Cinema #27: Horror Movie Newspaper Ads

Back when people actually read newspapers, the movie section was often the funnest part of the paper to read. It was full of in-your-face announcements of the latest horror movies, beckoning you to the local drive-in or cinema. Obviously, they were inferior to the actual movie posters which had a big colorful pallet to work with; however, they definitely have a charm of their own.

In this post, I've not only gathered together a bunch of horror movie newspaper ads, but also some IMDb info just for the hell of it. Enjoy.

IMDb: Horror of the Zombies (1974)
The living corpses of the Satan-worshiping Knights Templar hunt for human victims in a 16th century galleon.

IMDb: La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba (1971)
A wealthy pervert lures beautiful young women to his castle so he can have his way with them.

IMDb: The Legend of Hell House (1973)
A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House.

IMDb: Deep Red (1975)
A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

IMDb: Vampire Hookers (1978)

IMDb: Point of Terror (1973)
A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares.

IMDb: Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Baron Frankenstein has acquired the dead body of a young maiden, Christina, and all it lacks is the spark of life. He captures the soul of a recently executed young man and installs it in the young woman. With the memories from the young man still intact, she starts to kill the people whose false accusations led to the young man's execution.

IMDb: Sharon's Baby (1975)
A woman gives birth to a baby, but this is no ordinary little tyke. The child is seemingly possessed by the spirit of a freak dwarf who the mother once spurned. Cue a spate of strange deaths, the one common factor being the presence of a baby in pram at the scene...

IMDb: Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

IMDb: The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
Young workers are dying because of a mysterious epidemic in a little village in Cornwall. Doctor Thompson is helpless and asks professor James Forbes for help. The professor and his daughter Sylvia travel to Thomson. Terrible things happen soon, beyond imagination or reality. .

IMDb: Ceremonia sangrienta (1973)
The aging Countess discovers that the blood of a maid can temporarily restore her youth and great beauty. She falls in love with a dashing young soldier but is compelled to kill again and again to maintain her attractiveness and prevent the secret getting out.

IMDb: Daddy's Deadly Darling (1972)
Lynn Hart is a disturbed young woman who escapes from a mental hospital where she was committed for killing her abusive father who raped her. Stealing a nurse's uniform and car, Lynn ends up in a small California town where she meets and shacks up with Zambrini, an old farmer who runs the local motel and roadside café. Zambrini also owns a group of pigs that he keeps in a pen behind his house who have somehow developed a taste for human flesh. When Lynn begins killing a number of men who remind her of her dead father, Zambrini helps her out by disposing of the bodies to the pigs. Investigating the disappearances, the local sheriff eventually becomes suspicious of Lynn's past and a private investigator, hired by the hospital to find her, slowly close in on Lynn.

IMDb: Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)
A caretaker devotes himself to three demented adults after their father's death.

IMDb: Bloodsuckers (1970)
A group of friends search for a young English Oxford student who has disappeared whilst researching in Greece. They are shocked to find that, wherever he has been, certain unsolved murders have taken place. Not believing that their friend could be the perpetrator of such acts, they press on with their search, finding him under the spell of a beautiful Vampire, whose blood-sucking methods include ...

IMDb: House of Usher (1960)
After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax.

IMDb: Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.

IMDb: Bog (1983)
Dynamite fishing in a rural swamp revives a prehistoric gill monster that must have the blood of human females in order to survive.

IMDb: Eaten Alive (1977)
A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.



  1. Changing times. Your average zombie cable show is gorier than these charmers.

    1. SignOfZetaMarch 24, 2013

      Your average cop show is gorier than these movies.

    2. True!

      I'm waiting for sitcoms to up the ante.

  2. Good clean fun. The idea was to have your date throw her arms around you for protection when the boogeyman jumped out. Then have 20 minutes or so of no plot so you weren't missing anything while, um, well you know.

  3. Of all those movies, the only one I've seen is Horror of the Zombies aka The Ghost Galleon. Part of my favourite series of Italian horror, the Blind Dead series.

  4. Frankenstein dealt it! Dracula smelt it!

  5. "The Devil Within Her" - it's the M*A*S*H poster's baby picture!

  6. That ad for Bog is so amazing. And it has Aldo Ray! Love that guy.

    Eaten Alive is a great movie.