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JM 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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Here's the rerelease, 1949, pressbook for Undersea Kingdom. This and Phantom Empire are on my top favorites list for movie serials (Mystery Science Theater 3000 be damned!). Watching guys running around in their shorts must have been pretty thrilling for audiences back then. I still want a few Volkites and... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another pressbook courtesy of Joe Dante and Charles Largent (Trailers from Hell). Acquanetta, known by all monsterkids as the exotic and wild jungle woman, appears in her first credited role in Rhythm of the Islands. Later she would go ape for Universal and swing with Tarzan in Tarzan and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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Bulldog Drummond heads to Morocco in this thirteenth outing in a whopping twenty-five movie run. It's a shame audiences are no longer thrilled by foreign intrigue themes with their spys and mysteries of foreign locales. I'm sure to theater audiences in the 1930s through the 1940s, it must have been... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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How could any self-respecting monsterkid pass up on such a cover? Of course, once snatched from the magazine rack, one would need to be vary careful around one's mom and employ subterfuge and guile to keep such a magazine carefully hidden. Just saying. I learned my lesson with Vampirella No.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another pressbook courtesy of director Joe Dante (Trailers from Hell). What makes this one rather special is the inclusion of a cost sheet, typed on onion paper (you young whippersnappers can Google onion paper). The cost of 8000 pressbooks (six pages for this one) for this movie was a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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By the 1970s, pressbooks became rather dull affairs, usually black and white, and with an emphasis on poster art (for the newspapers) than pre-canned articles. This 8.5 x 14 inches pressbook shows all its pages, but I placed them out of order to move the poster pages toward the end.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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You can't simply live by horror movies alone, no matter how much of a fan you are. There are so many movies that are beautiful, ugly, happy, sad, and just plain mind-expanding or my eyes! dreadful. That's the wonder of cinema: you have the trashy to the sublime to the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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I know of two movie heralds made available for Forbidden Planet. Both feature Robby the Robot. Here's the second one. The theater would add its information on the last page. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Interesting to note that this low budget movie does get a nicely produced pressbook to promote it. I like the mustachioed clock with the skull pendulum. It's an odd little embellishment that, while not exactly well placed, does hint of pressing danger. I've not seen the John Calvert Falcon movies,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Wasn't it great knowing the good guys from the bad guys? The early Westerns always kept it simple. Perhaps too simple. By the time they rolled around to television, we expected everything to be wrapped up nice and neat by the end, even with the commercials. Buck Jones starred in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Christopher Lee may have disliked how his famous count was being treated by Hammer, but each movie was always a treat for me to catch in the local movie theater. The 1970s were a great time for horror movies and conventions. Hammer, and especially Lee's Count Dracula, were still the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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The problem with being a disorganized collector is that you tend toward acquiring things and promptly forget about them. I had made photgraphs of this convention program back in 2016, but, well, here you go. Memory Lane Alert! When I went to conventions, back in the day, they weren't the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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It's unusual for a noir film to toss in humor and a light touch along with the criminal goings-on, but Borderline does that. Not all that well either: with Raymond Burr as the heavy and Claire Trevor and Fred MacMurry as agents not realizing they are on the same side,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Continuing our 1970s theme of satanic mayhem, here's Asylum of Satan. The illustration has a real Coney Island spook house feel to it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Sure, you always think of Yvonne De Carlo as Eddie's wholesome mom on The Munsters, but she's a bit of a devil, too, you know. A school janitor gets the cheerleading squad into trouble with witches. John Carradine also manages to stop by. Originally given a PG rating, after the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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This is a very large Mexican lobby card for Satan's Mistress. John Carradine did a cameo and Britt Ekland, although top-billed, didn't appear much. This movie came out around the same time as The Entity (which you really shouldn't miss). The card uses two very strong elements: a frightened, vulnerable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a suitably mystery-hinting Mexican lobby card for Bela Lugosi's Black Dragons. Notice the "recommended for the horror club" seal of approval. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Not the best stories of the bunch in this issue, but the artwork is always wonderful. After you read a lot of these magazines you realize that women were either married, looking to get married, or not pretty enough to be married. The men were either heroic, scientists or fools;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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This, The Pearl of Death, pressbook comes courtesy of director Joe Dante (Trailers from Hell, Gremlins, The 'Burbs, The Howling, and more). Interesting story: I received an email from Charlie Largent asking if I'd like a bunch of pressbooks from Mr. Dante. Me, I'm thinking I'm being punked or scammed,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a particularly gruesome Tales of Voodoo for you. From careless corpses to slimy snakemen to deadly shoes, and a beautiful curse, it will curl your cinnamon sticks in your hot chocolate. Enjoy. ComicRack reader version: Download Tales of Voodoo Vol3-2 Magazine Find more creepy reading in the magazine morgue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Wikipedia article for this movie states it was the first Hollywood feature film to be shot on location in Chicago. One of the main reasons I like watching old movies is the glimpse of town and city life, the buildings, the streets, the storefronts, the old cars; that glimpse... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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I have a guilty-pleasure-place for the Doug McClure fantasy actioners from Amicus first and this one too, the last of the bunch, from EMI. It's simple fare, but sometimes simple is just fine. Here's the very large Mexican lobby card (printed on thin slick paper) for the movie, which is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Hitchcock had mentioned the birds rise up against humans because they are fed up with us. Given how badly we've messed up the planet, I'm expecting The Birds to become a reality any day now. Much of nature seems to be gunning for us these days. Back in the the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
JM Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Oct 11, 2020
JM Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Oct 9, 2020