Carrie (1976)

Loner, Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), unleashes her horrific powers of telekinesis at her prom after humiliation by her classmates.

This is one of those other movies which I’ve never properly watched even though I’m very much aware of the cultural impact of the film. However, I read the book a long time ago.

The film took me by surprise. It some how subverted the ability to be little more than horror satire and ended up being genuinely scary in places. As the movie unfolds, part of the horror is that the frames are so full and busy. You really don’t know where to look when chaos unfolds at the prom.

The main characters were all well acted by those involved. Sissy Spacek was fantastic and was more than just the lonely girl punished by her overbearing religious fundamentalist mother. I think everyone who has been through school and had to put up with the pressures of friends, love, puberty etc will see something of themselves in Carrie. Of course, we don’t all kill our classmates using telekinesis but the underlying emotions are still the same.

There are some genuinely freaky moments in this movie, especially the ending, and I can see why this film is as renowned as it is.

MY RATING: *** / *****


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