“Carrie isn't really that close to the book. It gets the main points right, but for the most part it strips away a lot of what made the book pace a little slow at times (the book …”
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The Best Stephen King Movies
Brian De Palma's commercial breakout, based on a novel by Stephen King that helped launch a whole slew of teen-based horror films.
Followed by the sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 and television remake.
Priscilla Pointer and Amy Irving are mother and daughter in real life.
Based upon Stephen King's first published novel.
Soundtrack was composed by Pino Donaggio.
The film was made into a Broadway musical that closed after 5 performances.
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.--Tom Keogh