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Universal Horror

There is some debate as to what films constitute Universal Studios’ Classic Horror canon. For the first generation of fans, i.e. the baby boomer Monster Kids, it's those films that appeared on the Shock Theater & Son of Shock packages syndicated to local TV stations in the late 1950s, often presented by a horror host such as Vampira or Zacherley (here in Seattle it was The Count). But the Shock package, besides including films from Columbia Studios, contained a number of titles that could only generously be described as “horror adjacent” in order to fill out the numbers. So for this list, I've curated those titles out for the most part. I did include the six supernatural-tinged Inner Sanctum Mysteries, which…

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  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Dracula
  • Drácula
  • Frankenstein
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The Mummy
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Black Cat
  • The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Werewolf of London
  • The Raven
  • Dracula's Daughter
  • Son of Frankenstein
  • Tower of London
  • The Invisible Man Returns
  • The Mummy's Hand
  • Black Friday
  • Man-Made Monster
  • Horror Island
  • The Wolf Man
  • The Ghost of Frankenstein
  • Invisible Agent
  • Night Monster
  • The Mummy's Tomb
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
  • Captive Wild Woman
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Son of Dracula
  • The Mad Ghoul
  • Calling Dr. Death
  • Weird Woman
  • The Invisible Man's Revenge
  • The Mummy's Ghost
  • Jungle Woman
  • The Climax
  • Dead Man's Eyes
  • House of Frankenstein
  • The Mummy's Curse
  • House of Dracula
  • The Frozen Ghost
  • Strange Confession
  • Pillow of Death
  • The Jungle Captive
  • House of Horrors
  • She-Wolf of London
  • Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Revenge of the Creature
  • The Creature Walks Among Us