FILM: Carrie (1976)

Plot Summary: Classic horror of two kinds. The first is believable: ostracization and humiliation of a classmate (Sissy Spacek) by high-school seniors who have in this respect formed themselves into a mob. The classmate’s telekinetic response is less believable but even more horrific, and it appeals deliciously to the common human hunger for revenge. Rent the original, not the 2002 remake. FILMS ABOUT GANGING UP

Credits: Director: Brian De Palma; Writers: Stephen King (novel), Lawrence D. Cohen; Cast: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving Carrie (1976)

Accomplishments: 1976 Oscar Best Actress Nomination in a Leading Role – Sissy Spacek; 1976 Oscar Best Actress Nomination in a Supporting Role – Piper Laurie; 1976 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Golden Scroll Best Horror Film; 1977 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Grand Prize Brian De Palma; 1977 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival Special Mention Sissy Spacek For the acting; 1976 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture Nomination – Lawrence D. Cohen; 1976 Golden Globes Best Motion Picture Actress Nomination in a Supporting Role – Piper Laurie; 1976 Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Nomination – Sissy Spacek; 1976 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress – Sissy Spacek Awards for Carrie (1976)

Film Review: Carrie is an unusual member of the horror film genre for one simple reason – it finds time for a believable script amongst all of the gore. Carrie is in many ways a typical gawky teenager, confused by the hormone-induced changes occurring and unsure of her position in the great scheme of things. However, she is also lumbered with two unusual features; a raving, obsessed mother and a latent telekinetic ability. With these, Carrie is walking a knife-edge, vulnerable to criticism yet capable of inflicting fatal retribution on those who upset her. Thus, by restricting the pace, the story gradually builds, incorporating many small actions into a larger, relentless whole. As the half-way mark passes, there are hints that all is not right. Unfortunately, by then, it’s too late. Carrie (1976)

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