Carrie (1976)

Directed by Brian De Palma.  Written by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.  Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving, William Katt and P.J. Soles.

Plot: telekinetic Carrie is abused at home and at school and it all comes to a tragic boiling point at the school prom


Carrie’s mother is heavily religious and puts Carrie through hell for no good reason.  The girls at school do the same thing for different reasons.  No one is really good to Carrie.  One teacher isn’t bad to her, but she doesn’t see the warning signs that Carrie’s about to go off, too.  There’s Sue and Tommy, too, who we actually grew to like in the film.  It’s sad about what happens to them.

While this is a classic, it’s not me and DJ’s favorite.  It’s original, but what is the point of it all?  To teach us that everyone dies?  There is no rules, no Freddy Claws and the religious aspects are so heavy handed, but without much of a reason.  Also, DJ thinks that Piper Laurie’s character was a bit cartoonish.  But perhaps she was supposed to be.

There’s a lot of gratuitous boob shots and girls playing volleyball and girls doing exercises and girls getting showers.  The soundtrack to it all is hideous though, and ends up making the movie look like one big tampon commercial.

All in all the story starts pretty well, but the end sucks.  We don’t get the hoopla.  DJ does not really like the movie at all and I simply find it mediocre.

My score: 50.  DJ’s score: 30.

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