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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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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
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A puppet carved from gallows wood, a dancer who twirls in the wrong direction, Medusa's head holds up like granite, and a witch goes for a joy ride on her broom. And two stories and the undying fiend provide a bit more terror for you in this issue of Witches'... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at From Zombos' Closet
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This pressbook for Fort Vengeance is more interesting than the movie. The campaign art promoted the "red savage" theme in the usual way (war paint, axe, feathers, and menacing face). Rita Moreno starred in a cardboard role and sold cardboard bread in a Hollywood Bread tie-in. Interesting to note that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Clean-living prizefighter makes good. Monogram made 12 movies based on Ham Fisher's comic character, Joe Palooka. Lots of movies and shorts in the 1940s and 1950s knocked out stories centered around the boxing ring. We tend to label more contemporary comic book inspired movies as franchise, merchandise, and sequel-itis prone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Not until Terry Michitsch sent along these wonderful scans of 20 Million Miles to Earth did I realize William Hopper was playing a lead role in it. Now an ardent Perry Mason fan (the television show with Raymond Burr), Hopper plays Paul Drake, the private detective Mason relies on; so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Courtesy of Joe Dante and Charlie Largent (Trailers From Hell) comes this file copy for The Royal Mounted Rides Again serial. Always interesting are the costs associated with any movie (or serial) promotion. According to the onion skin typewritten page glued (see those annoying brown spots) to page 2, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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A particularly anger-laden illustration for I Killed Geronimo makes this Mexican lobby card intense. Being this movie was filmed in 1950, the story makes the Indians the bad guys for buying rifles to protect themselves from the encroaching land grabbers, and the cavalry rides to the rescue eventually. Many of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Terror in the Haunted House, also known as My World Dies Screaming, was the first movie lensed using Psychorama. If you've seen The Exorcist, you know what psychorama is: think of those brief flashes of the demon face popping up. In this movie, flashes of a skull were used to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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What's a jungle without a witch doctor? At least that's the theme in most jungle movies from the 1950s. See the movie herald. Of course it's all about oil found in the jungle, which brings out the human wild beasts. The poster art focuses on a victimized white woman, scantily... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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The good old days, when we were focused on enemies from without and Reader's Digest sensations that shocked the nation instead of dodging the rocks we're throwing at each other now. This one's a dramatization of a true hero, Claire Phillips. She spied on the Japanese during World War II... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's the theater herald for Walk Into Hell, formerly titled Walk Into Paradise. The movie didn't make any money when it was called Walk Into Paradise, so switching over to Hell did the trick. Americans are like that. You don't need to walk into hell to see more pressbooks from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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I picked up this advertisement, from 1971, for full color reproductions of some of The Night Gallery portraits. Would love to have these prints instead. Some monster magazines at the time carried advertisements for these prints too. Looking forward to receiving my copy of Rod Serling's Night Gallery: The Art... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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I was rummaging through the closet today and I found this signed print by Dave Carson. I can't believe it was so long ago that I picked it up. I don't know what's worse: collecting or forgetting what I've collected. I will say it's both depressing that I forgot about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Fantomas movies are pretty wild and fun to watch. This Mexican lobby card captures the mystery and, through its use of cartoonish illustration, keeps the mood light. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here are three of the giant lobby cards (larger than the usual jumbo-sized 12.5 x 16.5 inches) for Los Vampiros de Coyoacan. Wonderful hodge-podge of horror elements comprises this layout. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another great pressbook courtesy of Joe Dante and Charlie Largent (Trailers From Hell). This file copy of Raiders of Ghost City pressbook contains a typed, on onion paper, breakdown of the cost for 6000 pressbooks. It rounds to 20 cents per book, with printing and artwork costing the most.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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While reading Roger Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October I kept wondering how it could be made into a movie. The challenge is not so much the talking dog, cat, bat, or rat (they are demon sidekicks, of course), but how Zelazny let their dialogues provide the main flow... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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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 Oct 29, 2020 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 Oct 28, 2020 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 Oct 27, 2020 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 Oct 26, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet