Me: Take away the FX work, and what's left? What's the other reason it's revered? It's a massive moneymaker, but so are Adam Sandler and Preparation H. The difference between it, JAWS and RAIDERS is painfully clear. And one kid does die: the baby. Babies are kids. That's a straight fact.
The original novel has no FX. It seems I really don't get your argument.
Speaking of Kubrik... I never really saw the appeal in his films. 2001, for example. It's bloated. It could be cut down to half an hour without losing anything (well, except for the overlong shots). I don't really see the magic in it. Or for Full Metal Jacket. The beginning is interesting, but only because of Ermey. And then his character dies because he's an idiot, and then it turns into a somewhat crazed, but still rather typical anti-war movie.
Hitchcock on the other hand, that man's films are truly worthwhile, and he had a much greater influence on the following generations, in my opinion.