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  • Mar 2, 2009
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Stephen King's first novel that was adapted into film version is quite true to the author's words. While Stephen King was less than pleased with Stanley Kubrick's film version of his malevolent masterpiece, "The Shining", King was quite happy with Brian De Palma's direction and his vision with "Carrie" and with Sissy Spacek in her debut role as the freakish, shy and telekinetic Carrie White. Incidentally, little Sissy beat out Melanie Griffith and Carrie Fisher for the title role that launched her career.

The beautiful Piper Laurie is cast as the ravenous religious, stark-raving, bible beating, fanatical madwoman and Carrie's mother, Margaret White who chastises Carrie relentlessly and has a penchant for locking her daughter in the closet with a really creepy, crucified Jesus statue and candles so that Carrie may repent of her evil, sinful and womanly ways. Amy Irving as the well-to-do town doctor's daughter Sue Snell and Amy's real-life mom, Priscilla Pointer as the "cocktails at five socialite", Mrs. Snell. William Katt plays Tommy Ross who asks Carrie to The Bates High School Senior Prom, the butch, Betty Buckley as the ultimate in P.E. teachers from Hell, Miss Collins; Nancy Allen ,(Brian De Palma's wife) as the horribly cruel and self-absorbed, Chris Hargensen, John Travolta as the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Billy Nolan and P.J. Soles, the "whore" from Halloween as Chris' best friend and partner in crime, Norma Watson. Even a young Edie McClurg, (Grace from Ferris Buehler's Day Off and the car rental lady from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) has a bit part.

The real star here, however, is Brian De Palma's direction and the cinematography in "Carrie". The opening shower scene rivals "Psycho", the Senior Prom dance scene makes the viewer dizzy no matter how small a screen you watch it on, the split-screen King and Queen and ensuing bloodfest is masterfully directed and shot along with the dream sequence that was filmed backwards in the end. However, my favorite scene is where Margaret White is crucified a la "creepy Jesus statue" style, by her own daughter!

A Top 10 Horror Film In My Book!

Happy Watching and Unpleasant Dreams!

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May 28, 2009
Stephen King has never really done it for me, but De Palma definitely does save it!
May 28, 2009
The TV remake was done in 2002 and starred a wonderful Angela Bettis (May) and Patricia Clarkson as her mother. Worth checking out and it was a very decent remake even though you don't care for King. I love King's older stuff. Back when he was drugged up, stoned and/or drinking. His latest stuff, actually the last decade of his writing I am not so much a fan of...
May 28, 2009
He just never did it for me. I read a lot of the early stuff; CARRIE, SALEM'S LOT , THE SHINING. Saw all of the movies too. I did like his more mundane work like DOLORES CALIBORNE though, but his weird stuff always seemed to be rely on convenient things like a 10 year old kid who happens to have mastered Houdini's escape tricks. I did like the film version of THE MIST though even if it did have the one stock character of King's that I hated the most; the religious zealot. THE MIST had sort of a Lovecraftian flavor to it, I almost thought Cthulhu himself might appear at any moment. =)
May 10, 2009
This is by far the most frightening film I have ever seen. I can't even think about it without feeling a bit sick! You should check out @Creamtrumpet and his review on The Orphanage.
March 28, 2009
That's funny, I thought I'd heard Stephen King complain about this as well, which I assumed was the reason for the made-for-TV version.
May 28, 2009
Made for tv version? Was their one? I missed a lot working nights.
May 28, 2009
Yeah, it was quite good and really followed the book very closely.
July 03, 2009
Actually, Stephen King often compliments Carrie by Brian De Palma. King often says that he wish he'd thought of the ending where Sue Snell is having the dream.
April 12, 2010
But didn't he say that he felt that much of the characterization and the psychological horror had been replaced by visual horror, or something like that?
March 03, 2009
Carrie is one of my favorite horror films of all time! I never thought of it this way, but I agree with you, the real star IS Brian De Palma's directing and cinematography, especially the entire ending when Carrie goes on a major rampage!
March 02, 2009
I've never read the book but have seen the movie a few times. I had no idea King enjoyed the film version of the book, so maybe I'll pick up a copy and read it. Thanks for your perspective!
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review by . October 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     If there is something more to thank Stephen King for other than his brilliant horror novels, it would be the often equally as brilliant films that they inspire. Quite a few of King's novels have been turned into movies; and I'm sure he's not all that enthusiastic regarding at least half of them. Few truly gifted authors even are; controversially, King dislikes "The Shining" with a passion; and think of it, today, that's regarded as another fine Kubrick masterpiece, …
review by . July 14, 2010
The film version of Stephen King's classic horror novel, "Carrie," is beautiful in its humanization of the character and the way in which Sissy Spacek portrays the innocence of a young girl combined with the ability to kill people in large quantities.   However, it strays from the book in a few unfortunate ways.  The viewer misses the back-story of Carrie's mother while the reader discovers that she was essentially raped and Carrie is the child of that event.  …
review by . July 30, 2009
Carrie was Stephen King's first published novel (under his own name) and it would be the first in a long line of book-to-film adaptations. As long as Mr. King continues to right, someone will always try to adapt his novels or stories for either the silver or small screen. This film not only made King's career but it launched a plethora of knock-offs. While Brian De Palma can re-live the glory of making this over-hyped adaptation, it made stars out of "teen" actors Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, …
review by . June 14, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
CARRIE, Brian DePalma's masterpiece of horror, gets its well-deserved treatment in this new Special Edition DVD containing several featurettes as well as trailers and text screens.Young Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is a loner. She has no friends, and lives a life of fear and repression. Her Bible-thumping momma (Piper Laurie) also chooses to reject and abuse her. However, her pent-up anxiety causes her to get a form of telekineses, that lets her move things. At first she is frightened of this all-new …
review by . January 24, 2002
Pros: You'd be surprised what you can learn from a 'horror' movie     Cons: bloody and over the top, but needed     The Bottom Line: Hey, is that a Carrie standing next to you? Reach out and say HI     The Oracle says: Piper Laurie has a Bacon number of 2.    Piper Laurie was in Rich in Love (1992) with Kathryn Erbe    Kathryn Erbe was in Stir of Echoes (1999) with Kevin Bacon ***      Congratulations …
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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
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Director: Brian De Palma
Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 3, 1976
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: United Artists
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