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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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Fantastic special effects and fast pace keep this horror science fiction movie still enjoyable to watch. Wikipedia mentions it's the first American horror movie to use the three-strip technicolor process. Albert Dekker is especially sinister and dangerous as a scientist with no moral center. The colorful poster art uses Dr.... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at From Zombos' Closet
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A lost silver mine, a cowgirl in need, and a gang of ruthless outlaws. Buddy Ebsen provides the comic relief. Saddle up pardner and let's getting riding! Comic reader version: Download Silver City Bonanza Pressbook Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Abbott and Costello weren't the only comedians to romp around with monsters. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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Another Monogram Pictures distribution, Rock River Renegades stars Ray Corrigan, who performed many ape costume roles through the 1930s and 1940s. He also played the creature stowaway in It! The Terror from Beyond Space. Comic reader version: Download Rock River Renegades Pressbook Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another ghost-inspired crime comedy (cromedy?) from Columbia Pictures. Some pages are out of order but this 8 page pressbook is complete. The 1940s saw a lot of movies using a ghostly theme in storyline or title or both. This one seems to use it mainly in the title, sadly.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Okay, giant mollusk monsters doesn't sound very scary, but the gooey stuff they spewed out was pretty disgusting. So there's that. One of my favorite 1950s monster movies. Of course, the men do all the heavy lifting and the women scream a lot. That speargun looks oddly placed, doesn't it? Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Another 1940s crime story with little to do with ghosts, courtesy of Monogram Pictures. Joan Woodbury played the Queen in Bride of Frankenstein. Comic reader version: Download The Living Ghost Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Quite a bit of promotional push in this pressbook for Whispering Ghosts with Milton Berle and Willie Best. Best also starred with Bob Hope in The Ghost Breakers. Best's movie output was prolific, but according to Wikipedia "is sometimes reviled because he was often called upon to play stereotypically lazy,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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One of my favorite science fiction movies. As a young boy I was fascinated by the costumes and storyline. Here's the pressbook. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
John Michael Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Oct 25, 2018
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A fascinating and entertaining blend of crime, noir, gorilla, and horror. Paramount's The Monster and the Girl starts off as a noir in tone and camerawork, but then ignores that and moves on to an ape-murdering-for-vengeance storyline. It gets my vote for the best man-in-gorilla-suit movie produced in the 1940s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a great movie to watch on Halloween. Forget that the Wolf Man was cured earlier or that Dracula was dispatched in House of Dracula. Or even that Frankenstein's Monster got bogged down in House of Frankenstein; here they romp with mirth and madness, and contrary to the naysayer purists... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I looted this pirate flashlight gun from eBay. Arghh! Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
John Michael Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Oct 17, 2018
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One of the best haunted house movies ever made, watch this one late at night with the lights off. At 32 pages, this pressbook is almost as impressive as the movie. Of note is the Your Radio Campaign page, which reminds us of a time before social and commercial digital... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Henry Aldrich steps into it again. That tag line, "got haunts in his pants!" wouldn't work today, I'm sure. But crazy fun, 1940's movie style. Comic book reader version: Download Henry Aldrich Haunts a House Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
John Michael Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Oct 5, 2018
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Here's the press info on the Boobs and Blood 2018 event... Fundraising For Breast Cancer Charity, 10 of Horror’s Greatest Actresses Party for a Festival Unlike Any Other! Fundraising for Breast Cancer Charity, the BOOBS & BLOOD Film Festival opens on Oct. 5th with the 1st annual, celebrity packed and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Look what the bat dragged in...I haven't binged this yet, so looking forward to it. The first season of Castle Rock, from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, will be available to own on Digital October 15, 2018. Consumers can enjoy all 10 episodes in high definition... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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What else can be said about this classic horror anthology (or portmanteau if you prefer)? A movie, it is said, that influenced Fred Hoyle's input into the Steady State Theory. Not too shabby for a horror movie. Of course, I know, you just want to be scared this Halloween. So... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here are beautiful examples of the artistic depth of illustration to be found in Mexican lobby cards. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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News Flash! Here's the press release I received. DECADES TV NETWORK PRESENTS DARK SHADOWS, A TRICK AND TREAT STARTING HALLOWEEN WEEK. BARNABAS COLLINS RETURNS IN 260 EPISODES STARTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 AT 12 AM ET Chicago, IL (September 25, 2018) – Relive the first gothic soap opera television series Dark... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Humphrey Bogart tackles lies, criminal activity, and a struggling newspaper in Deadline-U.S.A. At least he didn't have to deal with the effects of the Internet and 24/7 newsy views dumping. Here's the hard-hitting 16-page pressbook. Comic reader version: Download Deadline-USA Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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I posted the movie herald and now here's the pressbook for Chick Carter, Detective: son of Nick Carter, detective. Dailymotion has episodes of the movie online. Julie Gibson (who played Sherry Marvin) also appeared with the Bowery Boys and the Three Stooges. Wikipedia states she's the oldest living performer from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the nifty movie herald for Chick Carter, Detective, a Columbia Pictures serial. He's the son of Nick Carter, detective, which MGM did a movie serial on. Sadly, no other movie company followed up with the rest of the family. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at From Zombos' Closet