Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The SHOCK! Package



Pictured above is the front cover of the promotional spiral-bound book released by Columbia's television division, Screen Gems, for its original SHOCK! package. The SHOCK! library consisted of 52 films, all from Universal's vaults:

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

6 comments:

wbhist said...

Of that key package, only 17 were verified to have acquired by WNBC-TV in New York for their 1965-68 late-night weekend Festival of Thrillers; the rest were scattered among WNEW-TV, WCBS-TV and WOR-TV. The titles from this charter "Shock!" package that have been confirmed to be shown on WNBC were:

The Black Cat
Dracula
Dracula's Daughter
Frankenstein
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man Returns
The Invisible Ray
The Mummy
The Mummy's Hand
Nightmare
Night Monster
Son of Dracula
Son of Frankenstein
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx
Werewolf of London
The Wolf Man

A few other 1930's and 1940's films not in this charter package also found their way to this WNBC series, such as:

Before I Hang
Behind the Mask
Black Friday
The Black Room
Bride of Frankenstein
The Face Behind the Mask
The Ghost of Frankenstein
House of Dracula
House of Frankenstein
The Invisible Man's Revenge
The Man They Could Not Hang
The Man Who Lived Twice
The Man with Nine Lives

Was there a revision of this package in the '60's from Screen Gems?

Mirek said...

There was a "Son of Shock" package that followed.

frank said...

I heard that there was a book to go along with the promo of SHOCK! Have you heard that?
Many of these movies are so hard to find. Do you have any suggested sites on where to find them?

Mirek said...

There was a SHOCK! catalog released for the promotion of the film package.

As for film availability, many of the films are now available on DVD. I should do an update on that. The best place to get the ones that aren't would be eBay. These would be DVD-Rs, of course.

Tranzini101 said...

There was a curious still offered in the promotional materials for SHOCK! that offered the full standing figure of Kharis from THE MUMMY'S HAND, carrying the fainted heroine, but with the Mummy's head replaced with Karloff's head as the Frankenstein Monster. This image was utilized by WNBC-TV for "Festival of Thrillers" as their regular telop, which was presented whenever commercial interruptions came along, and whenever the commercials ended and we'd return to the movie. Any info on this makeshift still, or better yet, can you print it?

kochillt said...

yrkconnors@gmail.com is the place to find all your Universal needs, all titles a very reasonable 6 bucks each (serials higher). Thanks to Bob Connors, I've acquired every title in the SHOCK! package.