Title – Carrie (1976)
Director – Brian De Palma (Passion)
Cast – Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Betty Buckley
Plot – Bullied school girl Carrie White (Spacek) must deal with the constant harsh realities of school life and the even harsher reality of her mother Margaret’s (Laurie) overbearing Christianity. Carrie however harbors a deep supernatural secret that threatens to turn the High School Prom into something else entirely.
“They’re all gonna laugh at you”
Review by Eddie on 21/11/2013
Upon watching Carrie for the very first time in today’s modern age one wishes that it were possible to go back and witness the film in a packed cinema screening upon release for it would have been a grand and previously unseen experience, for Carrie is a film that feels ahead of it’s time and stands the test of age to still be shocking and frightfully spot on in it’s depiction of teenage isolation and discovery of oneself.
Carrie needs no real introduction as many know the story of bullied social outcast Carrie White, played so well by the then 26 year old Sissy Spacek. Spacek will forever be known for her role in this picture and what a great feat to lay hold on as her performance in the film is so eerily spot on you almost forget that she in fact isn’t Carrie. Other performers in the film also resonate with special mention to Piper Laurie as Carrie’s god fearing and overbearing mother Margaret and Betty Buckley as Carrie’s gym teacher Miss Collins. The film also features early performances from John Travolta as idiotic teen Billy Nolan and Nancy Allen as evil school girl Chris.
Much of Carrie’s success must be related back to director Brian De Palma who directs the film with that voyeuristic style that made him famous in films such as Dressed to Kill and Body Double. If a film were to open the way it does as with this original Carrie today it would lose none of it’s downright creepy vibe and would remain just as controversial. De Palma sticks to his guns throughout the entire runtime and is aided by a now equally classic film score from Pino Donaggio giving the film a unique moody atmospheric feel.
I have no idea why it took so long into my life to catch this original horror classic but I am glad I have before I partake eventually in the newly updated version with Chloe Grace Moretz. I can see already that the film will have a tough time justifying it’s existence as Carrie is the quintessential version of the Stephen King story and a movie that still shocks as it did upon release.
4 buckets of pig blood out of 5
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