29 August 2014

Carrie (1976)
98 min.
Directed by Brian De Palma.
With Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, P.J. Soles, William Katt, Priscilla Pointer, Sydney Lassick, Stefan Gierasch.
Powerful cut-rate modern horror classic from director De Palma based on the bestselling Stephen King novel.

Emotionally fragile, shy teenager Carrie White has some problems, to say the least. Taunted and tormented by her classmates and unable to fit in at school, Carrie finds no sympathy at home with her demented religious zealot mother (played to perfection by Laurie).

But Carrie has some unique mental powers, namely telekinesis. And when she begins to learn how to control these strange gifts...well, things begin to change. In Carrie's favor.

At least that's how it seems when handsome and popular Tommy Ross (Katt) asks Carrie to the prom. Prom, the most important night of the year. Has luck turned in Carrie's favor? Will school bullies Billy (Travolta) and Chris (Allen) finally give Carrie a reprieve? We'll see...

Excellent from beginning to end, thanks in no small part to genius direction, a wonderful storyline, and superb performances from Spacek & co. The prom retribution scene alone is a heartbreakingly poignant piece of filmmaking....*and* an unforgettable horror sequence (no small feat).

The whole effort is timeless, moving...and forever scary.

Buoyed by a terrific score courtesy of Pino Donaggio.

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