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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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Zombos Says: Good. Slow pacing and an artful but ponderously delivered ecological-warning weigh it down. Gaia's body and ecological horror elements can be found in earlier movies such as Matango and The Ruins. At this point in time, given the intensifying global climate, the bitter taste of pandemic disruption, the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Good+. A fun, light, horror romp that shines mostly because of the actors involved. Watching the volley-balling egos, the gee whiz let's put on a show attitude, and the slow intrusion of an evil spirit that knows a lot about communicating remotely (in this case supernaturally, no Zoom... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the promotional herald for Return of Chandu starring Bela Lugosi (he played the villain in the first movie). The blank space on the back was for the theater to print their advertising and location information. It is approximately letter-sized when unfolded. Mexican Lobby Card for Chandu. Publicity Pressbook for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Good-. Not quite good enough, but worth your attention if you like art house style with your horror or just something different. Add a good wine--a sweet one would be best--and you're aces. The IMDb rating is 4.8 and Rotten Tomatoes is not on the meter yet due... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: good story and artwork. Writer and artist Ted Naifeh fashions a cursed creature in the form of a Momo (a nasty meme born from Midori Hayashi's enormous-eyes creature image), which leads to mischief for Faye Faulkner and her new and old friends. Faye is a young witch, more... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: watchable, but not memorable. "Look, I'm just saying that every time Snyder drops a load it's like fanboy nirvana minus substance to some. To others, his ass must be red from all the ass-kissing he gets when he spends millions of dollars and stretches time beyond normal physics... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Fair to Good (the wrap around story for this anthology movie is lifeless, but the seven stories are bloody good). If you have seen Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters (1968), you know what the 100 Candles title is referring to. It was a Japanese parlor game (hyakumonogatari kaidankai), circa... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Good. A personable documentary that will appeal to writers, horror fans, and anyone who enjoys learning about fascinating people. Take a big fat oak barrel, pack in Ray Bradbury and Charles Bukowski, slice and dice a few big young scorpions with all six juicy segments of their tails,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Zombos Says: Good for film students, arthouse audiences, and anyone looking to think about and question an intentionally deep and confusing movie. IMDb lists Undergods by Chino Moya as a thriller and fantasy. That is misleading. Perhaps a clue to what Moya intended is found in the glimpse of a... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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The pressbook for Roar of the Iron Horse contains a lot of promotional information and ideas. Of course, in the 1950s, cowboy movies were an easy draw for the younger set, until mutant monsters and atom bombs creeped out everyone enough to make the classic monsters in the 1960s more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the 1955 re-release pressbook for The Sea Hound serial with Larry "Buster" Crabbe. The smarty-pants patches promotion, as a giveaway, is novel. Note to "sort patches into two groups: one for small children and one for teen-agers." On page 2 it's mentioned that patches were used "for smooth selling... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Thanks to The Serial Squadron member Chris McCleary, I've been posting many pressbooks from his dad's collection. He did two great things: collected serial pressbooks to keep the history alive and met his screen heroes to boot. Here's one signed by Roy Barcroft. I miss the days when you could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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The classic, I Chopped Her Head Off! is in this issue. If you ever wondered why parents and decent citizens (don't you love that term?) ganged up on the comics industry forcing the bland comics code on us all (but a boon to magazine sales), this one story captures everything... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Treasure, a miracle drug, and jungle mystery and intrigue are "sizzling" in this jungle serial from Columbia. I wonder if any theaters added jungle sounds or the fortune telling idol to their lobbies? I also would love to have one of those club cards, punched or unpunched. Nice use of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the 1956 re-release pressbook for Columbia's Hop Harrigan serial. Somehow, I don't think going after everyone in town who is air-minded is the best promotional campaign I've come across. However, the other promotional items are nifty: a model display, a lobby death ray gun (always a draw for me),... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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I was drawn to this pressbook because you don't often see early movies fronting a female lead character. There were three Sophie Lang movies of which this is the last one. Promotion ideas for this one had fashionable clothing trends, luggage, a hope chest stunt, and a photo-fun contest. Larry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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It gets confusing trying to keep track of the Dead End Kids, the Little Tough Guys, the Bowery Boys, and the East Side Kids as they pop up in various serials and movies. Long story short: the Dead End Kids were a group of young actors that appeared in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Burlesque stripper Ann Corio made her way to Hollywood to star in Swamp Woman, Jungle Siren, Call of the Jungle, and Sarong Girl. Note the trend toward steamy environs to lessen the need for clothing. What's unusual about this pressbook is that it's larger than most (18x12 inches) and has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Contrary to the title, the blonde woman is not a captive. She also puts in just a few minutes of screen time. This whole movie is a sham. Basically taking a 1928 documentary and adding a blonde woman subplot along with some extra footage, blame Columbia Pictures for this pre-code... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Ah, the good old days when Hollywood idealized, feminized, exoticified, and basically fronted eye-candy appeal stories for pretty women. Such women spent countless hours making themselves attractive to men and simply lounged around until a man came along to get the story moving. And of course they were surrounded by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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The lead off story, Isle of the Demons, will have you in stitches, assuming they can find all the pieces. If that weren't nauseatingly enough for you, Evil Monsters will bring you past dripping, oozing labyrinths of slime, past plopping whirlpools of filth (whew!). Mere mortals had a tough time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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What drew my eye to this pressbook for Pirate Treasure, Universal's swashbuckling movie serial, was the showmanship page. From lobby stunts, pirate coloring competition, pirate mask and hat, pirate treasure bags, heralds, hangers, and more, it's a splash of thrills. The stunt work in this serial is noted as stellar... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Get your bobby socks on. It's a double bill of shock and horror! Just when you escape the juke box jungle the tarantula grows on you (in a bad way). This double bill promotion insert fell out of the Running Wild pressbook I was thumbing through. I'm thinking this made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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An interesting escape into the wrong body, Satan dances into mischief, a burning desire flames up, people are doomed, scientists screw up, and the art is to die for (which apparently many people do in horror comics). Enjoy. ComicRack reader version: Download Witches Tales V5-1 No need to scream. You... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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Ida Lupino directs a gripping 1950s styled noir that brings home the dangers of picking up hitchhikers. William Talman's performance (best known for playing Hamilton Burger on the Perry Mason television series, 1957 to 1966) is pitch perfect. He has the face, the voice, and the attitude for nasty in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet