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7.4
/10
6,105 Ratings

Carrie

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1976
Horror

Synopsis

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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Carrie Directed by Brian De Palma

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1977 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1977 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1977 | 3rd place: Best Actress

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1977 | Winner: Best Actress

While it’s reasonably faithful to the source novel, it’s also 100 percent a De Palma film, piling enough perverse eroticism, winking Alfred Hitchcock allusions, tricky compositions, and athletic camera moves to be remembered first and foremost as an auteur work.
April 11, 2018
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The first, arguably best Stephen King novel birthed the first, arguably best filmed Stephen King adaptation. In Carrie’s classic climax, every element speaks to the detailed work of art director Jack Fisk and cinematographer Mario Tosi: the color palette, the lighting, the editing, and especially the split-screen. The scenario comes alive: the stage, the doors, the decoration—Fisk’s work has a semiotic quality, and normalcy becomes infernal under the framing and tempo of a master like De Palma.
March 30, 2016
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De Palma’s ballsy formal irony – mystically fogged slow dollies of the female locker room, an accelerating spinning shot of slow dancing to deceivingly suggest romantic bliss – is used to hypnotic effect, seducing the eyes even as it lays bare the ugly cosmic imbalance that ushers Carrie towards eternal insecurity. Still one of the most relentless portrayals of all-encompassing adolescent anxiety in cinema…
November 27, 2013
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