Zombos' Closet...a vast trove of endearingly cheap thrills, including movie and book reviews, and scans of his collections of cinema pressbooks, goofy paper-cutout Halloween decorations, and his amazing collection of Mexican lobby cards from B-grade films. If you have time to descend into a serious rabbit-hole of marvelous trash-culture nostalgia, visit that site just as soon as you possibly can. (DangerousMinds.net)
Surprisingly, given the current developments in planned head transplants, this is a more topical movie than it was when originally released: "But we still can't forget the absurdity of the premise. A BRAIN transplant?" (Roger Ebert's chief complaint, reviewing this movie, in 1969)
A very well constructed color noir, Soylent Green also warned us about global warming years before it started to take hold of our attention. Good science fiction always tells us what we don't want to hear.
After reading the IMDb blurb for 1971's Guess What Happened to Count Dracula, I definitely know what happened to Dracula in this movie: "Dracula enslaves Dr. Irving Jekyll, turning him into the lycanthropic JackalMan, demanding that he lure female blood donors to his L.A. cabin retreat." Oh, my.
It's interesting to note that science fiction movies usually receive a more sophisticated (and academic) promotion through their pressbooks and theater giveaways. Here's an example of a herald for the movie that's formatted as a study guide for students.
The Italian production of La Ultima Presa Del Vampiro (The Playgirls and the Vampire) is considered the first horror movie to combine blatant sex with gothic horror (think nudie cutie with bite). Actually, it's not all bad, although the special effects are groan-inducing when seen today. But the story is good and the overall production shows care and attention. And it has playgirls! Oh, and a vampire, too. This unusual lobby card (done in window card style, although there's no room added for theater info) is striking in its simplicity and color choices. It took over two months to arrive from the eBay seller in Mexico, but I'm tickled pink to finally be able to share it with you. I hope you are, too.