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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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Yes, the only reason I like this pressbook is the Cajun beauty poster art and tagline. How can anyone pass up on "born to take love and make trouble?" Sounds like a perfectly good trashy drive-in movie to me. You can catch it on YouTube if you have some time... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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This pressbook for Johnny "Mack" Brown's Valley of the Lawless is red, white, and blue all over. Brown appeared in Dell comics and on Wheaties boxes as well as making over a hundred cowboy movies. Comic reader version: Download Valley of the Lawless Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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SOS Submarine, the American title for the Italian movie, Men on the Sea Floor (1941), had a surprisingly interesting pressbook created for it. While only four pages, plus a one-page supplement for double-billing with Harpoon, its cover is more sophisticated in design and execution than most foreign movies pressbooks. The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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On a relatively modest budget, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms grossed millions. Beating Godzilla to the theaters, the giant monster here became the first to usher in the oops-we-dropped-an-atomic-bomb-and-this-happens movies that revitalized date-nights for countless teenagers in the 1950s. Ray Harryhausen does an excellent job of bringing the rhedosaurus to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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An Edward D. Wood Jr. movie; need I say more? This pressbook is pretty nifty, though, for an exploitation movie with an atom-sized budget. The die-cut cover opens to reveal poster art and photos, but no synopsis and an emphasis on newspaper advertising. Comic reader version: Download The Sinister Urge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A colorful pressbook for an awful science fiction movie. Good for a few laughs. Very few. But this pressbook is quite impressive; I think they spent more money on this than the movie. Comic reader version: Download Phantom From Space Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In the Green Spider cabaret, somebody gets shot during a trumpet solo. Cue the crime drama mystery. This Mexican lobby card is just as mysterious. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A gorgeous and dynamic Mexican lobby card for Big House, U.S.A draws attention to the crime drama. Five criminals go after the loot. Who will survive? Lon Chaney Jr gets minuscule billing. (Note: I'm thinking this is a repop, not the original card, but still a beauty.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Dick Powell made an excellent Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet. He plays another tough guy here, successfully going against type (you know, the musical comedy leading man role that Hollywood wanted to peg him to). This Mexican lobby card shows the dames, the look, and the gun, essential elements... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's one for Doris Day's 97th birthday. I don't think she showed as much cleavage in the movie as shown here, but yee-haw! Keep 'em cracking, DD! Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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It's not often you see pinball used as the construct for a world view, but Ralph Bakshi liked to push the animation envelope in the 1970s. Possibly his biggest success was Heavy Traffic (which followed Fritz the Cat), but my favorite was his Lord of the Rings adaptation. Comic reader... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
John Michael Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Apr 1, 2019
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Zombos Says: Very Good Just finished Bill Schelly's James Warren: Empire of Monsters. Let me put it this way. There are books I tend to dawdle over and books I have trouble putting down, once I start reading them, because something about them, maybe it's the style or the content... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Time Machine kicks off issue 34 of The Monster Times, with It Came From Out of the Underground (comix, that is), and Star Trek Lives! By 1979, Star Trek fandom would get their fix with Star Trek the Motion Picture (well, okay, sort of), and more ST to follow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In issue 26 of The Monster Times, Destroy All Monsters brings out the big guns, Metropolis, Illinois, gets super coverage, Richard Bojarski tells us all about Rondo Hatton in Horrorwood, and Star Trek lives! -- as a Saturday morning cartoon (which was pretty good, actually). Also not to be glossed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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An all-Frankenstein (really they meant The Monster, for you purists) issue of The Monster Times, for number 21, makes for stellar reading. A Glenn Strange interview, Frankenstein in the Comics, Frankenstein's Castle, The Decline of Frankenstein (bite your electrode!), Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, and the usual TMT stuff to keep you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Issue 41 of The Monster Times has some monstrous coverage to sink your teeth into. There's the wonderful low-budget It! The Terror From Beyond Space, Werewolf comic books are howled at, Six Versions of Frankenstein (up till then, of course) are counted, a mostly I'm-disappointed review of Young Frankenstein (now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The old dark house trope as done by Alfred Hitchcock--and quite a movie it is. This Mexican lobby card does the movie justice. Well, except for the typo. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the British pressbook for I'll Get You for This. I was never a big George Raft fan, but you can tell by the poster art how they played off his onscreen persona as a tough guy with a nasty temper. Wikipedia says that Peter Lorre was supposed to appear... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the Mexican lobby card for Neutron contra los Asesinos del Karate (1964). At first glance it looks like a simple layout, but look deeper. The inset scene and text are given dynamism by being slanted short of the diagonal, allowing the proscenium illustration to show the story's key themes.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Tod Browning's Freaks remains still freaky after all these years. Here's the 1949 re-release pressbook. I'm surprised the studio had enough gumption to make audiences again squirm in their seats with another showing. This movie works its black magic by turning the monstrous, like a reflection in a mirror, back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In Quasimodo's Monster Magazine issue 4 you have a whopping 100 pages of monster goodness. Roger Corman, Lon Chaney, Jr., Space 1999, classic horrors, Doug McClure and The Land That Time Forgot, and enough bloody merchandise to scream about--oodles of monsterkid goodness. You can find more of the Quasimodo issues... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A lost viking civilization in the Arctic provides the theme for this fantasy film with David Hartman. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too was the other part of the double bill theater showing. Some critics at the time liked Winnie and Tigger more than Hartman. Island's pressbook, as usual, throws... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Gene Autry sets his mind to tame a wild horse after it throws a boy and paralyzes him. Autry sings inbetween the taming and the Western drama. This is Pat Buttram's first movie, although he's probably more remembered for the Green Acres sitcom with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Comic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In this Austrian movie, a cab driver dreams of going to America and steals the identity of a murdered man. Love triangle motivations complicate things. Comic reader version: Download Stolen Identity Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet