1976, Movie, R, 97 mins


A telekinetic revenge. De Palma's first big hit remains one of his best efforts to date and a landmark film for the horror genre. Spacek, in a stunning performance, stars as Carrie, a troubled, sexually repressed high schooler who slowly realizes that she possesses incredible telekinetic powers. Plagued with problems in school (she feels homely, and nobody likes her) and at home (her mother, Laurie--whose performance is delightfully over the top--is a religious fanatic who hates men and makes her daughter pray in a closet), she struggles to maintain her dignity and sanity. She's finally driven over the edge when cruel classmates conspire to elect her prom queen in an elaborate joke designed to embarrass her.

Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel and cleverly designed to target a teenage audience, CARRIE was the synthesis of De Palma's talent for intense, stylish, visual filmmaking. His techniques--elaborate compositions, daring camera moves, and slow motion--combined with a fairly literate screenplay, make for an interesting and frightening film that successfully deals with the inner rage every teenager feels. The film has a strikingly unsettling mood that enhances its power and gives it an impact that the story would otherwise lack. Much of the credit, though, must go to Spacek, who so convincingly portrays Carrie's pain and her longing for acceptance. The talented ensemble inludes Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, and John Travolta. leave a comment

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