Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Horror Movies of All Time

'Psycho,' 'The Shining,' 'The Exorcist' and seven other classics that will fill your nightmares long after Halloween

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2. 'The Shining'

Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film The Shining has undergone a remarkable public reappraisal over the past three decades. This was initially seen as Kubrick's first sell-out movie, a popcorn flick guaranteed to make a pile of money after the debacle of his last movie, 1975's deadly dull Barry Lyndon. Critics loved the unrelenting tension and Jack Nicholson's performance as the homicidal Jack Torrence was praised, but after the brilliance of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove, it seemed like a minor work. Then a funny thing happened. People began watching it over and over and over. They came up with insane theories about the real meaning (as chronicled in the amazing documentary Room 237) and even sane people started seeing the movie as a twisted masterpiece. Bizarrely enough, it's probably been analyzed, screened and parodied more than any other movie in the Kubrick library. Absolutely nobody back in 1980 saw that coming. 

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