Note to studios: please start screening horror movies for the press again. I like horror movies. Always have. Many of my personal desert island videos would probably be horror films, including but not limited to: Murnau's Nosferatu (1922), Dreyer's Vampyr (1932), Whale's The Old Dark House (1932), Ulmer's The Black Cat (1934), Tourneur's Cat People (1942), Bava's Blood and Black Lace (1964), Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), Carpenter's Halloween (1978), Kubrick's The Shining (1980), Cronenberg's The Fly (1986), Raimi's Evil Dead II (1987) and/or Kurosawa's Pulse (2001).

Sure, it's not often that good horror movies emerge from the large pile of bad ones, but that's the case with any film genre, and has always been the case for horror films. Not long after Browning and Whale scored their big hits Dracula and Frankenstein (respectively) in 1931, cheap imitators began cranking out cheap imitations, some of them even starring poor Bela Lugosi (who needed a better agent).

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