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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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Always something interesting in my inbox... SEATTLE – The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the opening of a new exhibition, Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film. Organized by MoPOP, this original exhibit takes an in-depth look at more than a century of horror cinema. From blood-thirsty vampires... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's an early Halloween treat for you. You can read my review of the movie here. The pages have separated, so don't hold me to the exact order they should appear in. Comic reader version: Download House on Haunted Hill Pressbook Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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You can always count on Michaels Stores to bring Halloween in early. Lots of decorations, Lemax Spooky Town, and fun wood and plaster craft items you can paint this year to showcase your Halloween mojo. Skeletons, skulls, and Day of the Dead are once again staple themes, and you can... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Yes, throwing a Halloween party is backbreaking work. Lugging those treat bags around will definitely boing that lumbar region faster than a kid devours candy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Monster Mania was one of the more worthwhile reads in monsterkid horror magazines from the 1960s. Russ Jones, in his Editor's Desk entry for this issue, laments how tough it is to find fresh material and photos. "How many more times can the Frankenstein story be told? How many more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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According to Wikipedia, the same sets and costumes for Project Moonbase were used for Cat-Women of the Moon. At least the Mexican lobby card is a nice hodgepodge of 1950s science fiction imagery. If you like watching men and women dressed for space like they were going to play tennis,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Jungle Jim deals with a really big problem in Killer Ape. From the cycle that brought us mad scientists conducting bizarre experiments with apes. Yes, the 1940s/1950s brought some weird themes to the cinema. Which, of course, worked out well for genre fans. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I'm a big Sherlock Holmes and Watson fan. The Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce series was a well-worked update to the characters. Here's the Mexican lobby card for The Woman in Green. Henry Daniell as Professor Moriarty was a perfect choice: he clearly showed, for me, that reptilian countenance Doyle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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This is one of those horror movies that seems to impress more than its production should warrant. The music is pretty good for a budget horror, and the love storyline, of ancient man and reincarnated woman, brings a certain tragedy and out of time element to it all. But Richard... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Lighted blow molds depicting ghosts are a quaint way to bring that vintage feel to your Halloween. Here are some I spotted on eBay. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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By now you probably have gotten the feeling I'm into Republic Pictures Serials, and jungle movies. Now, if Linda Stirling had actually worn the outfit shown in the illustration for this Mexican lobby card, well, I'd have liked that too. Of course, there are social considerations to discuss and argue... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Jul 21, 2017
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A fun Republic Serial, Undersea Kingdom is one of my favorites, with ray gun-toting robots, a rocket submarine, and a cool armored vehicle called the Juggernaut. And with Ray "Crash" Corrigan leading the way, how can you go wrong. Visually, for a budget serial, it still packs a retro and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a fantastic Mexican lobby card for Horror Hotel (aka The City of the Dead), a little gem of a movie. They used a lot of fog to cover up the budget sets. Works like a charm. Creepy and spooky. And with Christopher Lee perfectly placed in his element. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Not sure why they bothered making a remake when the original is so darn good. Comic reader version: Download Poltergeist Pressbook <a class="asset-img-link" Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Nicely done Mexican lobby card that simply borrows the illustration from the English poster art. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I'm not certain, but I believe this is the Mexican lobby card for The Phantom of the West. The style is colorful and simple, similar to this Chandu lobby. An original photograph was pasted onto the card (I'm assuming by hand), which gave way to printing the scene later. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I still want that jet pack and helmet and leather jacket and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the ad mat insert to the Invisible Agent pressbook. These are the newspaper ads that would be used by the movie theater for promotion. The ads shown here would simply be cut out and sent to the newspaper, along with the theater's location and show times. Now, of course,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Bert I. Gordon directs a horror movie with Orson Welles. Need I say more? Okay, Pamela Franklin is in it too. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Yes, there are many who while away the summertime on beaches and at barbecues, but others, even as they may scrunch their toes in the hot sand or wrap their tongues around warm hot dogs and cold ice cream, yearn for the rustle of dry leaves across tombstones, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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I grew up watching Westerns, being a child of the 1960s. Of course, the space race was well kicking in at that point, so I grew up watching space operas too. The only difference between a raygun-toting astronaut or alien (you know, the bad hombre kind) and a pistol-packing cowpoke... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
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Will you dare to venture into the "biggest double horror-science show on 1 program?" This theater herald for the double bill Giant From the Unknown and She Demons wants to know! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at From Zombos' Closet
John M. Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Jun 26, 2017