Every year, 25 films are named to the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress. The films are selected because they are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant, and are to be preserved for all time." 2010's films have been chosen, and among them is genre film The Exorcist. Of course, film buffs - not just horror fans - have known for decades that The Exorcist is more than just a classic. More after the jump.
The Exoricst was chosen from over 2,000 features, documentaries, and shorts to be preserved for all time. "These films are not selected as the 'best' American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring significance to American culture," the press release states. Other genre films that were inducted this year include two George Lucas films: The Empire Strikes Back and his USC student film "Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB."
Horror is surprisingly well represented on the National Film Registry, along with relate genre films (sci-fi and fantasy). Among them are Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Freaks, Halloween, Blade Runner, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Invisible Man, Jaws, King Kong, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rear Window, and The Terminator.
Source: Library of Congress