Shock Theater

These are the 52 Universal films that Screen Gems sold as the "Shock Theater" film package to local stations across the United States in 1957. The package was a ratings hit, and sparked a revival of interest in the classic horror movies and monsters. The Shock package omitted many well known horror films (like Bride of Frankenstein), but did include many non-horror thrillers and melodramas.
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1.
The Black Cat (1934)
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American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident. (65 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
2.
Calling Dr. Death (1943)
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A Dr. is not sure if he murdered his beautiful but wicked wife, and has his attractive nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him. (63 mins.)
 
3.
The Cat Creeps (1946)
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A black cat is suspected of being possessed by the spirit of a elderly murdered woman. (58 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
4.
Chinatown Squad (1935)
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Police search for the killer of a man who misused $700,000 intended for the Chinese Communists. (75 mins.)
Director: Murray Roth
 
5.
Danger Woman (1946)
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An atomic scientist who was one of the brains behind the A-bomb is now working in private life, trying to adapt atomic power for business purposes... (59 mins.)
 
6.
A Dangerous Game (1941)
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Detectives Dick Williams and Andy McAllister find themselves trying to solve several crimes at an isolated mentally-ill hospital... (61 mins.)
Director: John Rawlins
 
7.
Dead Man's Eyes (1944)
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When an artist is blinded, his fiance's father offers an operation to restore his sight. When the benefactor suddenly dies, the artist becomes a suspect. (64 mins.)
 
8.
Destination Unknown (1942)
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A beautiful Dutch girl finds herself in Peking being pursued by agents of the Japanese government. (63 mins.)
Director: Ray Taylor
 
9.
Dracula (1931)
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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
10.
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
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Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence. (71 mins.)
Director: Lambert Hillyer
 
11.
Enemy Agent (1940)
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A man is framed for being a spy. After he is released, he sets out to find who the real spies are. (64 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
 
12.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
13.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
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After being awakened, Larry Talbot chips Frankenstein's Monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures battle each other. (74 mins.)
 
14.
The Frozen Ghost (1945)
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A stage mentalist involved in a mysterious death and a discredited plastic surgeon are among the assorted characters involved in mysterious goings-on in an eerie wax museum. (61 mins.)
Director: Harold Young
 
15.
The Great Impersonation (1935)
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Baron Leopold von Ragastein impersonates his noble lookalike Sir Everard Dominey at the vast Dominey Hall, where strange things are afoot in pre-WW1 England. (68 mins.)
Director: Alan Crosland
 
16.
Horror Island (1941)
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A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder. (60 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
17.
House of Horrors (1946)
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An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics. (65 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
18.
The Invisible Man (1933)
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A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
19.
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
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The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness. (81 mins.)
Director: Joe May
 
20.
The Invisible Ray (1936)
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A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X. (80 mins.)
Director: Lambert Hillyer
 
21.
The Last Warning (1938)
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In their third and last teaming, Bill Crane and Doc Williams visit a country estate to investigate threatening letters from the mysterious 'Eye.' (63 mins.)
Director: Al Rogell
 
22.
The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942)
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A mad scientist is forced to leave San Francisco when his experiments become known. He lands on a tropical island... (61 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
23.
The Mad Ghoul (1943)
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A university chemistry professor experiments with an ancient Mayan gas on a medical student, turning the would-be surgeon him into a murdering ghoul. (65 mins.)
Director: James Hogan
 
24.
Man Made Monster (1941)
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A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding. (59 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
25.
The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)
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An actor continually confesses to murders he didn't commit, figuring that the police won't believe him when he confesses to a murder that he actually does intend to commit. (68 mins.)
Director: Lewis R. Foster
 
26.
The Mummy (1932)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
27.
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
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An Egyptian priest travels to America in search of the bodies of an Egyptian princess and her living, mummified guardian, with consequences. (61 mins.)
Director: Reginald LeBorg
 
28.
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
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An ancient mummy is revived to destroy the invaders of the 3,000 year-old tomb of an Egyptian princess. (67 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
 
29.
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
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A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier. (60 mins.)
Director: Harold Young
 
30.
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
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A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments. (61 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
31.
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)
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An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her. (87 mins.)
Director: Stuart Walker
 
32.
Mystery of Marie Roget (1942)
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A detective tries to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young actress. (61 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
33.
Mystery of the White Room (1939)
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In the middle of an eye-surgery operation in a large hospital, the lights in the operating room go out and the chief surgeon is murdered... (58 mins.)
Director: Otis Garrett
 
34.
Night Key (1937)
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The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system is kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies. (68 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Corrigan
 
35.
Nightmare (1942)
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An ex-gambler helps a beautiful widow, and becomes involved with a murder, secret agents, and saboteurs. (81 mins.)
Director: Tim Whelan
 
36.
Night Monster (1942)
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Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths. (73 mins.)
Director: Ford Beebe
 
37.
Pillow of Death (1945)
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Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death... (66 mins.)
Director: Wallace Fox
 
38.
The Raven (1935)
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A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her. (61 mins.)
 
39.
Reported Missing (1937)
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A gang is sabotaging planes so that when they crash, the corpses can be robbed. (63 mins.)
Director: Milton Carruth
 
40.
Sealed Lips (1942)
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A detective begins to suspect that a man may be in prison for a crime he didn't commit. (62 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
41.
Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
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Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful... (66 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
42.
Secret of the Chateau (1934)
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Inspector Marotte, attending an auction of rare collectible books previously ownded by the recently murdered M... (66 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
43.
She-Wolf of London (1946)
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A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park. (61 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
44.
Son of Dracula (1943)
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Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fianc and the woman he loves. (80 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
45.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
46.
The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)
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A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant. (59 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
47.
The Spy Ring (1938)
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Two American-army officers are working on a new type of machine-gun for anti-aircraft warfare, when one of them is murdered. The other vows to get the spies that are after the invention and avenge his friend's death. (61 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
48.
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)
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Private eye Jerry Church is hired by a criminal defense lawyer after five mobsters he has gotten acquitted are apparently strangled by a serial killer. (66 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
49.
Weird Woman (1944)
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While on a South Seas trip, a professor falls in love and marries an exotic native woman. What he doesn't... (63 mins.)
 
50.
Werewolf of London (1935)
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The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon. (75 mins.)
Director: Stuart Walker
 
51.
The Witness Vanishes (1939)
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Railroaded to an insane asylum twenty years ago by four men who had taken over his newspaper, Lucius Marplay... (66 mins.)
Director: Otis Garrett
 
52.
The Wolf Man (1941)
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner