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A young girl with telekinetic powers is the school wallflower and she bears the brunt of her classmates jokes. Blood runs rampant when she gets her revenge.
Release Date: 3-AUG-2004
Media Type: DVD
This terrifying adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel was directed by shock maestro Brian De Palma for maximum, no-holds-barred effect. Sissy Spacek stars as Carrie White, the beleaguered daughter of a religious kook (Piper Laurie) and a social outcast tormented by her cruel, insensitive classmates. When her rage turns into telekinetic powers, however, school's out in every sense of the word. De Palma's horrific climax in a school gym lingers forever in the memory, though the film is also built upon Spacek's remarkable performance and Piper Laurie's outlandishly creepy one. John Travolta has a small part as a thug, De Palma's future wife, Nancy Allen, is his girlfriend, and Amy Irving makes her screen debut as one of the girls giving Carrie a hard time. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, Dolby sound, theatrical trailer, and optional French subtitles. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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This brilliant plot of a high school student, Carrie White, continues growing more interesting moment after moment. The mystery and the suspense builds as Carrie slowly discovers and understands her supernatural powers. Once she learns that it has a name, telekenesis, they begin growning more destructively. However, the emotional aspect remains present, namely through the bullying and being emotionally tortured by her abusive religious mother. The chain of events keep audiences watching closely up to the chilling conclusion. The haunting conclusion has since become famous like the shower scene in "Psycho" (1960). Her rampage has since been imitated by several films, but none have matched the intensity of "Carrie". Such tremendous film quality goes beyond Carrie's humilating moment of having pig's blood dumped on her by some bully pranksters during her senior prom.
The physical surroundings and the performance enhance the eerie theme. The house decorations enhance the good vs. evil aspect, going beyond the multiple crosses. They give the supernatural plot portions a deeper horror feel. Though all the actors performed their roles well, Spacek and Laurie stand out. Spacek expresses her tortures splendidly, giving audiences the powerful aspect. This is the film that placed her in much higher acting territory. Laurie's performance alone made the telekenesis theme more scary.
"Carrie" is a great film for those looking for a great horror classic. It's sure to please audiences for many more years. However, it's sequel "The Rage: Carrie 2", not based on a Stephen King novel, is not as great as the original though worth watching once.
Based on Stephen King's first novel, the film is in essence a character study revolving around a socially repressed high school student (Sissy Spacek) who is tormented at school by her uncaring peers and at home by a religiously fanatical mother (Piper Laurie). She soon discovers, however, that she has telekinetic powers; and when a horrible prank is pulled on her during the school's senior prom, those powers are unleashed with horrible and tragic results.
Brian De Palma's superb, Hitchcock-inspired direction mostly avoids the blood and gore until the bitter end; even the nightmarish prom scene is never explicit in its violence. But CARRIE really succeeds as both horror and drama because of Spacek's incredibly devastating performance in the title role. We sympathize with her situation, even as we shudder at the kind of horror she causes in the finale. Her performance got her nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 1976 and it can be argued quite convincingly that she should have won.
For those who appreciate horror with a certain amount of drama, not to mention heart, CARRIE is essential, classic viewing.
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