director Brian De Palma
This movie is pretty amazing. Brian De Palma’s best?
Sissy Spacek is fantastic as the shrinking violet outcast turned avenging angel. The whole cast is great really and what a cast: Piper Laurie of course, Nancy Allen, Travolta, Amy Irving, William Katt, P.J. Soles,…and Edie McClurg! Edie McClurg as a teenager!
Say what you will about De Palma’s derivative aesthetics but Jesus, it’s a beautiful movie, from the tracking shots, the split screen, that spinning dance number, the gloriously colorful prom pre-destruction, it’s tremendously gorgeous. And the loose and pre-P.C. portrayal of the nastiness of high schoolers.
At 40, it’s as good as ever.
I watched it this time with my daughter, who watched part of the 2013 re-make and was interested. Talking about the differences, explaining how long ago this version was made, she commented how nobody had cellphones.