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Top 5 horror films for Halloween

Welcome to Halloween.

Welcome, also, to too much sugar, pumpkins everywhere, and endless debates about whether or not it constitutes the Americanisation of British culture (answer: nobody cares).

But all of that misses the point. Halloween is not about any of that. Halloween is about horror films. The TV listings are jammed with them, Netflix have a “Halloween film” section, and HMV have been doing a roaring trade (I imagine) in the classics since about mid-October.

So here’s my contribution to the mix. My top five horror films, for your enjoyment. Enjoy.

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Why doesn’t Stephen King like Kubrick’s “The Shining”?

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At it’s most basic, I’d suggest, the answer is because he doesn’t have to.

Some background first, perhaps. Presumably as part of the publicity for his new novel, The Shining-sequel Doctor Sleep, Stephen King has given an interview to the BBC in which he explains why he doesn’t like Stanley Kubrick’s classic adaptation of his novel.

Now, I don’t think it was a secret that Mr King wasn’t a fan. Certainly it didn’t surprise me. But it seems to have kicked up a bit of an online storm, with the New Statesman posting a particularly smug piece entitled Stephen King still won’t accept Kubrick’s genius.

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