Carrie (1976)

Carrie (1976) movie poster

director Brian De Palma
viewed: 06/12/2016

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.


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