Review – ‘Carrie’ (1976)

Carrie (2013)

Carrie (1976)

In preparation for the new re-imaging of Carrie (2013), I decided to watched and review the original ‘Carrie’ (1976).  Carrie is a coming of age film. A horrific coming of age film.  Sissy Spacek portrays Carrie White, a teenager, who has been sheltered from the world from her over bearing and religiously zealot mother, Piper Laurie.

Carrie and her mother praying for her sins.

Carrie and her mother praying for her sins.

Directed by Brian De Palma, Carrie White is innocent as her last name suggests. The film starts with Carrie discovering her womanhood while hitting the showers at the high school gym. Confused and terrified, Carrie is taunted and ridiculed by her classmates with tampons being thrown at her as they all chat, “Plug it up! Plug it up!”  The lights shatter and the bullying stops.

Carrie horrified in the locker room.

Carrie horrified in the locker room.

Carrie is aware that she is changing. Something inside her is wanting out and she does not know if she will be able to control it once unleashed.  She discovers that she can manipulate objects with her mind, small objects at first.

Prom is coming up and Carrie is asked by the most popular boy in school to be his date at the behest of his girlfriend Sue (Amy Irving).  Sue and Tommy are only trying to help Carrie so she relents after his persistence.  Carrie’s mother forbids her to go to the prom and demands she prays for forgiveness for the sins of the flesh.  Carrie, with her new found abilities, will not let anyone stop her from going to the prom and getting what she wants but can she control herself?

Sue played by Amy Irving

Sue played by Amy Irving

Tommy asking Carrie to the Prom

Tommy asking Carrie to the Prom

De Palma, uses Carrie as an analogy of puberty.  The chaotic and painful time is expressed in Carrie’s abilities and how emotions run wild in youth and at times can be deadly.

Can Carrie control herself?

Can Carrie control herself?

I give carried Full Sequence Cinempede.

 

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