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John Michael Cozzoli
New York
A monsterkid with a blog. Scary.
Interests: halloween, horror movies, horror, science fiction, and fantasy books, pressbooks, mexican lobby cards
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Issue 33 of The Monster Times really does go ape. The Planet of the Apes movie franchise gets most of the bananas--I mean coverage--in this issue, but other apes in movies aren't left with just the peel. I had hit a local theater with a bag of McDonald's, back in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Two men go into the jungle to search for a woman kidnapped by murderous apes. Much monkey-business ensues. Sure, complain about today's movies, I dare you. Directed by Ron Ormond. He made Christian movies, too. He also directed Mesa of Lost Women. I'll leave the innuendo up to you. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The good old days, when the only thing you had to worry about in the jungle was what was going to eat you. I'm nonplussed about that tagline: "Johnny Against the Cannibals! as the flames lick her lovely legs." Did Johnny have lovely legs? The sentence logic here is atrocious.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Black Camel (with Bela Lugosi) and Charlie Chan at the Opera (with Boris Karloff), are two of the best Chan movies. Currently, you can see both on YouTube. I strongly recommend them. I realize for many that Charlie Chan reflects a less politically correct age, but I would only recommend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The latest issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors, issue 43, has a fascinating oral history of The Monster Times, plus a near-complete listing of who did what for each TMT issue. It also has extensive histories on Children of the Damned and The Blood Beast Terror, so don't miss it.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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This very impressive pressbook, at 36 pages for Five Graves to Cairo, plays up Erich von Stroheim, an impressive director and Hollywood presence himself. Comic book reader version: Download Five Graves to Cairo Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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With a completely electronic soundtrack and Robby the Robot, nicely centered around a creepy ID monster, Forbidden Planet is a great movie. One can only wonder at how theater marquees and lobbies, that employed the promotional items shown in this 20-page pressbook (like the standee and the fluorescent valance), must... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the tabloid newspaper herald for One Million Years B.C. I love the tongue in cheek approach. Raquel Welch's fur bikini pin-up was quite a seller after this movie came out. This was Hammer Studios first prehistoric movie. I'm not sure why Hollywood had a fascination with prehistoric period dramas... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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My favorite movie heralds are the comics-style ones. Here's the one for Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee. (See Black Belt Jones herald.) I fondly remember catching the early Lee movies in a Chinatown theater in New York City. After hearing all the hype, it was breathtaking to watch him... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a 1974 double bill herald for a re-release of the Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers space operas, Mars Attacks the World and Planet Outlaws. I'm more partial to Buck Rogers, but Flash was pretty cool too. Larry "Buster" Crabbe really made the characters come to life on the big... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Humphrey Bogart was third-billed for this stage play, The Cradle Snatchers. Remember those battle-of-the-sexes movies and plays? Well, some of you, anyway, I'm sure. Fun, fun, fun. Here's the die-cut herald for the play. I found it too cute, so now it's in Zombos' Closet (I mean literally: it's in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the movie herald for Red Barry, a 13-chapter serial put out by Universal. The blank space on the last page was left for movie theaters to add their location, play dates, and whatever marketing hype they deemed relevant. The herald's purchasing cost was usually priced per thousand. Ordering information,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a colorful herald for Dracula (1931), currently up for auction on eBay from seller cvtreasures1. Dr. Gangrene has another version here. Heritage Auctions auctioned off another version too. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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While critics mostly hated Prom Night on its first release, I'd watch this on a double bill with Terror Train anytime. Comic book reader version: Download Prom Night Pressbook If you're not back by midnight, you're probably reading more sharp pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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When your honeymoon starts with your wife telling you she's bad, but will try to be good, you know you're in for a wild ride. The poster art says it all. An intense thrill ride toward a dead end, Gun Crazy is a must-see noir film. Comic book viewer version:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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My guess is this is somewhat rare. While the Spanish pressbooks for notable old movies are usually small (this one is 8.5 x 6.5 inches), they are neatly laid out and use imagery well. Of course, being House of Dracula, I couldn't pass it up. Read my review of HOD.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In this Western the bad guy goes straight and has time to sing three songs along the straight and narrow path. Comic book reader version: Download Singing Guns Pressbook (See more crooning pressbooks From Zombos' Closet) Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The pages had separated in this double bill pressbook for Voodoo Woman and The Undead, so I'm not sure if it is complete. A double bill, by the way, was two movies released to be shown together. You could see lots of double bills playing in the 1950s and 60s,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Needless to say, the poster art for both of these movies is a lot more exciting than what was shown onscreen. But Attack of the 50FT. Woman is a classic, not so much for its shoddy special effects, but because it was a monsterkid staple that could stand up to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Ah, the good old days, when gossipy neighbors could ruin your reputation and ruin your weekly bridge-playing get togethers. Now everyone can pretty much chime in on Twitter or Facebook or whatever gossipy website there is on the Internet. Would I really want to watch this movie? No. But this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Not a Hammer movie but inspired by Hammer (Jimmy Sangster wrote the screenplay), Blood of the Vampire received the X certificate (given to horror movies by the British Board of Censors, during that time, to limit the audience to 16 and above). It boasts yet another evil hunchbacked sidekick and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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I haven't seen this movie, but I liked the pressbook design. Hotshot pilots and fast flying seemed all the rage in the 1950s cinema. The poor man's space opera. The "curvaceous" Elena Verdugo, from House of Frankenstein, puts in an appearance. Playing up the eye-candy aspect of female actors in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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This is the 1955 re-release pressbook for the 24th serial, Black Arrow, released by Columbia. Comic book reader version: Download Black Arrow Pressbook (see more thrilling pressbooks From Zombos' Closet) Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Not a bad double bill to while away a midnight afternoon, given that Voodoo Island can boast Adam West's first movie appearance. Comic book reader version: Download Voodoo Island DB (see more cursed pressbooks From Zombos' Closet) Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A tidy little budgeter featuring one of Dwight Frye's last performances. Zucco plays Zucco, which is enough to satisfy any horror fan, and the story is neatly supernatural, pitting nice brother against satanic brother, albeit one of them is dead and into all that occult stuff. Given more money to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet