Can I get suggestions for a Chiller-Shock Theater Fest?

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

    Eric Huffstutler Screenwriter

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    Straight to the point....

    I am looking for suggestions to have a Chiller Theater / Shock Theater fest using movies that were their most popular showings and available on DVD or DVD-R (now being sold commercially even through Amazon). I am trying to stick with movies from 1930s thru early 1970s and can be both Horror and Sci-Fi.

    (keep in mind that this TV show usually showed 'B' movies like those shown at drive-ins)

    OK... go at it, waiting for some titles!

    OH... and if you will, provide the info for the best available transfer for that movie (studio/distributor). Don't want to buy junk unless there is no other choice.

    Thanks!
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  2. LaurenceGarvey

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    Some of my favorites...

    Universal classics: FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE WOLF MAN, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE INVISIBLE MAN, all on DVD from Universal.

    1950s: If you've got the Arkoff region 2 discs, you'll have HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER, WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, BLOOD OF DRACULA, (EARTH VS.) THE SPIDER, all recommended.

    MGM's Midnight Movie DVDs include IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE and ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE. There's a fairly crappy DVD of ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS available from somebody calling themselves "Allied Artists". THE WASP WOMAN and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS are available from a number of sources. Columbia has HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THE TINGLER, and THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS. Image offers ROBOT MONSTER and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. VCI has TARGET EARTH.

    That enough to tide ya over?
     
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    Just a small sampling of some good Horror/Sci-Fi "B" films:

    I Bury the Living - MGM
    Fiend Without a Face - Criterion
    Human Monster, The - Roan
    Carnival of Souls - Criterion
    White Zombie - Roan
    Monster That Challenged the World, The - MGM
    I Married a Monster From Outer Space - Paramount
    Return of the Vampire - Columbia
    Mr Sardonicus - Columbia
    Night Caller From Outer Space - Image
     
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    Aside from the ones listed above, The Thing From Another World from Warners is a good choice.
     
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    when i was a kid, there was a station we used to get in Georgia- which may have originated in Athens, or Macon (defintiely wasn't out of Atlanta) that used to have a Shock Theater on Saturday nights (probaly midnight)
    "...so sit back and relax....as much as you can...and watch Shock Theater this evening. Muuuuwwwhhhaaaaaaa!"

    they never showed classic Universal or RKO movies, just schlocky 60s and early 70s Avco Embassy and other independants.

    anyways, recently saw the 60s euro horror Castle Of Blood.
    really enjoyed it. Black Sunday, in the same vein is also worth screening.

    both have fine a/v transfers.

    both should be available from Netflix if you don't want to buy them.
    i would also highly recommend
    The Changeling
    Planet Of The Vampires
    Curse Of The Demon
    Gargoyals
    The Car
    Blacula
    Count Yorga, Vampire
    Pit & The Pendulum
    Fall Of The House Of Usher
    The Ghost & Mr Chicken
     
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    If by "Shock Theater", you mean the official SHOCK THEATER and SON OF SHOCK tv packages, syndicated around the U.S.A. in 1958-onward (using various local hosts, most famously by John "Zacherly The Cool Ghoul/Roland" Zacherle in Philadelphia, and later in NYC), a list of available R1 DVDs would include:

    DRACULA (1931) Universal, in the Dracula Legacy Collection
    DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936) ditto
    SON OF DRACULA (1943) ditto
    HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) ditto
    FRANKENSTEIN (1931) Universal, in the Frankenstein Legacy Collection
    BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) ditto
    SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) ditto
    GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942) ditto
    HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944) ditto
    THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) Universal, in the Invisible Man Legacy Collection
    THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS (1940) ditto
    THE INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE (1944) ditto
    THE MUMMY (1932) Universal, in the Mummy Legacy Collection
    THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940) ditto
    THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1942) ditto
    THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944) ditto
    THE MUMMY'S CURSE (1944) ditto
    WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) Universal, in the Wolf Man Legacy Collection
    THE WOLF MAN (1941) ditto
    FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943) ditto
    SHE-WOLF OF LONDON (1946) ditto
    THE DEVIL COMMANDS (1941) Columbia
    MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932) coming 9/6/05 from Universal, in the Bela Lugosi Legacy Collection
    THE BLACK CAT (1934) ditto
    THE RAVEN (1935) ditto
    THE INVISIBLE RAY (1935) ditto
    BLACK FRIDAY (1940) ditto
    THE MAN WITH NINE LIVES (1940) coming 10/4/05 from Columbia

    And, if by "Chiller Theater", you mean specifically the movies shown on Pittsburgh's WPXI Channel 11's long-running CHILLER THEATER, hosted by "Chilly Billy" Cardille, a list of available R1 DVDs would include:

    INVISIBLE WOMAN (1941) Universal, in the Invisible Legacy Collection
    INVISIBLE AGENT (1942) ditto
    IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) Universal
    CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) Universal, in the Creature Legacy Collection
    REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) ditto
    + all the Universal films in the SHOCK THEATER list above

    THE DEVIL COMMANDS (1941) Columbia/Tristar
    CURSE OF THE DEMON (1957) ditto
    THE TINGLER (1959) ditto

    THE BEAST FROM TWENTY THOUSAND FATHOMS (1953) Warner
    CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) ditto

    INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) Republic/Artisan

    THE BLOB (1958) Criterion
    CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) Criterion, Image, Off Color Films/Hart Sharp, several P.D. sources

    THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957) MGM
    ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE (1958) MGM
    I BURY THE LIVING (1958) MGM
    IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE (1958) MGM
    ANGRY RED PLANET (1959) MGM
    INVISIBLE INVADERS (1959) MGM
    JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET (1962) MGM
    REPTILICUS (1962) MGM
    PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1965, a.k.a. DEMON PLANET) MGM
    MARS NEEDS WOMEN (1966) MGM
    BLACULA (1972) MGM
    THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972) MGM
    PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (1962) MGM, currently available in Canada, coming to U.S. stores 9/20/05

    THE WOMAN WHO CAME BACK (1945) Image Entertainment
    DESTINATION MOON (1950) ditto
    FLIGHT TO MARS (1951) ditto
    THE LOST CONTINENT (1951) ditto
    ROBOT MONSTER (1953) ditto
    BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955) ditto
    THE BEGINNING OF THE END (1957) ditto
    KRONOS (1957) ditto
    THE UNEARTHLY (1957) ditto
    THE CRAWLING EYE (1958) ditto
    GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN (1958) ditto
    TERROR IS A MAN (1959) ditto
    BLACK SUNDAY (1960) ditto
    THE PHANTOM PLANET (1961) ditto
    THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1962, a.k.a. EVIL EYE) ditto
    BLACK SABBATH (1963) ditto
    DR. ORLOFF'S MONSTER (1964) ditto
    NIGHT CALLER FROM OUTER SPACE (1965) ditto
    LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973) ditto

    THE INCREDIBLE PETRIFIED WORLD (1958) Something Weird/Image Entertainment
    INVASION OF THE ANIMAL PEOPLE (1962) ditto

    GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956) Sony Wonder
    GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1965, Fullscreen-only) ditto

    MATANGO (1963, a.k.a. ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE) Media-Blasters
    DOGORA, THE SPACE MONSTER (1964) ditto
    GAPPA, THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER (1967, a.k.a. MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET) ditto

    RETURN OF THE FLY (1959) Fox
    PLANET OF THE APES (1968) Fox
    BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970) Fox
    ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971) Fox
    CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972) Fox
    BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973) Fox
    HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) Fox, coming 9/9/05

    CIRCUS OF HORRORS (1960) Anchor Bay
    SCARS OF DRACULA (1970) ditto

    TARGET EARTH (1954) VCI
    HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959) VCI
    CITY OF THE DEAD (1960, a.k.a. HORROR HOTEL) VCI
    BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) VCI
    CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972) VCI
    GARGOYLES (1972) VCI
    DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) VCI
    DON'T OPEN THE DOOR (1975) VCI

    BEAST FROM THE HAUNTED CAVE (1959) Synapse, several P.D. sources
    CASTLE OF BLOOD (1964, a.k.a. CASTLE OF TERROR) ditto
    BLUE SUNSHINE (1976) ditto

    MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR (1954) Rhino Home Video
    TERRIFIED (1962) ditto
    THE SLIME PEOPLE (1963) ditto
    THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN (1963) ditto
    BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE (1969) ditto
    TWISTED BRAIN (1974) ditto
    CREEPING TERROR (1964, MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 "mocked" version only) ditto, in MST3K COLLECTION VOL. 1

    THE FLESH EATERS (1964) Dark Sky Films, coming 10/25/05

    PYRO (1964) Troma

    CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD (1967, a.k.a. TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR. SADISM) Music Video Distrib
    DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE (1974) ditto

    NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS (1974) Mondo Crash/Ventura

    CRUCIBLE OF HORROR (1970) Trinity Home Entertainment

    SVENGALI (1931) Roan Group, various other P.D. sources
    WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) ditto
    THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933) ditto
    THE APE (1940) ditto
    THE HUMAN MONSTER (1940) ditto
    INVISIBLE GHOST (1941) ditto
    THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942) ditto
    GHOSTS ON THE LOOSE (1943) ditto
    THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN (1956) ditto
    THE BAT (1959) ditto
    THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (1960) ditto
    DEMENTIA 13 (1963) ditto

    JESSE JAMES MEETS FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER (1966) Elite, various other P.D. sources
    NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) ditto

    A BELL FROM HELL (1973) Pathfinder

    LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1972) Hens Tooth Video

    KING DINOSAUR (1955) Retromedia
    SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED (1974) ditto
    THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS (1961) Retromedia, Ventura

    TRACK OF THE VAMPIRE (1966, a.k.a. BLOOD BATH) Madacy

    ONE BODY TOO MANY (1944) Alpha
    ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (1957) ditto
    ASSIGNMENT OUTER SPACE (1961) ditto
    HANDS OF A STRANGER (1962) ditto
    THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER (1964) ditto

    GAMMERA, THE INVINCIBLE (1965) Alpha, various other P.D. sources
    THE SHE-BEAST (1966) ditto
    RETURN OF THE GIANT MONSTERS (1967, a.k.a. GAMERA VS. GAOS) ditto
    DESTROY ALL PLANETS (1968, a.k.a. GAMERA VS. VIRAS) ditto
    VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1968) ditto
    ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS (1969, a.k.a. GAMERA VS. GUIRON) ditto

    THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958) various P.D. sources
    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) ditto
    THE DEVIL'S HAND (1962) ditto
    THE TERROR (1963) ditto
    JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TIME (1967)
    GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) ditto

    --but, if you just mean generic "Chiller-or-Shock-Theater"-type movies, there are tons more on R1 DVD, such as:

    Warner~~

    THEM (1954)
    THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)
    HOUSE OF WAX (1953)
    MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933)
    THE BLACK SCORPION (1957)
    THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939)
    FREAKS (1932)
    DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1932 & 1941 versions)
    FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
    THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958)
    HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)
    THE MUMMY (1959)
    DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (1968)
    TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)
    FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (1969)
    THE TIME MACHINE (1960)
    THE HAUNTING (1964)
    VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)
    CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED (1963)
    THE HAUNTING (1963)
    THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1966)
    VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969)
    THE OMEGA MAN (1971)
    WESTWORLD (1973)
    SOYLENT GREEN (1973)
    CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981)

    Paramount~~

    WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953)
    WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1952)
    I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958)
    ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
    CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER (1973)
    FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (1973)
    BUG (1975)

    Fox~~

    THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
    THE FLY (1958)
    JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1959)
    THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE (1959)
    VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961)
    FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966)
    ONE MILLION YEARS BC (1966)
    LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE (1973)

    Columbia/Tristar~~

    RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE (1943)
    IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955)
    EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956)
    TWENTY MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957)
    REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958)
    13 GHOSTS (1960)
    HOMICIDAL (1961)
    MR. SARDONICUS (1961)
    STRAIT-JACKET (1964)
    MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961)
    SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958)
    JASON & THE ARGONAUTS (1963)
    THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (1964)
    DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! (1965)
    SEE NO EVIL (1971)
    BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN (1971)
    THE CREEPING FLESH (1973)
    THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1973)
    SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (1977)
    GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER (1966)
    SON OF GODZILLA (1967)
    GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (1971)
    GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972)
    GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974)

    Universal~~

    THE GHOST BREAKERS (1940)
    ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948)
    PSYCHO (1960)
    THE BIRDS (1963)
    THE GHOST & MR. CHICKEN (1966)
    DUEL (1971)
    SSSSSSSS (1973)

    MGM~~

    THE GHOUL (1935)
    THE MAN FROM PLANET X (1951)
    DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953)
    VOODOO ISLAND (1957)
    THE FOUR SKULLS OF JONATHAN DRAKE (1959)
    A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959)
    THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1959)
    JACK THE GIANT KILLER (1962)
    THE MAGIC SWORD (1962)
    HOUSE OF USHER (1960)
    THE PIT & THE PENDULUM (1961)
    TALES OF TERROR (1962)
    THE PREMATURE BURIAL (1962)
    THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963)
    THE RAVEN (1963)
    THE COMEDY OF TERRORS (1964)
    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)
    TOMB OF LIGEA (1965)
    DIE MONSTER DIE (1965)
    WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP (1965)
    THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964)
    REPTILICUS (1962)
    TOWER OF LONDON (1962)
    TWICE-TOLD TALES (1963)
    X - THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES (1963)
    VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS (1965)
    THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI (1966)
    THE OBLONG BOX (1969)
    SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN (1969)
    COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1970)
    THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA (1971)
    COUNTESS DRACULA (1970)
    THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970)
    THE NIGHT STALKER (1971)
    THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1972)
    THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971)
    DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972)
    THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973)
    MADHOUSE (1974)
    THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (1975)
    THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT (1977)
    AT THE EARTH'S CORE (1976)
    THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (1971)
    THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT (1971)
    SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM (1973)
    FROGS (1972)
    INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES (1963)
    INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)

    Criterion~~

    THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (1932)
    FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958)
    THE DEVIL & DANIEL WEBSTER (1941)
    PEEPING TOM (1960)
    EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1959)

    Image Entertainment~~

    INVADERS FROM MARS (1953)
    BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1958)
    4D MAN (1959)
    DINOSAURUS! (1960)
    DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1954)
    THINGS TO COME (1936)
    STRANGLER OF THE SWAMP (1945)
    BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS (1961)
    MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL (1958)
    THE FLYING SAUCER (1950)
    THE COSMIC MAN (1959)
    TEENAGE MONSTER (1957)
    CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON (1953)
    THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMON (1959)
    MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953)
    STRANGER FROM VENUS (1954)
    MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958)
    THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959)
    THE ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER (1958)
    PROJECT MOONBASE (1953)
    SPACEWAYS (1953)
    TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
    HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1960)
    PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
    NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (1960)
    THE BEACH GIRLS & THE MONSTER (1965)
    BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA (1952)
    SHE DEMONS (1958)
    FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER (1958)
    FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (1962)
    STARMAN VOL. 1: ATTACK FROM SPACE / EVIL BRAIN FROM OUTER SPACE (1958-59)
    STARMAN VOL. 2: INVADERS FROM SPACE / ATOMIC RULERS (1958-59)
    ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950)
    SPIDER BABY (1964)
    THE PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAMPIRE (1962)
    FIRST MAN INTO SPACE (1959)
    THE ATOMIC SUBMARINE (1959)
    THE HAUNTED STRANGLER (1958)
    CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958)
    THE FLESH & THE FIENDS (1959, a.k.a. MANIA)
    I VAMPIRI (1956, a.k.a. THE DEVIL'S COMMANDMENT)
    HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1968)
    FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON (1970)
    BARON BLOOD (1972)
    HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
    THE BLOODY DEAD (1967, a.k.a. CREATURE WITH THE BLUE HAND)
    VIY OR SPIRIT OF EVIL (1967)

    Media-Blasters~~

    THE MYSTERIANS (1957)
    VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE (1958)
    THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG (1963)
    INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP MONSTERS (1964)

    Anchor Bay~~

    DEAD OF NIGHT (1945)
    DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE (1971)
    THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (1962)
    DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS (1965)
    DALEKS: INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. (1966)
    SCHLOCK (1971)

    VCI~~

    GORGO (1961)
    THE HEADLESS GHOST (1959) --not on dvd
    BLOOD & BLACK LACE (1964)
    THE WHIP & THE BODY (1963)
    KILL BABY KILL (1966)

    Disney/Miramax~~

    TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954)
    THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN (1977)

    ADV Films~~

    DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)
    DAIMAJIN (1966)
    RETURN OF DAIMAJIN (1966)
    WRATH OF DAIMAJIN (1966)

    Sony Wonder/Classic Media~~

    RODAN (1957)
    GODZILLA'S REVENGE (1969, fullscreen)
    TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975, fullscreen)

    Synapse~~

    THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962)

    Allday Entertainment~~

    1000 EYES OF DR. MABUSE (1960)
    TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1962)

    Mondo Macabro~~

    MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN (1960)

    Lion's Gate~~

    THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD (1970)

    Fantoma~~

    HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961)
    AT MIDNIGHT I"LL TAKE YOUR SOUL (1963)
    THIS NIGHT, I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE (1966)

    Kino~~

    THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)
    SHE (1935)

    Sanachie~~

    THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND (1936)

    Rhino~~

    THE CRAWLING HAND (1963)

    Roan Group/Troma~~

    THE DEVIL BAT (1941)

    Retromedia:

    THE GHOST (196)
    DEAD EYES OF LONDON (196)

    Various P.D. companies:

    BLUEBEARD (1944)
    THE MONSTER MAKER (1944)
    UNJKNOWN WORLD (1951)
    PHANTOM FROM SPACE (1953)
    KILLERS FROM SPACE (1954)
    THE SNOW CREATURE (1954)
    PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1956)
    WARNING FROM SPACE (1956)
    THE DAY THE SKY EXPLODED (1958)
    THE KILLER SHREWS (1959)
    MANOS, THE HANDS OF FATE (1966)
    THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960)
    BLOODLUST (1961)
    DUNGEON OF HARROW (1962)
    THE WASP WOMAN (1960)
    ATOM AGE VAMPIRE (1960)
    DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS (1963, fullscreen)
    WEREWOLF IN A GIRL'S DORMITORY (1961)
    THE ATOMIC BRAIN (1964, a.k.a. MONSTROSITY)
    ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (1959)
    WAR OF THE MONSTERS (1966, a.k.a. GAMERA VS. BARUGON, fullscreen)
    GAMERA VS. MONSTER X (1970, fullscreen)
    THE MAGIC SERPENT (1966, fullscreen)
    YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (1967, fullscreen)
    THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE (1967)
    EEGAH (1962)
    TORMENTED (1960)
    LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971)
    THE HAND (1960)
    TEENAGE ZOMBIES (1959)
    VOYAGE TO A PREHISTORIC PLANET (1965)
    IN THE YEAR 2889 (1967)
    TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE (1965)

    --And some more coming out in the next couple of months:

    BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960) Universal
    CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961) ditto
    PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962) ditto
    KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963) ditto
    EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (1964) ditto
    NIGHT CREATURES (1962) ditto
    NIGHTMARE (1964) ditto
    PARANOIAC (1963) ditto
    THE INNOCENTS (1961) ditto
    THE CABINET OF CALIGARI (1962) Fox
    ZONTAR, THE THING FROM VENUS (1966) Retromedia
    THE EYE CREATURES (1965) ditto
    TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1971) Blue Underground
    RETURN OF THE BLIND DEAD (1973) ditto
    THE GHOST GALLEON (1975) ditto
    NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS (1976) ditto
    THE COLLEGE GIRL MURDERS (1967) Dark Sky Films
    TERROR BENEATH THE SEA (1966) ditto
    TORTURE GARDEN (1967) Columbia
    CAT PEOPLE (1942) Warner
    I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943) ditto
    THE LEOPARD MAN (1943) ditto
    THE SEVENTH VICTIM (1943) ditto
    THE GHOST SHIP (1943) ditto
    CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944) ditto
    ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) ditto
    THE BODY SNATCHER (1945) ditto
    BEDLAM (1946) ditto
    DRACULA A.D. 1972 (1972) ditto
    NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972) ditto
    SPACE AMOEBA (1970, a.k.a. YOG MONSTER FROM SPACE) Media-Blasters

    There, far more than anybody ever wanted to know! [​IMG]
    I think my work is done here (exit, stage right)...
     
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    Peter M Fitzgerald, that is one of the best available b-movie lists I've ever seen!

    Great job!
     
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    Peter... WOW!!! Now that is a list!

    Maybe you can answer this question? The original Shock Theater packages sent to TV stations consisted of 52 movies. Do you have any idea their titles?

    Eric
     
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    Thanks Russell, Eric. It was a fun challenge to put together.

    The complete SHOCK THEATER line-up? Ask, and thou shalt receive, Eric:

    The SHOCK THEATER and SON OF SHOCK package lists

    I had to go with second-hand web info for the Chiller Theater films, so that portion of my list above may well be incomplete. My childhood was deprived of both Chilly Billy and Zacherly (and Ghoulardi/The Ghoul, Dr. Morgus, etc).

    Spending my first seven years in the Boston area in the early 1970s (before moving to VA), I was all about WKGB (later WLVI) Channel 56's CREATURE FEATURE (later CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE), the CHANNEL 56 DRIVE-IN MOVIE (where I got my first viewings of KING KONG ('33), GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS and MONSTER ZERO), and ABC affiliate WCVB Channel 5's host-less version of CHILLER THEATER (all the Universal horror and sci-fi classics of the 1930s-50s, likely the last resting place of the SHOCK THEATER packages of 14-15 years earlier). TARANTULA was a particular favorite of mine at the time (and still is).
     
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    Peter, you did it again! I looked myself before and could not find the SHOCK! list (even has a picture of the booklet).

    I also did not notice any stations in VA (I lived in Newport News growing up - across from Norfolk). Could be that as a child of the 60s, I remember 2 of the 3 TV stations went off the air at sundown. All you saw afterwards was the Indian Chief or similar test pattern. My childhood memories of Shock and Chiller Theater incarnations was while visiting a relative in North Carolina and The Boman Body (Shock Theater) and Dr. Madblood out of Norfolk (both later moved to Richmond, VA markets). With cable TV smothering local networks, these evening (and afternoon) comedic hosted thriller shows ended.

    All I can remember about the show in North Carolina was that it has a laughing skull coming out of the dark with the intro. Enough to stay in a 10 year old's mind to this day, pre mega million dollar FX extravaganzas to spoil or jade you - simpler times.
     
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    Peter,

    Wanted to follow-up with a couple of observations I made with the SHOCK! and SON OF SHOCK lists. All of the original 52 movies provided to stations for the Shock Theater programing were from Universal Pictures. A few on the Son of Shock list are from Columbia but also Universal again.

    Also, not all of the 52 SHOCK! titles are Horror movies. Some are Drama and Mysteries. I was "shocked" to learn that! [​IMG]

    Most are obscure and never been on VHS or DVD so would be a certain challange to replicate an exact library.
     
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    Peter, one error jumped out at me: THE HEADLESS GHOST is not available on DVD from VCI (or anybody else, so far as I know).

    The original SHOCK THEATRE package, which began airing on TV in 1957 via Columbia's Screen Gems division, introduced the classic Universal monsters to a new generation. The impact of this TV package cannot be over-stated; ratings skyrocketed and many stations began showing the films on a nightly basis.

    How many people remember these thrillers that filled out the original Shock! package?

    ENEMY AGENT (1940) Factory worker Richard Cromwell is framed by fifth columnist Philip Dorn for sabotage; G-Man Robert Armstrong cracks the case.

    THE SPY RING (1938) Spies are after a device that can bring down airplanes. William Hall and Jane Wyman star.

    SECRET OF THE CHATEAU (1934) A stolen bible leads to murder in an old mansion! Stars Jack LaRue and Claire Dodd.

    CHINATOWN SQUAD (1935) Somebody is killing folks in Chinatown and stealing their jade rings. Check out this cast: Lyle Talbot, Valerie Hobson, Andy Devine, and Hugh O'Connell!

    MYSTERY OF THE WHITE ROOM (1939) The lights go out in the hospital during surgery, and when they come back up, the doctor's been murdered! Bruce Cabot, Helen Mack, and Joan Woodbury are among the suspects.

    REPORTED MISSING! (1937) Another thriller with a cast of interest to serial buffs. Someone is bringing down planes and robbing the passengers. Dick "Captain America" Purcell and Jean "Dale Arden" Rogers try to figure it all out.

    DANGER WOMAN (1946) Spies are after nuclear secrets at a university. Brenda Joyce and Milburn Stone star.

    THE MAN WHO CRIED WOLF (1937) Lewis Stone is an actor (of course) who confesses to murders he didn't commit to reap the publicity; he's really planning a murder of his own. Tom Brown solves the case.

    NIGHTMARE (1942) A liquor distributor is substituting explosives for alcohol to blow up convoyed ships during WWII. Hey, each of the studios was turning out a movie a week: they couldn't ALL have great plots. Anyway, Diana Barrymore, Brian Donlevy and Henry Daniell star.

    DESTINATION UNKNOWN (1942) More spy business; this time, there's a search on for the "priceless" jewels of St. Petersburgh. Probably a lot of action, 'cause Ray Taylor directed. William Gargan and Turhan Bey star.

    THE LAST WARNING (1939) Who is the mysterious extortionist known as "The Eye"? Beats me. Maybe it's Preston Foster, Frank Jenks, or E.E. Clive.

    THE GREAT IMPERSONATION (1935) Battling munitions kings argue over who's going to arm Britain and who's going to aid her enemy. Edmund Lowe and Valerie Hobson play our star-crossed lovers. (Ralph Bellamy and Evelyn Ankers starred in a remake seven years later.)

    THE WITNESS VANISHES (1939) A newspaperman who was framed and imprisoned for 20 years escapes, and the four guys who frame him start dying unpleasant deaths. Is he responsible? The cast of Wendy Barrie, Edmund Lowe and Forrester Harvey must've really appealed to monster fans. *cough cough*

    A DANGEROUS GAME (1941) Detective Richard Arlen and his assistant, Andy Devine(!), investigate a $250,000 insurance benefit paid to an asylum inmate.

    SEALED LIPS (1941) Detective William Gargan, working without the benefit of Andy Devine, solves a missing person case through dental records. Sounds like a nail-biter.
     
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    Likely, the SHOCK distributer, Screen Gems (who licensed the Universal library for most of the package), had to pad out that list with some mysteries and a few early crime/spy films, since the early Paramount chillers we associate with the Universal library today (ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, MURDERS IN THE ZOO, SUPERNATURAL, DR. CYCLOPS, etc) were still Paramount's property in those days, I believe. And since Screen Gems was (and is) an arm of Columbia Pictures, it stands to reason that a few Columbia films would be put in the mix at some point.

    And there was some tendancy to lump crime/mystery and horror together in a "thrillers" category in those days. Universal-TV's THRILLER anthology program (hosted by Boris Karloff) did this a few years after the SHOCK package was inaugurated. Come to think of it, THRILLER may well have owed much of it's existence to the success of SHOCK THEATER (as well as the considerable ratings success of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS and THE TWILIGHT ZONE).

    When I moved down to VA (1976-82), it was just outside of Lynchburg, which was sort of a video wasteland (at least, at that time) as far as classic creature-features went, since we could only recieve TV broadcasts from Lynchburg and Roanoke (no cable tv out in the county, since the phone lines were underground). One ABC station out of Lynchburg, WSET Channel 13 (that channel number wasn't just a place on the dial, it was an omen of the programming you'd usually get), and NBC affiliate WDBJ Channel 7, CBS affiliate WSLS Channel 10, and a very minor PBS station WBRA Channel 15, all out of Roanoke. No regular monster movie slots (and no hosts).

    There were occasional genre flicks shown, to be sure; the (mostly rarely-shown) better films I remember seeing at that time:

    ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
    PLANET OF THE APES
    FANTASTIC VOYAGE
    INVADERS FROM MARS
    VALLEY OF GWANGI (shown exactly once, late-night on WSLS)
    FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (ditto)
    FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (ditto)
    DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (ditto)
    GODZILLA
    GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO
    GODZILLA'S REVENGE
    GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (network tv, NBC special hosted by John Belushi in a Godzilla suit)
    THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT (network tv broadcast)
    AT THE EARTH'S CORE (ditto)
    DRACULA A.D. 1972 (ditto)
    VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE
    THE WEREWOLF
    RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE
    THE DEVIL COMMANDS
    THINGS TO COME
    THE POWER
    ASYLUM
    SOYLENT GREEN
    WESTWORLD
    DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
    THE NIGHT STALKER
    GARGOYLES

    + reruns of the original OUTER LIMITS, STAR TREK and DARK SHADOWS.

    --but it was usually the dreck (although a few of these were still fun films, I own a couple of them, and would buy THE GIANT CLAW and CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN if they were made available), shown early and often:

    THE GIANT CLAW
    THE ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU
    CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN
    JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TIME
    CAT-WOMEN OF THE MOON
    MAN WITHOUT A BODY
    THE DEVIL BAT
    KING DINOSAUR
    THE CREEPING TERROR
    INVISIBLE INVADERS
    THE OMEGANS
    THE ALIEN FACTOR
    STARSHIP INVASIONS (network tv)
    THE LAST DINOSAUR (ditto)
    FANTASTIC INVASION OF PLANET EARTH
    THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN
    DESTINATION INNER SPACE
    PHANTOM FROM SPACE
    THE MONSTER CLUB
    + numerous others too mediocre to recall

    Besides a a one-time, late-night showing of VALLEY OF GWANGI, we were given no Ray Harryhausen epics, nor were any Universal films shown (outside of the Abbott & Costello package), no Warner Bros, none of the good MGM sci-fi/horror/fantasy films made prior to 1968, no Paramount, no RKO, no AIP, no Allied Artists, no really good Columbia films (like CURSE OF THE DEMON) or William Castle, nothing from Fox (other than APES and FANTASTIC VOYAGE, which were probably considered "real" movies by our local programmers), no Hammer films other than those few listed above, no Amicus except ASYLUM, no Marion Bava or other 1960s Euro-horror, most Toho flicks were MIA (to say nothing of the GAMERA and english-dubbed Toei films), etc. Perhaps things were better down there in the 1960s/early 1970s.

    I'd use my allowance money to pick up FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND at the newsstand every month, and be tormented by the photos and coverage of all the great classic stuff that would never play on tv in my area (video rental didn't exist yet and cable was in its infancy (and was far, far away)). And memories of all the stuff I'd seen in Boston, but would never air in Lynchburg (particularly KING KONG, WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE BEAST FROM TWENTY THOUSAND FATHOMS, FORBIDDEN PLANET, TARANTULA and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS).

    As you can see, as far as televised monster rallies go, I was very happy to move back to the Northeast in 1982, where the good (and obscure) stuff was still more commonplace on NYC & Connecticut tv, just prior to the emergence of modern-style broadcast tv programming (i.e. anything "old" gets the heave-ho) a few years later. And by then, there was cable tv and home video to take up the slack.
     
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    Oops, my bad on HEADLESS GHOST, Laurence. I must've been thinking of Roan's LD double-feature of HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM / THE HEADLESS GHOST when I typed it, figuring that since VCI had released HORRORS on dvd, it had done the same with HEADLESS. I'll cross that one out.

    Wow, your descriptions of the other SHOCK THEATER flicks have me on the edge of my chair! (sarcasm off)

    Actually, I wouldn't mind seeing several of those, I'm sure there's some enjoyment to be had in there, somewhere.
     
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    As I recall, TV Guide listed the Universal horror films as "Melodramas" in those days. I didn't know what that meant.

    Because of the astounding popularity of Ghoulardi in Northeast Ohio in the mid-60s, by the early '70s we had various Creature Features on Friday evening (The Cool Ghoul, mainly creaky British thrillers on a station from Canton), Friday late-night (Hoolihan & Big Chuck), Saturday all day (with Superhost, from Lorain), Saturday evening (Count Alucard), and a choice of two on Saturday late night (Sir Graves Ghastly and the Ghoul). No wonder we all grew up so warped.

    Oh, and Channel 3 had an "Early Show" movie weekdays at 4:30, which frequently showed '50s Universal sci-fi films like SHRINKING MAN, THE MOLE PEOPLE, and MONSTER ON THE CAMPUS.
     
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    I guess you guys have seen my other post (left unanswered) asking about the Arkoff Library being released in Region 1. I don't have a region free player and puzzled as to why these American drive-in movies were released in Region 2 with no sign of them in the states? All are cult classics and would do well here and about a year ago I saw a post that possibly Lion's Gate was releasing the packages in Region 1 but are still MIA.

    Does anyone have insight about that or a reason why they hit Europe and not America being truly "American" movies?

    Eric
     
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    If you want to watch them in something like the original order , I have an article at horror-wood.com, "Rise of the Monster Boomers." The board software wouldn't allow me to post the link.
     
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    Eric, at monsterkid.com they've discussed these in the past; apparently, region 1 releases have been discussed, and materials prepared, but nobody seems to know why they are still in limbo here in the U.S.

    I acted as a consultant for the second wave of Arkoff titles in England, and all I can tell you is that the rights were available there, but aren't available here. Oh, and I wanted to do THE CAT GIRL, mainly because it's a British film anyway, but I was told that although they had U.K. rights, they didn't have Continental rights, which is apparently a big deal (the discs DO, after all, have Dutch subtitling) and so that's the only title I recommended they turned down.

    All-region DVD players are very inexpensive, the discs are very inexpensive (with shipping, you can buy the two 5-DVD boxed sets for about $35 each, last time I checked), so for heaven's sake, buy the darn things! You won't be sorry.

    (Okay, well, you might be sorry at THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED, which is horrible in full screen, and VOODOO WOMAN, which is too dark.)

    P.S. They had some funny questions for me about the films (including some of the films that I ended up not recommending). For example, SORORITY GIRL: "What's a sorority?" Apparently, that term is not well-known over there. So I told them. "Why would a girl want to live at University in a house with only OTHER girls?" That one stumped me. Also, OPERATION: DAMES was a headscratcher, as the term "Dame" means something very different over there than it does over here!
     
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    Here is a title for you guys to ponder. As mentioned in one of my above posts, when I was a kid in the 60s, there was that show which had the laughing skull. The movie they were playing that night which had a "blob like" scene in it which also stuck in my mind, was called "The Flame Barrier", a 1958 UA movie. Has anyone seen a copy anywhere available?
     
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    I saw THE FLAME BARRIER exactly once, when it was broadcast on TNT, back in its (better) "MonsterVision/100% Weird" days. No legit DVDs of it are currently out there (it's MGM/Sony property), but it would be a natural for MGM's "Midnite Movies" line, if Sony deigns to continue it.
     

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