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Brian De Palma

Lawrence D. Cohen

Sissy Spacek
Piper Laurie
Amy Irving
John Travolta
Plot Summary
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.
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Review by Chucky
This fantastic horror film begins slowly as a drama and steadily builds to a nightmarish finale with hair-raising scares. Carrie is well-acted and contains a masterful score by Pino Donaggio. I enjoy listening to the original songs by Kate Irving played at the prom as this film turns those romantically charged songs into reminders of the nightmarish ending to this film.

There is something about De Palma's film-making style that I gravitate towards. I often enjoy a lot of his films with his ability to stir up extremely suspenseful scenes and I was left with a dropped-jaw by the time I was finished with Carrie for the first time.

Review by Crash Dummie
An all time classic and one of the best Stephen King adaption out there.

Carrie is the story of a young woman who's latent telekinetic powers are awakened soon after she has her first period. A life long outlier, Carrie's life take, if temporarily a turn for the better as she makes new friends and gets invited to prom by of of her school's most popular student. However, these new discovery incenses her extremely religious mother and Carrie's bullies who got banned from the prom are plotting their revenge.

Carrie's an incredibly affecting movie about growing up, womanhood, faith and breaking free from metaphorical shackles. The actors are extraordinary in their roles, especially Sissy Spacek as the titular character and Piper Laurie as Carrie's terrifying mother. Laurie's been one of my favorite actresses for a long time, and it's in no small part thanks to Carrie. The most disheartening thing is the innevitability of it all. You know from the beginning that Carrie will end up being crushed by the people around her, but the film makes you fall in love with her, and you keep rooting for her until the very last second. Her genuine happiness being taken away from her is legitimately heart breaking.

The climax is equal part jaw dropping, scary, empowering and sad. Few horror movies finales have shook me in the way that Carrie did.

However, I can't bring myself to give the movie a perfect score because of one single, dumb scene that goes on for way too long. The teens shopping for clothes and makeup for prom night. Inexplicably, a moment that could have lasted 10 seconds to move the story forward, is drawn out and slows the movie down to a crawl. Further hurting the scene is an awful song playing over it, and the baffling decision of speeding a part up because it was, according to the DVD's commentary, dragging. Why not just cut it out then?

Fortunately, this is the only blemish on this otherwise beautiful movie, and I would recommend it as an absolute must watch, horror fan or not.
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