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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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Their house is a museum, and one I'd certainly be at home with, but the Addams Family would have really been something else if done in color, as shown on this cover for Monster World issue 9. I fondly remember building the Aurora Addam's Haunted House kit and playing with... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the first issue of Modern Monsters (they added the "s" with issue two). More monsters are always a party. Lots of great photos and coverage with That Other Werewolf (you know, the one with Henry Hull, who didn't want Jack Pierce's full makeup treatment); The Frankenstein Story (up to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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By now you may have noticed I'm a horror AND western movie fan. (Well, toss in science fiction, fantasy, film noir...) Here's a tidy Hopalong Cassidy Mexican lobby card, with the requisite gun and tussle illustration. This one's unusual in that the English title isn't mentioned. While Hasta el Ultimo... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Lively colors, bared shoulder with a little bit more, and a rough and tumble wrestle with guns drawn. What more can you want from a rip roarin' western movie? Or lobby card? Although I doubt the seductive skin baring in this lobby card ever made it into the movie. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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A thrilling Mexican lobby card for The Black Whip. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Treasure of Gen. Yamashita is based on the legend of the treasure supposedly stolen during World War II and hidden in the Philippines. Comic reader: Download Treasure of Gen Yamashita Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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One of James Stewart's best performances. Straightforward illustration with Stewart's face commanding attention makes this Mexican lobby card effective. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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I picked up this pressbook because it is Paramount's first 3D movie. Unfortunately, someone actually cut out some of the ad mats to use them. Go figure! But it's a hefty pressbook for a period costume romance drama, nonetheless. From a period in movie history when the 3D process was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the silent and talkie versions pressbook for Columbia's pre-code mystery movie, Murder on the Roof. I can only imagine how exciting it must have been to attend a talkie when sound was just hitting the movie theaters. Great melodramatic poster art and article coverage, with local product tie-ins, make... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Feb 11, 2019
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Laurel and Hardy pretend to be detectives. The usual mayhem ensues. My favorite L&H movie? Babes in Toyland (1934). The wedding scene is priceless. What's yours? Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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With Caroline Munro and Tom Baker, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a lot of fun. Add in Ray Harryhausen's stop motion effects and it's quite a fantasy delight. Comic reader version: Download Golden Voyage of Sinbad Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Not quite Dawn of the Dead, but hey, its got zombies. Comic reader version: Download Zombies of Mora Tau Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A clairvoyant gambler hypnotizes someone who later murders somebody else. Cue the crime and mystery drama. Early pressbooks were often printed on newsprint paper, so they don't hold up too well and brown with age. But that gives them a certain charm, don't you think? What's also charming are the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Punk-hoodlums cause mayhem with hot rods and more punk hoodlums turn to kidnapping. Quite a 1950s drive-in's worth of teen angst and misbehavior. Comic reader version: Download Juvenile Jungle and Young and Wild Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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I've not seen this movie on TCM yet, but the pressbook is stylish and, with the use of the black and yellow on the cover, striking. Along with the illustration it hints at criminal activity, romance, and danger. I'm not sure how Hollywood Bread ties into the movie promotion, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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With issue twenty-two of Castle of Frankenstein, you will find The Mutations, Vincent Price's Madhouse, Peter Cushing's Frankenstein, and a positive take on Zardoz (yes, THAT odd movie with Sean Connery). An unusually revealing photo of Ingrid Pitt and the devil to pay in The Exorcist keep this issue naughty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Red Ryder, appearing in the comic strip running from 1938 to 1965, was a merchandising juggernaut. This pressbook for Eagle-Lion Film's The Fighting Redhead makes sure exhibitors knew that. On another note, here's an interesting article on Red Ryder's movie saddle. Comic reader version: Download Red Ryder Pressbook See more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
John Michael Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Jan 20, 2019
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The New York Times may have not liked "99 River Street" when it first hit the screens, but John Payne goes against type to deliver a taxi driver caught up to his fare box in murder, two-timing marriage, and pugilistic longings. Thanks to TCM for bringing this little indie gem... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Go to Part 1 When you're done, read more horror From Zombos' Closet Magazine Morgue! Go to Part 1 Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A very good monster magazine for the 1960s, Modern Monsters was more adult with its coverage of horror. In this issue 4, Glenn Strange provides interesting behind-the-scenes tidbits from his horror jaunts, Miniatures-Kill or Cure? is pondered by Bob Villard, and Victor Morrison shows us The Invisible Man and His... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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After Forbidden Planet, MGM needed another film to make use of Robby the Robot to help balance their books. That's where The Invisible Boy comes into the picture. It's an odd mix of science fiction and kid-fare, so the script is very 1950s. But delve a little deeper and you'll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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It's not one, not two, but three fantastic supermen in this Italian movie. And there were sequels, taking our superheroes around the world. Though, with those utility belts, they looked more like Batman than Superman. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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House of Terror, with Lon Chaney Jr. and comedian Tin Tan, involves a wax museum, a mummy that changes into a werewolf when the full moon rises, and a mad doctor of course. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet