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In August of 1957, fifty two classic horror films (more or less) were released to television under the package title of Shock!. They were part of a ten-year, $20-million deal by Screen Gems to license 550 films from Universal-International for syndication. The package consisted mainly of older Universal horror releases, such as the original Dracula and Frankenstein, but also a few lesser flicks to fill out the list (such as 1935's The Great Impersonation).

This moment is important for fans of classic movie monsters, because the release of the Shock! package to local television markets was the beginning of the Monster Craze among American youth that continues today. This was the first time that kids could enjoy the Universal monsters in their own homes - prior to this, the movies had only been shown in theaters, in original runs and re-releases. Once kids got a load of Lugosi, Karloff, and the rest, they immediately adopted them as their own - as well as the newer (to them) crop of monsters appearing at the time onscreen, such as Creature From The Black Lagoon. The package was of course a success, and it would be followed by imitators such as Associated Artists re-releasing the old Monogram pictures, among others, which caused even more monstrous mayhem on TV's. Soon would follow the first issue of Famous Monsters Of Filmland, the first Aurora models, and all of the other licensed toys and items which helped cement the love of monsters in the hearts of the creature-kids.

But it all started with Shock!. Here's a list of the fifty-two films that made up that package:

Shock! 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


[Information taken from the highly recommended Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold by Kevin Heffernan]

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