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Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn't make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her about her horrified reaction to her totally unexpected first period one of them takes pity on her and gets Tommy Ross, her boyfriend and class hunk to invite Carrie to the senior prom. Meanwhile another girl who has been banned from the prom for her continued aggressive behaviour is not as forgiving and plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn't realise is that Carrie is ... gifted, and you really don't want to get her angry. Written by
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When Miss Collins is pacing in the principal's office after the shower incident, she pauses in front of his desk. Carrie's blood is visible on her shorts, making the principal uncomfortable. She then continues pacing around the office and the blood disappears. Although she is moving, her sweatshirt would not move that much as to cover all traces of the blood. See more »
High school misfit Carrie (Sissy Spacek) unleashes her telekinetic fury
on her tormentors. This was a huge hit in 1976 and scared me silly. It
doesn't scare me now (except for the closing sequence), but I still
think it's a good solid horror film beautifully handled by Brian De
Palma. It moves quickly, has some beautiful imagery (everything is shot
soft focus with muted color) and has almost uniformally good
performances. The only bad one is by John Travolta way out of his depth
playing a hood.
Amy Irving (as a student who befriends Carrie), William Katt (with a
very 70s afro), Nancy Allen (playing a real bitch), Betty Buckley (so
young and full of energy) and P.J. Soles (silly but bearable) are all
perfect. But Spacek is superb matched by Piper Laurie who is very scary
and marvelous as her deranged, religious mother.
Also the film is (by today's standards) very restrained in terms of
blood and gore. And the final sequence will make you jump (also notice
the cars in the background during that--they're moving backwards!)
Only complaints--De Palma REALLY hates some of the high school
kids--you feel like like he's working out some personal issues here.
And did we really need the slow-mo shower sequence at the beginning?
That aside--this is a great film. See it letter boxed.
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