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.