Monday, June 21, 2010
This is a masterpiece of horror and pathos written by none other than Stephen King.
It tells the story of Carrie White, a shy friendless girl who suffers brutally at the hands of bullies.
Carrie is played by Cissy Spacek who is superb. Her mother is played brilliantly by Piper Laurie.
Carrie and her mother, an overly religious nutcase, live alone--cut off from the world it seems. This is a deliberate choice on the part of the mother as she is able to exert more control over Carrie.
There is a complication though. When Carrie gets upset she finds she has the ability to move things with her mind (telekinesis).
Her mother considers it to be a gift of the devil and calls Carrie a witch.
The bullying at school is relentless. Her teacher finally has had enough and is determined to see that Carrie's persecutors are punished and punished severely.
When their leader is banned from the prom, she cooks up a pretty horrific plot to get back at Carrie.
The scene at the prom is probably the most famous or infamous segments in the film.
Here you go: the prom and the aftermath!
I think this is one of the most effective scenes in a horror film (or any film) ever.
And I couldn't leave you without this scene toward the end, when Carrie's mother decides what Carrie's fate should be:
The film was directed by Brian de Palma and is an absolute classic, pass the popcorn!