At the centre of the terror is Carrie (Sissy Spacek), a tortured high-school misfit with no confidence, no friends... and no idea about the extent of her 'secret powers' of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far. the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her 'special gift,' causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone that will take you to the very depths of horror — and beyond!
Teen-scream cult classic with (literally) buckets of blood. Great stuff!
- Carrie review by RP
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Teen-scream cult classic, high school holocaust, mildly satirical horror - however you view this film, it's clear that it has stood the test of time remarkably well. It's coming up to 40 years old, it's still excellent and still rated as 18 material, although it's not very gruesome by today's standards.
Based on Stephen King's first novel, directed by Brian De Palma (who went on to make 'Dressed To Kill', 'Scarface', 'The Untouchables' etc) and starring the beautifully weird looking Sissy Spacek in the title role with Piper Laurie as her fanatically religious mother and with a small part for the young(ish) John Travolta. [Aside: the 'teenagers' do seem to be played by actors in their 20s]
Carrie is shy and awkward, isolated and brow-beaten by her mother, and bullied at school. She is terrified when her first period starts in the school showers after a game of volleyball, and begins to develop telekinetic powers. Her classmates are punished for bullying her, but they plot public humiliation for Carrie at the Prom with (literally) buckets of blood. Carrie's telekinetic powers come to her rescue and are used against the prom crowd, the school and her mother. Suffice to say there are few survivors...
Silly stuff, yes - but it's well scripted and acted, with Sissy Spacek perfect for the role and Piper Laurie giving a superbly over the top performance. Great stuff - if you've not seen it before, watch it. If you have seen it, watch it again. 5/5 stars.