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Monday, October 28, 2013

Carrie (1976)

Geeks and rejects of the world, this is OUR horror movie!  Carrie is one of the finest horror films ever made.  Revenge doesn't get any better than this!  If you've never seen this film run to the nearest video store and watch it immediately.  Unlike many of the mindless slasher flicks that would follow, Carrie has an emotional core that is deep and profound.  The movie was adapted from Stephen King's novel by both King and Lawrence D. Cohen.  It's the story of a girl with telekinetic powers that is tormented by her crazy fundamentalist mother and, eventually, her classmates.
Brian DePalma's direction [Scarface, The Untouchables] is flawless.  There isn't a wasted scene in this film and DePalma continues to build the tension until it explodes in blood, fire and rage.  The cast is luminous.  Sissy Spacek is perfection as Carrie in her ability to portray both sweetness and fury, often switching back and forth between these two emotions at lightning speed.  Piper Laurie plays her mother and brings the "crazy Jesus" in a way that is truly unsettling.  Not surprisingly, both of them were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress (Spacek) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie), which rarely happens in the horror genre.  Rounding out the cast are Amy Irving as Carrie's "friend" and John Travolta for good measure.  Both give great performances as well.
Carrie was remade for TV in 2002.  I saw it and thought it was far inferior to the original.  There was also a sequel entitled The Rage: Carrie 2 which was unimpressive as well.  In 2013 Carrie hit the big screen again with Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her mom.  I thought this remake was a total home run.  Mortez and Moore don't try to imitate the original performances.  Instead, they inhabit both characters in fresh ways and make them their own.  The story was also updated and centers on cyber bullying which is perfect for 2013.  

I cannot tell you how many times I've watched Carrie, but I never get tired of seeing it.  We would be so blessed if all horror films were this good.  It is a classic and probably one of my Top Ten.
Rating: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of THE scariest movies of all time--it has scared me for years!!! Great, great movie.