Carrie may be ostracized and bullied by her peers but she also posseses telekinetic powers. When the popular clique play a sick prank on her at the prom, she unleashes her power to a devastating effect.
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Re-watched this 42 years later and I am giving it 4.5* Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek both amazing and I had forgotten all about Travolta in full Sweat-hog mode. When I was 14, I thought cinema was all about Wertmuller, Bunuel, Truffaut and Altman, and had trouble appreciating this as anything more than teen-oriented entertainment. I was a film snob. Now I realize that it is finely-crafted teen-oriented entertainment.
Haven't watched since I was like 10. I first watched, as many movies as a kid, with my Mom. To this day, on rare occasion, she'll belt out "They're all gonna laugh at you!" (context varies). This made me incredibly happy. I cried. Also, that rotating camera on the prom floor, that palette, Sissy's eyes, that shifting split screen, Nancy... I am utterly satiated.
Saw this for the first time at a Somerset House open-air cinema night-time screening in central London a couple of years ago. It was shown in tandem with 'Mean Girls' which was a bizarrely apt cinematic double bill. The majority of this film plays like a school-set teen movie, but the domestic religious extremism and TK undertones build this De Palma masterpiece to its horrific crescendo. Spacek is sensational.
[Spoilers] Poor Sissy Spacek has to deal with the mother from Hell, horrible bullies and her Mary and Baby Jesus nightlight. But it's okay -everyone dies horribly at the high school Prom, and dear demented mom is crucified by kitchen utensils. However, style is the real winner in "Carrie", with its classicism underpinning the gore, as if Lucio Fulci was making a film in the style of Hitchcock.
Captivating movie. I honestly found this to be more sad than actually scary although it is quite disturbing. Spacek is absolutely incredible. The scenes between Carrie and her mom were just amazing and very fucked up and hard to watch. I also loved the things about this film that are incredibly 70s such as the split screen and the fast motion and such. 3rd DePalma I've seen and I really loved it. Fuck the reamake(s)!
Better than I remembered it being as a kid. The Psycho-esque violins every time Carrie gets upset haven't aged so well but overall the good use of De Palma's style and Spacek & Laurie's acting make this a classic.Could a popcorn movie w/ this grim a view of humanity get made today? One of the rare thrillers whose ending has been completely "spoiler''ed by pop culture but loses not of it's devasting power.
Compared to DePalma's other films, Carrie lags when it comes to energy and absurdity. There are some amazing moments, and DePalma's visual style is flamboyant as usual, but it really is way too uneven and it shows. As usual, the opening is masterful and the soundtrack magical. The ending alone deserves recognition for its cinematic intensity.
Except from the opening and final scene (brilliant ones), 'Carrie' endures one of the most ridiculous Brian De Palma direction.
Come on, the split-screen? That was awful. Same with the poor sound work, and the unbearable, never-ending use of the 'Psycho' theme.
I still think Sissy Spacek rocks.