The Italian release poster for one of my favorite horror comedies, American International Pictures’ The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). Via the fantastic movie art blog 100 Years of Movie Posters.
They don’t make them like they used to. And they certainly don’t SELL them like they used to. That’s evident from perusing the vintage pressbooks and advertising materials available on the blog Zombos’ Closet. In tribute to the showmanship of a bygone era of ballyhoo, Zombos’ Closet has been posting pressbook materials aimed at theater owners for the last six years. Dozens and dozens, everything from genre classics (The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Gremlins) to cult items (the films of William Castle, Roger Corman and American International Pictures) to the not-so-classic (Laserblast and something with the unwieldy title The Rats Are Coming! The Zombies are Here!). Continue Reading ›
Today, William Castle is remembered almost exclusively for his horror films and the gimmickry that accompanied them. However, by the time Castle released his first notable fright flick – 1958’s Macabre – he was already the journeyman director of nearly 40 films ranging from noirs to mysteries to a slew of westerns. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›
LEAVE THE CHILDREN AT HOME!…AND IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH STAY HOME WITH THEM!
This British horror film starring Vincent Price was released as Witchfinder General overseas. However, co-producer American International Pictures re-titled the movie The Conqueror Worm for American audiences – despite it having no relation to the Edgar Allan Poe story – in order to capitalize on Roger Corman’s series of popular Poe pictures.