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Kubrick’s The Shining Officially Added to the National Film Registry

Kubrick’s The Shining Officially Added to the National Film Registry

by Dusan on December 28th, 2018 | |

Who says classic horror films never get the high-prestige recognition they deserve? As dedicated movie buffs may already know, the Library of Congress earmarks 25 culturally significant films for induction into the National Film Registry every year and every so often, horror fans get to see one of their darlings make the cut. This year, Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece The Shining was among the movies honored, as was Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. (Other landmark films honored this year include Brokeback Mountain, Jurassic Park, Eve’s Bayou, and My Fair Lady.)

Featuring unforgettable performances from Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall as Jack and Wendy Torrance respectively, The Shining is – of course – based on the iconic Stephen King novel of the same name. Everyone’s favorite haunted hotel story joins an impressive collection of previous horror inductees including but not limited to:

This year, the National Film Registry also celebrates a milestone 30th birthday, so if you’ve never seen The Shining or any of the other genre films on the official list, now would be a great time to remedy that. (Of course, winter is always the perfect time of year to take a cinematic trip back to the Overlook regardless.)

In case you’ve ever wondered how you can help more horror films score spots of their own on the National Film Registry, you can actually nominate your favorites yourself. September 15, 2019 is the official deadline for next year’s nominations, so be sure to mark your calendars and keep it in mind. The Registry chooses films for induction based on how important they are to the heritage of film in regard to aesthetics, culture, and history.

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