This is the time of the year when nominations are announced for the various year-end award shows that take place annually, and of course, it’s pretty damn rare that horror movies/television shows get any recognition. But that’s okay, because at least the National Film Registry cares about horror. They give the genre a little love almost every year, and 2016 is no exception.
The full list of 2016 inductees into the prestigious National Film Registry was just announced, and among them is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. The Oscar-nominated 1963 horror film starred Tippi Hedren and of course, a whole bunch of rabid birds, and it joins previous Hitchcock classics already in the National Film Registry including Psycho, Vertigo, and Rear Window.
Said the Library of Congress:
Hitchcock’s four sequential masterpieces – VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, PSYCHO and THE BIRDS – revealed a director at the pinnacle of his craft. In THE BIRDS, Hitchcock transfixed critics and mass audiences alike by deftly moving from anxiety-inducing horror to glossy entertainment and suspense, with bold forays into psychological terrain. Marked by a foreboding sense of an unending terror no one can escape, the film concludes with a famous final scene, which only adds to the emotional impact of THE BIRDS.
The National Film Registry (NFR) is the United States National Film Preservation Board’s (NFPB) selection of films for preservation in the Library of Congress.
Other horror films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” in years past include Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Exorcist.