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For the decades between 1930 and 1950, the undisputed masters of horror were Universal Pictures. From their early success with Dracula and Frankenstein to the later additions, such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal has created and popularized more memorable creature flicks than any other studio.
By the time the 1950s had come around, filmgoers" tastes had changed from the supernatural monsters that Universal excelled at to more scientific terrors -- atomic horrors, mutant animals, and other, more psychological fears. Not only that but now films in the theater had new competition -- television.
In 1957, Universal sold "Shock! Theater" a package of 52 mostly horror films to TV stations around the USA. This package contained many of their greatest horror classics, along with some less-popular films that rounded out the package. These films directly led to the invention of TV "Horror Hosts" used to introduce and pad out the shorter films. The film package was so successful that a few years later "Son of Shock!" was released with 20 more films.
This second book includes viewing synopses of all 20 Son of Shock! films, including the few non-horror films and even a few gems that are rarely seen today. Each film has some trivia and commentary. By examining each film in chronological release order, we can quickly see how tastes, values, budgets, and even special effects grew through the two decades these films were produced. In addition, there are 27 extra Universal films covered that were not included in either package but are otherwise considered essential viewing or historically significant.
Brand-new and uncirculated paperback book. Copyright 2020 Brian Schell. 211 black-and-white pages.
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