This list initially ran on October 29, 2013. Also, read Bilge Ebiri's essay on why Mulholland Drive is a great horror film . One third of a century ago, Stanley Kubrick released The Shining and changed the face of modern horror. Except that he didn't, at least not initially. The Shining was a critical dud and, at first, a financial disappointment. (Kubrick even got nominated for a Razzie for Worst Director.) But over the years, the movie has, to understate mightily, gained in stature. And its release seemed to us like a good cutoff point for our journey through the ensuing 33 years of horror cinema. After all, 1980 is an important turning point in the genre: The wild wild west of exploitation cinema (which gave us such titles as I Spit on Your Grave ) had been largely tamed, the colorfully gruesome artistry of giallo ( Suspiria , Deep Red ) was on the wane, and Hammer Studios (home of Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed ) had pretty much become extinct. Meanwhile, slasher movies were becoming slasher franchises, and the Age of Spielberg and the Age of Video were upon us. And so, we've gone over the ensuing years and… Read full this story
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