Universal Horror
Screen Gems Shock Television Packages


     In August of 1957, Universal-International licensed out the syndication rights for 550 films to Screen Gems and it was a $20-million dollar, 10-year deal. The feature films had only been seen in release and re-release in movie theaters in the 30's and 40's. These films would be given a new life on TV and to those at home who'd never seen them before. The package consisted roughly of 52 films and was titled Shock. The number of films requested depended on the TV station's choice. In some cases, the package could be higher or lower in count.

     Dracula and Frankenstein were included and with the lesser known films, such as Bombay Mail, The Great Impersonation and Reported Missing. Universal thought it was a good idea to flesh out the Shock package, and with a variety of genres that included the mystery, thriller and intrigue films for the audience at home to enjoy.

     The Shock package was a big success on television and a year later, Screen Gems made a second package, Son of Shock. It was trimmed down to 21 films and with a few of Universal's thrillers that weren't in the first package. The majority of the films were from the vaults of Columbia and they paled in comparison to Universal's films.



Universal Horror
Shock TV Package (1957)


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



Universal Horror
Son of Shock TV Package (1958)


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



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