Back in the early 1950s, 3D movies became popular for a while. Titles like Creature from the Black Lagoon and Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder turned up and I'm sure some pundits began to see it as the way of the future. And people were really excited for a while, until too many of them started complaining of headaches and the fad fizzled out. But before that could happen, a one-eyed director named Andre de Toth made a little horror movie called House of Wax (1953), starring Vincent Price. It was the one movie that really used the three dimensions to interesting effect (ironic, given that de Toth could only see in two dimensions). Some called it the greatest 3D movie ever made.

The trend came back for a while in the early 1980s, with titles like Comin' at Ya!, Jaws 3-D, Friday the 13th Part 3, Amityville 3-D, and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. Nobody called any of these movies the greatest anything of anything, and the trend disappeared again. Moreover, viewers found they could watch Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dial M for Murder and other former 3D movies on home video, and still enjoy them quite well, thank you very much.

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