The horror classic Carrie is one of 25 titles joining the National Film Registry for 2022, the Library of Congress announced in December.
Director Brian De Palma’s 1976 hit film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is the latest horror film selected for preservation for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The 2022 list includes movies as diverse as Iron Man, When Harry Met Sally and Super Fly, as well as the documentary Manzanar, and the archival pieces Mardi Gras Carnival and Cab Calloway Home Movies.
The Oscar-nominated story of a teenage outcast with telekinetic powers who eventually delivers revenge on her religious zealot mother and abusive high school classmates made a star of Sissy Spacek as well as De Palma and changed the horror film genre.
Some of the horror films and thrillers already part of the registry include: The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Freaks, War of the Worlds, House of Wax, Rear Window, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ghostbusters, The Silence of the Lambs, Jaws and Alien.
In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act empowered the Librarian of Congress to name 25 films each year — at least 10 years old — to be preserved for posterity. The annual list of films is compiled by the librarian with the help of the National Film Preservation Board, library specialists and thousands of suggestions from the public.
The full list of films selected for the 2022 National Film Registry, in chronological order:
Mardi Gras Carnival (1898)
Cab Calloway Home Movies (1948-1951)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
Scorpio Rising (1963)
Behind Every Good Man (1967)
Titicut Follies (1967)
Betty Tells Her Story (1972)
Super Fly (1972)
Union Maids (1976)
Word is Out: Stories of Our Lives (1977)
Bush Mama (1979)
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
Itam Hakim, Hopiit (1984)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Tongues Untied (1989)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
House Party (1990)
Iron Man (2008)