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And The Oscar… Should Have Gone To These 5 Horror Films For Best Picture

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When it comes to the Oscars, horror films have always gotten the shaft. While Get Out earned a Best Picture nomination, a win wasn’t in its destiny. Its appearance at the awards, however, gave the genre hope for the future. We look at five horror classics that should’ve won the Best Picture award.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist is one of few films that remains faithful to its source material. Released in 1973, it was the first horror film to get nominated for Best Picture. Unfortunately, it lost to the Paul Newman/Robert Redford heist film The Sting. Aside from the Best Picture nomination, The Exorcist gained nominations in other major categories, including Best Actress and Best Director.

Bride Of Frankenstein

As a sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein simply overshadows 1931’s Frankenstein. Due to certain scenes, the film faced censorship problems in Japan, Sweden, and Hungary. Despite the rave reviews, the movie was only nominated for one Oscar for Best Sound Recording. While there are plans for a future reboot, it can’t match the sheer intensity of the original.

The Shining

It’s hard to imagine The Shining having lukewarm reviews from critics.  This horror classic didn’t sit well with people at first, but eventually, they grew to love it. During its initial run, the film gained two Razzie nominations for Worst Actress and Worst Director. Without any love from critics or award ceremony, The Shining went on to become an iconic masterpiece.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro unleashed a completely mindblowing world with Pan’s Labyrinth. The film was originally just sketches del Toro kept for 20 years. This horror/fantasy flick earned the director a Best Foreign Language Film nomination. Critics like Roger Ebert and Mark Kermode adored the film, but the Academy didn’t feel it was worthy of a major nomination.

Psycho

Psycho brought a new level of violence that many people haven’t seen on screen at the time. The shower scene is easily one of the most iconic scenes in film history. This is also the only film listed that had its ratings changed on countless occasions. Pyscho earned Alfred Hitchcock his fifth and final Oscar nomination for Best Director.

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