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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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John Michael Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
Jun 20, 2020
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Zombos says: very good What kind of horror movie fan are you? Do you go for the more fictional creatures of the night, say Dracula or the Frankenstein Monster, or the ever-ubiquitous zombies? Perhaps you prefer your horrors more real, a Hannibal Lecter munching on someone’s guts instead of a... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Directed by Charles Laughton (his only directed movie), The Night of the Hunter offers a poetically sinister mix of silent movie and expressionistic inspired terror. It's one of the best horror movies you've probably never seen. Robert Mitchum is more than chilling in his role as a serial-killing preacher, whose... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Jack Mathis (Valley of the Cliffhangers) made a reprint of this pressbook available in the 1970s, when fandom was rediscovering the serial action format (especially with the more comic book and comic strip-sourced heroes on the silver screen). I would love to find the "circus" herald, mentioned on the Exploitation... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Yes, Killers from Space is a very low budget, and a lazy production for early 1950s science fiction movies. I suggest you revisit it, though, because it's storyline involving alien abduction and espionage is still good, albeit never fully realized. As a kid watching this on television, I was always... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Made in the final years of the serial format, Blackhawk didn't have the budget power to fully realize the popular comic book character. Still worth a watch, though, as Kirk Alyn was always super in his roles. Here's the exciting pressbook used to promote the movie to theaters. The title... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Jack Mathis's monumental book, Valley of the Cliffhangers, was published in 1975. Heavily illustrated and exhaustively researched, Mathis documented dozens of Repubic serials, first run in movie theaters in the 1930s and 1940s. Serials, made by Republic and other studios, were a staple of cinema for decades, bringing pop culture... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Bob Steele's look could play sinister, innocent or comedic roles. From the cold-blooded killer in The Big Sleep (1946) to the only survivor of the Alamo, Trooper Duffy , in F Troop. Comic book reader version: Download Smoky Trails Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Stranger from Pecos was the second movie in Monogram's Marshal Nevada Jack Mckenzie franchise, starring Johnny Mack Brown. Brown appeared on Wheaties boxes and in comic books and roped in well over a hundred movies before he passed away in 1974. Comic book reader version: Download Stranger From Pecos... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at From Zombos' Closet
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Issue 33 of The Monster Times really does go ape. The Planet of the Apes movie franchise gets most of the bananas--I mean coverage--in this issue, but other apes in movies aren't left with just the peel. I had hit a local theater with a bag of McDonald's, back in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Two men go into the jungle to search for a woman kidnapped by murderous apes. Much monkey-business ensues. Sure, complain about today's movies, I dare you. Directed by Ron Ormond. He made Christian movies, too. He also directed Mesa of Lost Women. I'll leave the innuendo up to you. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The good old days, when the only thing you had to worry about in the jungle was what was going to eat you. I'm nonplussed about that tagline: "Johnny Against the Cannibals! as the flames lick her lovely legs." Did Johnny have lovely legs? The sentence logic here is atrocious.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Black Camel (with Bela Lugosi) and Charlie Chan at the Opera (with Boris Karloff), are two of the best Chan movies. Currently, you can see both on YouTube. I strongly recommend them. I realize for many that Charlie Chan reflects a less politically correct age, but I would only recommend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The latest issue of Little Shoppe of Horrors, issue 43, has a fascinating oral history of The Monster Times, plus a near-complete listing of who did what for each TMT issue. It also has extensive histories on Children of the Damned and The Blood Beast Terror, so don't miss it.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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This very impressive pressbook, at 36 pages for Five Graves to Cairo, plays up Erich von Stroheim, an impressive director and Hollywood presence himself. Comic book reader version: Download Five Graves to Cairo Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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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 Oct 17, 2019 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 Oct 17, 2019 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 Oct 17, 2019 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 Oct 16, 2019 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 Oct 16, 2019 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 Oct 16, 2019 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 Oct 11, 2019 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