Retro Reviews: Carrie (1976)

Sissy Spacek won recognition and the admiration of movie-goers in her role as the very unfortunate Carrie. The movie Carrie (1976) worked so well mostly because of her superb portrayal of this shy teenage girl. We all knew a girl like Carrie and perhaps that’s what made this movie so shocking and horrifying.

Retro Reviews: Carrie (1976)

Carrie (1976)

Retro Reviews: Carrie (1976)

Carries home life

Carrie lives a sheltered life, domineered by her crazy, religious zealot mother (Piper Laurie) and Carrie has a secret. She has telekinesis, a power to move objects without touching them. And it seems that her repressed anger is the catalyst. Soon we see, as her tortured home life shows us, the psychotic atmosphere she lives in and realize it is at the root of these strange powers as well as her extreme introversion.

However, when Carrie is unexpectedly asked to the school prom by one of the most popular boys- we feel her joy, apprehensive as we are of the outcome. I will say no more to spoil the riveting surprise that ensues but will praise director Brian de Palma’s masterpiece ending for the reason the movie is so memorable. Even though most readers have probably already seen or heard of Carrie, I haven’t included the trailer, just in case, as it immediately revealed the surprise ending.

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                   Prom Princess

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It’s in the brilliance of the story (Stephen King), the direction, the acting, the characters and the final unfolding, that the true horror of Carrie- the movie, is so adeptly delivered. Knowing the characters and then, registering what is about to happen makes the movie’s ending. It becomes almost unbearable to watch. The last twenty minutes pull you in completely.

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                           Carrie’s Fury

Carrie (1976) is a different brand of horror film- no ghosts or slashers here- only human obsession and teenage cruelty- played out by a believable and excellent cast. Don’t miss this one- not for young children but for any teenager or adult who ever went to high school. I rate it an 8/10.

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