Teen-scream cult classic with (literally) buckets of blood. Great stuff!
- Carrie review by RP
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.
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Hasn't aged well.
- Carrie review by MN
I remembered loving this film as a teen so decided to revisit some 15 years later and was surprised to find it to be quite poor. Sissy Spacek does quite well but almost all the other performances are ridiculously OTT, and none more so than Piper Laurie's religious fanatic mother who could have been dialled down by at least 50 percent. Brian De Palma's direction gives the film the feel of a 70s soft porn flick. A classic final scene of course but otherwise very silly and disappointing!
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