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Readers respond to “Carrie,” Stanley Kubrick, and Nicole Kidman

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CHILLS AND THRILLS

Bravo to EW on your ”25 Scariest Movies of All Time.” I couldn’t have made any better selections myself. Thanks for including the undisputed horror masterpiece: Brian De Palma’s Carrie. Even 23 years later, it still gives me nightmares!
BILL MCMASTER
Winnipeg

The Wolf Man is loudly howling/ Dracula crying tears of blood/ While Frankenstein has a body rash/ For none were invited to the Scariest Movie monster mash.
KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN
Huntington Beach, Calif.

But what about the Amityville Horror, one of the most frightening films of all time?
DAWNA BAUER
Rootstown, Ohio

…Arguably the best slasher flick of the ’90s, Wes Craven’s Scream?
TIM TEVAULT
Pomona, Calif.

…Sam Raimi’s 1983 classic horror-fest, The Evil Dead?
BILL LAUDER
Grande Cache, Alberta

‘EYES’ AND NAYS

From one ardent Stanley Kubrick fanatic to another, Owen Gleiberman, I have a theory on the awfulness of Eyes Wide Shut: Kubrick fell in love with Nicole Kidman’s rear end and shot a movie of it. This obsession so befuddled him that he hired a 2-year-old to plink the piano for a musical score and forgot to hire a screenwriter. What do you think?
PHYLLIS DARLING
Las Vegas

As a film lover, I am puzzled by the animosity Owen Gleiberman voiced toward Eyes Wide Shut. It is his duty as a movie critic to direct viewers to Eyes, one of the most important films this year. We are so accustomed to the slop thrown up on multiplex screens that when there’s a finely made film, reviewers should encourage audiences to go and see it. After all, a film fan needs to have more friends than The General’s Daughter, An Ideal Husband, and Big Daddy.
JEREMY GELTZER
Atlanta