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Horror Movies From The '80s The Library Of Congress Should Add To Its Registry

Updated 14 Jan 2020 459 votes 73 voters 1.3k views15 items

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The National Film Registry at the Library of Congress highlights films that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in order to showcase "the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation." While there are plenty of movies that should be in the National Film Registry that aren't yet, the process of adding new films is meticulous and slow. Only 25 films are added each year, chosen from all the American movies released from the dawn of cinema to the present day.

As you might imagine, horror films are poorly represented among the Registry's catalog. Depending on how you count, the Library of Congress has only added around 26 horror films to the Registry since its inception in 1988. These include such acknowledged classics as HalloweenAlien, The Exorcist, and Rosemary's Baby.

Despite the influence of the best '80s horror films on both the popular imagination and cinematic history, the only horror film from that decade on the list is Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, from 1980. After that, the Registry jumps all the way to 1991's The Silence of the Lambs before adding another horror movie.

Aside from The Shining, the closest the Registry gets to '80s horror is with the inductions of Ghostbusters and The Terminator, both from 1984. However, there are a lot of great, culturally important '80s horror films that the Library of Congress should consider adding to the Registry in the coming years, from well-known classics to more obscure '80s horror gems that still have an impact on society, on film, and on the way we watch movies. 

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