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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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The colorful and provocative cover for this 1948 movie pressbook caught my eye. I'm sure Forbidden Women was a spliced together cheapie set for drive-in consumption. Lloyd Friedgen also released the "throbbing drama of shackled youth" Child Bride (1938). He also edited some episodes of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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While the key movie in the Abbot and Costello monster series is Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, this one is still fun and my second favorite. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Tuck that gun nice and snug under your belt and spit out the chewing gum. Knot up that worn overcoat and tilt your brim a little bit more to the left. Good. Now you're ready to eyeball some nifty Mexican lobby cards with a bent for crime that hits square... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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How times and attitudes have changed. This is one of the more desired Mexican lobby cards, as it has a universal appeal for some reason. This is a great midnight movie for theaters, by the way. Is anyone doing midnight movie shows anymore? Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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I have yet to see this horror musical movie directed by Brian De Palma, with music by Paul Williams. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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A bit busy, but this Mexican lobby card for The Deadly Trap gives you everything you need to know: kids in danger, mayhem and disruption, and an ominous abode beckoning (although the house can also imply a criminal conspiracy, lunatic family, or mysterious organization ;). Usually the lobby cards from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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An interesting and under-appreciated horror movie, with a noirish opening and its ostensibly homosexual relationship undertones, The Werewolf plays as low-budget, but Fred F. Sears (The Giant Claw, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers) does a competent job for Sam Katzman. Here's the pressbook. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Jungle Jim deals with a missing Woman's Army Corps captain (Ann Savage) and a pigmy chief (Billy Curtis). And that's only half the story. The rest is the usual tangle with natives, animals, overgrown jungle scenery, and foreign agents after a mysterious plant. This Mexican lobby card is eye-catching and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here are some Hammer movie Mexican lobby cards for you to savor. Prehistoric Women 1967 Rasputin: The Mad Monk 1966 The Abominable Snowman 1957 The Reptile 1966 The Devil Rides Out 1968 Plague of the Zombies 1966 Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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This Mexican lobby card for Sherlock Holmes is a bit of a mystery in itself. The Return of Sherlock Holmes in the title refers to the Clive Brook 1929 Holmes' movie, which was the first sound appearance of the great fictional detective on film. However, Arthur Wontner played Sherlock Holmes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I don't think the Mexican lobby card for Carnival of Souls captures the eerie and creepy of the movie. I'll assume the artist didn't see it and went with the "Carnival" in the title instead, making the card more color-festive than dancing-zombies-dreamlike. And of course, her bosom gets more attention... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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The one and only, The Giant Claw: read my review; see the pressbook, if you dare. The Mexican lobby card shows the original artistic design for the flying space bird. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Wally Veevers, who did the special effects for this movie, Satellite in the Sky, went on to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Superman. Here's the pressbook. The Mexican lobby card is colorful but slapdash, and while somewhat stylish, doesn't do much for the actual storyline in the movie. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Apr 8, 2018
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Cornel Wilde was a very good director as well as an actor. In The Naked Prey he uses minimal dialog and relies on the tension of the chase. In the science fiction movie, No Blade of Grass, he again explores the struggle for survival, but on a larger social scale.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Mexican lobby card for Black Sunday, director Tim Burton's favorite horror movie. Mario Bava was inspired by the horror story Viy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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A few bats, a blood-red dripping rose, and a silent scream lend much atmosphere to this Mexican lobby card for Roger Vadim's Blood and Roses. The inset scene does lessen the tension for horror, but overall, this card uses only a few elements that manage to convey a lot. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I can't help but find this Mexican lobby card for The Vampire and the Ballerina rather humorous. That look on the vampire's face and the somewhat distracted gaze of the bosomy victim is not horrific at all. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Republic Studios produced a lot of B movies and serials up until the 1950s. While you can consider them one of the Poverty Row outfits (and I don't use that term pejoratively), their movies may be cheap, but they were action-packed, fun cliff-hangers that filled the theaters week after week.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a fun pressbook exhibitor aid for Tarzan's Secret Treasure. Every weekend for me as a kid, showing on local television, would be the Tarzan and Abbott and Costello movies. Comic reader version: Download Tarzan's Secret Treasure Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Mexican lobby card for Burn, Witch, Burn! (aka Night of the Eagle). Peter Cushing decided to do Captain Clegg instead of this one. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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According to Wikipedia's entry on this movie, Hammer had acquired the rights to make the movie in 1958, but the British censors wouldn't allow its production (no reason for this is cited in the entry), so the rights were then sold to AIP. I wonder what a British production would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I'm assuming this is a Mexican lobby card for Edgar Allan Poe: Master of Horror. I believe this Argentine movie can be found on YouTube, but no English subtitles. The card is quite a busy mix of images without any actors named; and the inset scene doesn't work well with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Talk about keeping a stiff upper lip, Boris Karloff does that and more in this Mexican lobby card for The Haunted Strangler. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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With villains dressed in spookshow-styled skeleton costumes, a stubby T-Rex (hey, that's what it looks like!), a nasty looking monkey, and a sarong-dressed native (more or less), I'd go out on a limb and see this Jungle Jim entry from Columbia Pictures. There's even an evil scientist and a missing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet