Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Written By: Lawrence D. Cohen
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 37 min
The moral of this story? Don’t pick on the school’s social outcast. Especially if she has telekinetic powers, and is a little mentally unstable after years of abuse from her religious fanatic mother. Sissy Spacek is perfect as Carrie, and Piper Laurie is properly scary as Carrie’s mother. While by today’s standards this really isn’t scary, and some of the set pieces may actually get an unintended laugh or two. It still has a creepy edge to it after all these years. Thanks in part to Brian De Palma’s penchant for slow steady panning shots and extreme deep focus photography. That and clearly ‘borrowing’ some key parts of the Psycho’s soundtrack!
I think if you ever felt like the outcast at high school, you’re really going to enjoy this. This doesn’t have any big scares so you can relax, and enjoy the sweet revenge played out by Carrie against her cruel peers.
Best viewing format:
The photography is really interesting, but not consistently so. Some scenes would be better enjoyed on a big screen so if it ever got a screening at your local theater you should try it out. A regular DVD or streaming show at home will be fine also.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
The prom destruction scene of course. The movies slow build up leads to this fantastic payoff as Carrie enacts her revenge on the school.