Shock Theater movies

Adapted from Wikipedia: Shock Theater (marketed as Shock!) was a package of 52 classic horror films from Universal Studios released for television showings in 1957. A second package, Son of Shock, was released in 1958, with 20 horror films from both Universal and Columbia.  These were featured around the country with horror hosts such as Zacherley (in Philly) among others, establishing a genre that began with Vampira.

My own note: The significance of the airing of these movies cannot be over-stated with respect to horror cinema.  These films were made conveniently available to kids who missed them when they premiered years earlier on the silver screen.  Additional, the presence of horror hosts undoubtedly gave them an additional impact on their young audience.  This inspired the publication of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, the line of Aurora monster models, and a plethora of other monster merchandise.  That era of re-visiting future classics inspired the next several generations of artists, particularly filmmakers, but also guys like Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet who is a well-known monster enthusiast/collector (his band also draws musical inspiration from horror films.  Some examples here).  In short, the release of these films is heavily responsible for an inestimable load of what followed, culturally.



Shock Theater (1957)

Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Mummy (1932)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
The Black Cat (1934)
Secret of the Chateau (1934)
Chinatown Squad (1935)
The Great Impersonation (1935)
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)
The Raven (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
The Invisible Ray (1936)
The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)
Night Key (1937)
Reported Missing (1937)
The Last Warning (1938)
The Spy Ring (1938)
Mystery of the White Room (1939)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Witness Vanishes (1939)
Enemy Agent (1940)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
A Dangerous Game (1941)
Horror Island (1941)
Man Made Monster (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Destination Unknown (1942)
The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942)
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
Mystery of Marie Roget (1942)
Nightmare (1942)
Night Monster (1942)
Sealed Lips (1942)
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)
Calling Dr. Death (1943)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
The Mad Ghoul (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
Dead Man's Eyes (1944)
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
Weird Woman (1944)
The Frozen Ghost (1945)
Pillow of Death (1945)
The Cat Creeps (1946)
Danger Woman (1946)
House of Horrors (1946)
She-Wolf of London (1946)
The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)
   

Son of Shock (1958)
   
Behind the Mask (1932)
Night of Terror (1933)
The Black Room (1935)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)
The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
Before I Hang (1940)
Island of Doomed Men (1940)
The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
Black Friday (1940)
The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
The Devil Commands (1941)
The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Captive Wild Woman (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
The Mummy's Curse (1944)
The Soul of a Monster (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
The Jungle Captive (1945)


More info here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Theater


   

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