's the Frankenstein TV Guide to help monsterkids plan ahead if they should stay up or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Jun 2, 2018
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Issue 46 of The Monster Times is infused with the vampire count's lineage. With Dracula coverage in movies, television, comics, and a Christopher Lee interview, you can't go wrong for the then price of 75 cents. A pleasant tour of Transylvania and a primer on Vlad the Impaler puts the... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here are four Mexican lobby cards for Jungle Raiders, a Columbia 15 episode serial movie. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Midget minions, mad doctor, mummies, masked wrestlers? Must be a Mexican lucha libre movie! Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Mexican lobby card for The Time Machine. One of my favorite episodes of the Big Bang Theory, The Nerdvana Annihilation, shows the wonderful prop (not the Bob Burns one but a replica). The Precious Fragmentation, where the boys find a movie-used Lord of the Rings ring, is another... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Issue 45 of The Monster Times has Horror Themes for the Taping, an interview with John Carradine, the Teletype and Trek Talk, and coverage on Bug! and Jaws mania. For horror comics fans, Atlas' Monsters and Heroes gives a good rundown on their horrific comics. Enjoy. Comic reader version: Download... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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The City of the Dead (although I prefer the more sensational U.S. title, Horror Hotel) was a staple for horror television back in the black and white days. Milton Subotsky rewrote the script and produced it, so this pretty much makes it the first Amicus production. And a good one... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Fellow Zombos' Closet denizen Matthew Banks was super enough to send over some PDFs from the Internet Archive for Castle of Frankenstein. (Thanks!) They are posting a lot of monster mags for posterity (you'll see quite a few from ZC, too, with due credit of course; unlike some bloggers who... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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How can you go wrong with an Italian horror starring Barbara Steele and a German one with Klaus Kinski? A solid double bill of terror. Comic reader version: Download Dead Eyes of London Double Bill Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I don't know which movie (or television series) this lobby card is for but it packs a wallop with just two illustrations that let your mind's eye sum to a terror-sell for seeing it. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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One of the more out-there illustrations for a horror movie. Mother gives birth to baby possessed by dwarf she once spurned. That's pretty out-there too. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Funny how you can take a lively television animated series and make it a dull and lifeless-actioner for the big screen. Costuming was especially lazy, and would it have hurt to inject some humor--any humor--into this misfire? Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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It's on YouTube, but in Spanish. Lo siento. See beautiful female aliens handling 1960s "futuristic" set design on a minuscule budget. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Yes, in the movie, she does fight crime in her bikini outfit. Some crazy scientist is grabbing wrestlers for their spinal fluid to make a gill man. Every villain needs a gill man. Now that I know about her, I'm sorry she never hooked up with Adam West's Batman. You... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Of course the original title, Night of the Demon, wasn't sensational enough for American distribution, so they went and spiced it up with the change to Curse of the Demon, while splicing out some minutes of the original running time, too, unwisely. This is an excellent supernatural horror that is... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I found out about this movie after reading Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour (which I highly recommend). Dark Intruder was the pilot for a potential series for television called The Black Cloak, produced by Jack Laird. Dailymotion is currently offering a slightly blurry copy for view, and it's well... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet