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Excellent big screen version of author Stephen King's first novel is
not only a suspenseful teen drama, but a touching character study too.
Social misfit spends her days mocked by her classmates and harassed by her fanatically religious mother, then she discovers that she has the power of telekinesis...
Director Brian De Palma made a number of top-notch suspense thrillers during the 70's and Carrie is surely one of his finest works. The story of this film is a compelling one because you not only feel sorry for the teen misfit of the title, but you also want her to find happiness. It all builds into a powerful drama that packs lots of thrills, occasional humor, and strong emotional tones. De Palma lends his usual stylish direction, drawing out the suspense and at times making the movie quite hypnotic with some inventive camera work. The lovely music score of Pino Donaggio is also a nice touch.
Perhaps the best thing about this film though is the wonderful cast! Sissy Spacek does a touching portrayal as our title character, who turns to become quite frightening in the climatic prom scene. Piper Laurie is a powerhouse actress in the role of Spacek's crazed mother. Amy Irving is likable as the teen girl who wants to help the outcast. William Katt is strong as the hip jock who becomes one unlucky prom date. Supporting cast Nancy Allen, John Travolta, and Betty Buckley also turn in good performances.
Carrie is a classic that should be appreciated by all film lovers, not just those that enjoy the horror genre. It's a must-see.
**** out of ****
this film is one of those films that kinda gives you shivers...Sissy Spacek was great in this movie. She portrayed Carrie very-very-very well. Although not a 100% horror movie, "Carrie" has a lot of MOM-TERROR in it. i'd kill myself instantly if i had Margaret White as my mom! All-in-all, "Carrie" is one of the most disturbing films ever made.
A Horror Movie Classic. Good Acting, Well Developed Plot, and Good Scares. I Also Enjoyed the Originality, as well as the Blended in Drama. Very Good Movie recommended for Everyone and Anyone. I Give it 10 out of 10. People who Enjoyed this Might like: Scanners.
I remember reading the book in 6th grade and feeling so very close to Carrie. I was the outcast for all of my schools, no matter where we moved the monsters would find me. I wished so hard for powers of my own, but I never got them. This is a wonderfully done film, and a true landmark of its kind. While the fashions and music have dated considerably, it's still a great study of how our culture eats its young alive, and even encourages victimization of others, through religious intolerance, social class, perceived intelligence as a threat, and on and on. The true ugliness of American culture is all here, and we hope you like what you see. The sad fact is, most of us nerds never get our day, we just quietly die in bedrooms and hang from swingsets. We are the ones who get punished for "acting out" when simply trying to defend ourselves from butt holes. Those same jerks never get anything more than a slap on the wrist, while we get suspended. Is it any wonder why so many of us die young?! Some of us choose to take a few of our tormentors with us, but let's be honest, the Columbine Kids just couldn't AIM. That's the real tragedy, not a bunch of privileged snots. Carrie avenged us all.
"Carrie" is a thrilling death ride that will rip your heart out, chew
it up, spit it out, and punch it right back inside of you. If you don't
like horror movies, when this is on TV, turn it off immediately.
This is a story of a teenage girl going through puberty, childhood relationships, proms and even murder.
In gym class when Carrie takes a shower, she experiences the drama of her period. Now, you see, Carrie is misunderstood, and doesn't understand. Her mother is a crazy old lady who didn't tell Carrie about sex or puberty. Her mother mistreats her, slaps her, and locks her in closets.
Anyway, the girls in Carrie's classes are always making fun of her and calling her terrible names. So, after all Carrie's little mishaps, a girl in her class named Sue feels sorry for her. So sorry, she tells her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom. Sue is doing this on Carrie's behalf; to be a friend to her. Oops! Bad idea!
This movie is super-scary! I tell you, when I watched it, I was at a friend's house. I knew my father had told me not to watch the movie until I'm 18. I was 11, at the time. Let me tell you one thing. BOY, WAS HE RIGHT! I just about wet my pants! At the end, I got so scared! I felt like I was going to die! Unfortunately, my friend was asleep at this point. I didn't even want to watch the rest of the movie.
One little tip from your friend, Chelseey: Unless you're over 18, and like horror movies, and your dad says it's okay, BEWARE. Although it was a good movie, it is blood-suckin' scary!
Based on the novel by Steven King CARRIE is the story of a young girl
with telekinesis, who has the power to move things with her mind. The
school's wallflower and the brunt of her classmates jokes Carries
revenge is the focus of this tence and stylish horror film. This film
was released 1976 and featured John Travolta in his debut role in
acting, this film has recently been remade starring Chloe Grace Moretz
as Carrie instead of Sissy Spacek in this movie. In my opinion it is a
good film but very overrated, i have seen much better films although i
did enjoy this movie. This film established Brian DePalma as a new
creative force in motion pictures.
***/***** good but overrated
Long ago, when I was a teenager I listened to the stories of others about this movie. I lived in a country where the rental stores did not exist a large selection of movies to see. The first time I watched it for about fifteen years ago with a friend who wanted to follow her home, because she was afraid that the way intercepts Carrie. I experienced a completely different movie. I actually experienced the film as a drama that can happen to anyone, like a movie where all the supernatural can be considered a metaphor. I believe that everyone in the school has one'' Carrie'' so strange and withdrawn girl. Great psychological drama , excellent acting and tense atmosphere made it one of the best films of world cinema.
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"Scarface" director Brian De Palma had made about ten feature-length
films and several shorts when he made his first classic horror chiller
"Carrie" with Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, William Katt,
Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, and P.J. Soles. If you look closely, you'll
spot "Miami Vice" regular Michael Talbot, who played Detective Stan
Switek, cast as Travolta's accomplice. This was author Stephen King's
first novel that Hollywood adapted, and he approved of De Palma and
"Ghost Story" scenarist Lawrence D. Cohen's adaptation. Performances
are uniformly top-notch, with Spacek garnering an Oscar nomination for
Best Actress while Laurie received a nomination for Best Supporting
Actress. These two make a convincing daughter and mother combination.
Spacek is a revelation when she goes full-tilt telekinetic in the final
quarter hour, devastating friends and foe alike. She walked off with
the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress. Amy Irving
and Betty Buckley are sympathetic as Carrie's friend and mentor. Nancy
Allen and John Travolta play a villainous who orchestrated an evening
of mayhem with pig's blood galore. "Carrie" is all about the terrible
effects of bullying.
Our poor, disadvantaged heroine grows up with a tyrannical mother whose husband abandoned her and turns into a radical Christian who sees sin in her innocent daughter. Furthermore, Carrie is an outsider at Bates High School, and her only friend is her gym teacher, Miss Collins (Betty Buckley of "Wyatt Earp"), who struggles to help. Things get off to quick start after gym class one day when Carrie has her first period in the locker room shower. Virtually everybody ridicules Carrie's ignorance and they sling a storm of tampons and feminine napkins at her. Honestly, Carrie has no idea what is happening because her prudish, repressed mother has told her anything about growing up and the changes that occur with puberty. Miss Collins reprimands the girls and threatens to revoke their prom privileges if they don't spend time after classes with her performing calisthenics. Sue Snell (Amy Irving) regrets her behavior and arranges a prom date between her handsome football hero boyfriend, Tommy Ross (William Katt of "Butch & Sundance: The Early Years"), who reluctantly goes along with her best intentions scheme. Meanwhile, Sue's class mate Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen of "RoboCop") smolders with rage from the treatment that Miss Collins accords her. Only in the 1970s could a high school teacher assault a student by slapping her face in front of her peers and getting away with no repressions. Secretly, Chris plots revenge with her class mate Norma (P.J. Soles of "Halloween") and boyfriend Billy Nolan (John Travolta of "The Devil's Rain") and Billy's buddy Freddy (Michael Talbot) to fix the prom vote so Carrie and Tommy will win. At the moment that Carrie receives her flower, Chris plans to tip a bucket of swine blood so that Carrie is drenched from head to toe in the gore.
What nobody knocks is that with the onset of her period, Carrie has developed telekinetic powers. We see some foreshadowing of this awesome power early in the shower scene and later in the principal's office when Mr. Morton (Stefan Gierasch of "High Plains Drifter") mispronounces Carrie's name as Cassie and the cigarette ashtray fragments. Later, at home with her warped mother, Carrie shatters a mirror with an etching of Jesus in the background. Tommy has to harass Carrie before she accepts his invitation to go to the prom with him. Predictably, Carrie's mother is dead set against her daughter donning a dress that will prominently display her 'dirty pillows' and plans some retribution of her own. Meanwhile, Miss Collins suspects initially that Sue and Tommy are up no good with Sue's decision to skip prom and her insistence that Tommy take Carrie. The night before all Hell breaks loose, Chris, Billy, and Freddy place the bucket of pig's blood directly over the stage. Freddy and Norma decide to fix the prom couple vote without anybody knowing any better.
Naturally, things go smoothly for the evil villains, but they are in no way prepared for the electrifying outcome. After she is covered in the hog's blood, Carrie unleashes all her telekinetic powers and all but burns down the auditorium where the prom occurred. She walks out of these fireworks. When Chris and Billy try to run her down with his car, she turns her powers on them, their car rolls several times, ignites in a fireball explosion and incinerates them. Talk about a spectacular way to die! At home, Carrie washes off all the swine blood and seeks her mother's loving arms for comfortable only to scream when mom buries a knife in her back. Carrie has another telekinetic bout and skewers her mom with seven kitchen utensils. Suddenly, Carrie's small white house collapses around him, and the sole survivor of this nightmare is Sue. Sue goes to the flat, level site of Carrie's house to put flowers on the for sale sign and an arm from Hell soars up from the rocks to seize her, and she awakens to find her own mother consoling her after experiencing a nightmare. The ending will startle you because this is the last thing that you expect. Four years later, Sean S. Cunningham appropriated the shocker of a finale in his gruesome but seminal slasher "Friday the 13th" with a small boy exploding from the calm surface of a lake to stab at a girl after the heroine had taken refuge in a boat to escape the villainess at Camp Crystal Lake. Director Brian De Palma never wears out his welcome with this 98-minute melodrama about a young girl and her supernatural powers and went on to exploit it in his next film "The Fury." "The Fury," however, was not the memorable experience that "Carrie."
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Brian De Palma's Carrie has the most extreme endings for a movie about bullying. Instead of crying about them dumping pigs blood all over her at the prom she kills everyone and that is saying a lot considering that in the beginning you would think she wouldn't hurt a fly but now after what happened, she'll take no mercy. Sissy Spacek did a very good job at playing the shy Carrie White and, Piper Laurie who plays Margaret White also did a great job at being Carrie's crazy mother. Also, the camera-work was great except for a couple times when Brian De Palma would use some odd transitions of camera angles but overall it was pretty good. I also liked how the prom looked and they did a good job with the sets. So, overall Carrie while may having some problems with it it has great build up and the verdict is: 9/10
Absolutely fabulous horror movie, with a shock at the end. One of the best Stephen King's adaptations ever made. It's all in DePalma's brilliant directing and genius acting by Piper Laurie and marvelous Sissy Spacek, she made Carrie an emotionally-charged psycho. Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, and Betty Buckley also made this movie remarkable. My favorite scene which is probably many peoples favorite is when Carrie snaps with pig blood all over her stunning white gown which was a fantastic contrast and screaming and terror falls onto peoples faces. The plot is fantastic, effects are excellent (don't forget it's 1976) Sound is great,creepy and full of tension. Amazing movie, 10/10 def.
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