The 1970s saw a revival of devil worship and satanic shenanigans, usually with the good guys and gals losing badly. Here's the Mexican lobby card for Tigon produced The Blood on Satan's Claw. "In his 2010 BBC documentary series A History of Horror, writer and actor Mark Gatiss referred to the film as a prime example of a short-lived subgenre he called "folk horror", grouping it with 1968's Witchfinder General and 1973's The Wicker Man. The film was to be Patrick Wymark's last English language film, and was released three months after his death." (Wikipedia)
A menacing inset scene and carefully arranged border illustration, along with an intriguing use of coloration, make this Mexican lobby card for Jungle Drums of Africa a perfect example of how movies depicted the Dark Continent in the 1950s: full of mystery and menace. Quick, what's the single theme every jungle movie from the 1940s to 1950s always seemed to peg its script on? My answer: outsiders pissing off the locals enough to cause much harm and mayhem. From comedies to jungle dramas, hapless visitors and belligerent natives were the usual payoffs. Not surprisingly, many horror movies follow this same theme.
I have another Mexican lobby card for El Hombre Indestructible (1956), the blue version. Here's the yellow version, which is more vivid. There are so many movies about men and women victimized by mad scientists, aliens, and themselves, where to start? Lon Chaney Jr. was electrified twice: first in 1941's Man-Made Monster, then in this movie. A great all-around actor, he's the only one to portray all founding-father Universal Monsters: Dracula (or his son, still not sure), Wolf Man, Mummy, and Frankenstein (okay, the Monster, for you purists).
Simple but effective promotion for When Worlds Collide, a George Pal movie that, given his preference for a larger budget, would have been heavier on special effects and art direction. A remake went into pre-production a few years ago, but it's in limbo at the moment. Tech geeks (like me) will enjoy seeing the differential analyser (analog computer) used, in the movie, to crunch the collision numbers.
Here's an example of the interesting contrast we usually see when witches are portrayed in movies: you either see the decrepit naked hag with long dirty hair rolling around in baby fat in a decidedly non-delicious life-style ((The Witch, Lords of Salem) versus the nubile, sometimes naked, beauties rolling in seductive charms and comfortable bed linens (Baba Yaga, Burn Witch Burn, The Devil's Own).
I'll leave it up to you as to which portrayal is your favorite.
Paul Naschy strikes again as werewolf Count Waldemar Daninsky in Night of the Howling Beast. This one was a Video Nasty in the United Kingdom and I don't believe it was ever released there. I have yet to "get into" Paul Naschy's oeuvre, but I know some Naschy fans who would bite my head off for such a lapse.
Mexican lobby cards in the 1980s were usually printed on thin, glossy paper. On the plus side, less acidity, so they hold up better; on the minus side, not as appealing as the older, larger, and print-on-thick-card-stock lobbies are. On a side note, I met Robert Lansing while working at B. Dalton Software Etc. on 5th Avenue in New York City. He was looking for a financial software package, I forget which one. We special ordered it. I recall he was a laconic as his screen persona.
Here's one horror movie on my to-see list, but the problem is that the original R-rated version was chopped for VHS and television. A DVD release by VCI in 2001 contains the theatrical version, but not the director's cut. This version has a different ending than the one the director intended. (Ruby (1977) entry on Wikipedia).