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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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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 13 hours ago 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 15 hours ago 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 16 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 6 days ago 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
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Of the two horror movies in this double bill, Day the World Ended gets my vote of approval. It helps to see it as a kid (which I did, on television, properly horror-hosted of course), but the movie is still quite palatable if you're older. With Roger Corman heading Day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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At an astounding 32 pages, this T-Men pressbook is a novel's worth of promotion. Striking use of red ink, thriller poster art, and enough publicity articles to choke a theater manager. The tie-ups are plentiful too, from Albolene Face Cream, Ritz Electric Broiler, Emerson Radio, and a T-Men kiddie button... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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From the pressbook: ""In my picture," Jones says, "the right-thinking, right-acting, clean-living man always wins out. This man is not a prude. He is not a painfully righteous person. He has plenty of faults, as well as virtues." Comic book reader version: Download Rocky Rhodes Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation is a real visual treat in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, but the alien design is stellar also. This still remains one of those science fiction movies you should watch at a drive-in or on a big screen, with popcorn and a Coke. It's quintessential 1950s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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One of the last few serials produced by Columbia, the Adventures of Captain Africa: Mighty Jungle Avenger!, were born when Columbia lost the rights to the Phantom, of which this movie was going to be the sequel. A lot of coffee and rewrites later, the costume was altered and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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More chills and spills (in the aisles) as Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein top this double bill of horror! Comic book reader version: Download Phantom Monster Show Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet