put upon teenage girl named Carrie White
(Sissy Spacek), who is telekinetic, is
constantly being tormented by her
classmates mainly by Chris Hargenson
(Nancy Allen) and Norma Watson (P.J.
She is also abused by her intimidating
religious fanatical mother Margaret
one day after gym class Carrie takes a
shower after the other girls are finished
and has her first period but thinks it's
blood. She freaks out and the girls throw
tampons at her yelling "Plug it
Later she is sent home after her gym
teacher Miss Collins tells her about
girls and their periods.
Margaret thinks she sinned and locks her
in a closet to pray for forgiveness as a
crucifix and candles are there.
next day the girls at gym have a weeks
detention with Miss Collins giving them
push up, sit ups and other exercises for
45 minutes if they want to go to the
prom. Chris leaves detention so she is
obviously not going to it.
One of Chris' friends named Sue Snell
(Amy Irving) asks her boyfriend Tommy
Ross (William Katt) to take Carrie to the
prom to try and make Carrie a part of
Chris manipulates her punk boyfriend
Billy Nolan (John Travolta) to plan a
nasty trick on Carrie at the prom so he
slaughters a pig at a slaughterhouse.
He puts the blood in a bucket and then
places it with a rope in the gymnasium
where the prom takes place at the stage
area where the winners of the prom night
as kind and queen stand to have their pic
Chris gets her friend Norma and Freddy
(Michael Talbott) to help out with the
vouchers as they have a bunch of their
own and voted for Carrie and Tommy to win
while Chris and Billy is beneath the
stage waiting for them to win so they can
dump the blood on her and Carrie can be
all don't realise that Carrie is
telekinetic and also don't realise how
dangerous she can be but they're in for a
big surprise when the time happens.
The film starts off nicely with the girls outside playing volleyball during their higschool gymnasium and then focuses on Carrie White in which you know she won't be able to hit the ball. Then nice moments on the girls mocking her and getting angry at her leaving it a nice start to the story on a put upon misfit and an excuse for the girls to be mean to her too.
Then they all shower after a big sweat in which this may get a rouse out of the guys watching this plus it shows the opening credits when this is happening along with alot of steam coming out of the showers. While we watch Carrie is alone showering herself kneeling down while doing this while most of the other girls are pretty much dressed up and about to start their next class. This was nicely put in since no one will be there to tornment her either as it also shows this in Stephen King's novel as the ugly duckling with the beautiful swans.
Then as we expect this Carrie has her period for the first time and freaks out thinking that she's bleeding to death in which this will be another excuse for the girls to be mean to her as they all throw tampons at her. This looked quite disturbing to watch with all this happening along with a first look at her telekinetic powers when the gym teacher Ms. Collins tries to smack her out of it and the lightbulb above smashes out. Defientely a nice jumper here.
There's more good telekinetic moments when Carrie acts like a basket case in the principal's office and she stares at an ash tray and the principal says her name wrong when he talks nicely to her telling her to go home early as well as Ms. Collins letting her be dismissed for a week in gymnasium which is another nice pointer since she hated going there in the first place. The telekinetic moment happens nicely when she cries out her name to the principal Mr. Morton when he keeps making a mistake by it flipping and smashing to the floor. Nice effects here for it's time and we all expect that this was about to happen.
Then we spot the real dysfunctional moments when Mrs. White recevies a phone call from the school and then smacks Carrie across the face with a big regilious book manipulating her to cal out her sins like it says in the book when Carrie tries to talk to her as this looked strongly done with what was said in here as well as Momma being abusive by dragging poor Carrie into the closet and locking her in there. When I first spotted this I was thinking that something was seriously wrong here and boy was Momma ever intimidating. All of this was done in a great intensive fashion.
The next day seemed interesting as one of the teachers
was reading a poem that Tommy Ross wrote for the class and Carrie speaks out that the poem is beautiful and the teacher mocks what she says. Yet this seemed to be nicely put in as a step for a knowledge that Carrie likes this popular boy.
Then it's gym class as Ms. Collins calls out to see who has attended as this was one of my favourites when she tells them to line up and scolds them on what they did to poor Carrie which is nice to watch to anyone who had a hard time with bullying students especially when she tells them her idea of a punishment for the nasty deed was 3 days suspension and refusal to their prom tickets in which this is any students worst punishment not being able to celebrate their graduation. Then telling them the office has decided to give them a weeks detention but the worst one which is her detention by making them do heavy duty exercises until they are run ragged. I just loved that idea to teach any jerk a lesson on what happens when they go too far.
The excersises with the girls looked funky and fit for it's time with their gym uniforms and tight shorts while Ms. Collins instructs them and of course we see a tomboy named Norma slacking off a bit and Ms. Collins on her about it in which this all looked exciting to watch.
But I love a part when the main bully Chris Hargenson quits and nearly tells Ms. Collins off but she smacks her for doing this since we all hope for a teacher to do this to someone who badly tormented us back in school which was one of my favourite moments and done in great taste too. This teacher rocked and showing how strict she can be if no one follows her rules and acting as tough as nails.
We also spot Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan cruising in their car as well as Chris acting like a bitch to him by calling him a stupid shit which is a nice one liner for a dysfunctional couple between stuck up pretty girl and a punk highschool dropout along with a moment when he smacks her and getting aggressive towards her which also looked interesting to watch for being such a little brat. Then there';s a sleazy moment with her towards him in a car wanting him to do a favor for her which starts off the story on the pranks about to be pulled on Carrie at the prom. Alot of adult situations are spotted here which looked well done.
Another good scene is when Ms. Collins gives Carrie some encouragement after moping around when the popular school boy Tommy asks her out to the prom thinking that he's trying to trick her again and Ms. Collins tells her that maybe this time he really meant it. Nice writing here making you think of times you liked someone but they showed no interest until then and someone smart and decent giving them some advice.
Then the next scene looks very interesting when Ms. Collins speaks sternly towards Tommy and Sue about it all trying to protect poor Carrie and Sue convincing her that they're trying to help Carrie become a part of things which seemed realistic on what was happening here. Also the mean tomboy Norma entering to give Ms. Collins the attendance sheet and eavesdropping on what's going on in which this was a nice key to the story for some highschool gossip as well as the nasty plan for that prank at the prom.
Some nice one liners with Billy and his friends going to a farm ready to slaughter a pig with nasty sarcastic one liners that's perfectly put in for teenage delinquents doing something illegal as this looked realistic to watch. What I can't understand is why Chris came along as a pretty girl normally doesn't go and watch something gross like this. Also she gets excited when Billy whacks a pig with a mallet in which I found even more twisted but I was guessing that she was looking forward to the prank at the prom with what was planned.
What also looked nicely written in is when Carrie and Margaret are at a table and this time Momma seems to be pleasant towards her until she tells her that she was invited to the prom and she accepted in which things really turn around big time. I enjoyed Carrie's lines telling her that Tommy is a nice boy and then Margaret goes into a religious nasty chant about boy's. Man I was thinking that woman is whacked totally. Plus it was good to see Carrie finally getting wicked after she reveals her telekinetic powers telling her Momma that she's going to the prom and can't be stopped which is a good liner for a psychological horror story.
There's a bit of a screw up in the scene's as there's Norma and Helen after school getting their hair done when they tell the rumor about Tommy taking Carrie to the prom and then after that Norma is at the gymnasium talking to Chris while people prepare for the prom as she is not dressed up at all.
What is good and realistic is when Carrie gets dressed up for the prom and Momma poisons her mind that Tommy isn't going to show up which is a terrible thing to say when you're nervous hoping that they will show up as promised to. Nice moments with Carrie getting intense with her using her powers to slam Momma on a bed when she gets in the way to try and stop her. It works well for the film.
The prom looked funky with a performer singing funky type of music suitable for the time it was released in which people who enjoy the 70's will get a kick out of this as well as the dance hall looking spectacular along with nice one liners on Tommy being charming towards Carrie at their table.
More good writing with Norma and Freddy setting up the brocures to make sure Carrie wins and notifying Chris and Billy below the stage as to when it will happen.
Also when the bucket of blood is on the top ready to dump on Carrie you almost wonder if this prank will backfire hoping that Carrie will be safe. Of course the prank goes through which is disturbing to watch suddenly watching her be overly happy and then going berserk. What was perfectly put in was her hallucination when she spots everyone laughing at her as well as remembering what her Momma told her that They're all gonna luagh at her. The horror unleashing with her telekinetic powers looked incredibly suspsenseful and intense with all that happened at the prom. Great effects here.
Bottom line is that this is no doubt
the best horror film in my books.
Everything about this film is excellent. It's a realistic look at a highschool
lifestyle on kids picking on a person who
doesn't belong in their crowd.
It is quite disturbing watching it the
first time if you were ever put upon in
highschool but that's what makes these
films so great as it's so real. The story and scene for this looked clever and realistic going on when scolded by a teacher showing her strict attitude.
Also, it gives you a wonderful
imagination of seeking revenge on your
bullies by using telekinetic powers to do
them all away after all the years of
being tormented in school too.
The Stephen King novel is just
as excellent and the first movie based
after his novel! No doubt the film is a classic especially for teenagers too!
The acting is
superb! Sissy Spacek (Carrie White) is great in
her role as the shy misfit teen and she's
believable by acting out of place and acting tense too plus she was nominated for an
award. She knew how to portray someone
greatly disturbed and her intensity also
came to life whenever something terrible
happened to her. She also does well acting full of life at the prom proving to be very versatile in her role like she always has in other shows that I've seen her in. A gifted actress that she is.
Piper Laurie (Margaret White) was the scariest
character out of them all as the abusive
religious fanatical mother of Carrie's.
She does a very powerful performance with
her timing and everything else. She was believeable with her aggressions and dominating behavior coming across as a perfect nutcase. She has a great southern accent in her performance too which sounded good and strong whenever she speaks.
Amy Irving (Sue Snell) really shows a perfect serious attitude in her role as someone who is strong minded as well as really coming across greatly with a genuine type of behavior. She was believeable too as someone who acts smart and mature in her role. I found her to be a good character actress and wasn't surprising that she carried on with her acting career but I will always remember her performance with this role.
Nancy Allen (Chris Hargenson) is convincing as a
school bully named Chris and she was
married to the director. Her role as
Chris does make you want to slap her like
the gym teacher did to her for her nasty
deeds on poor Carrie as well as how she
mistreats her boyfriend with her whiney
attitude as she reminds me of alot of
troublemaking girls that I went to school
with. One of the best actresses in this film without a doubt and lived to play this character.
I clearly remember watching William
Katt (Tommy Ross) in the cheesy super hero spoof The
Greatest American Hero and I
liked his character the
best cause he is the nice guy taking
Carrie to the prom. He really makes his part
extremely believeable. He shows a good charm to his role and knew on how to portray someone with his humoress behavior like a popular jock in school.
We of course can't forget about Betty
Buckley (Ms. Collins) who was the tough as nails
strict gym teacher who whips
her students in shape with her detention
draining out every energy they put into
the other day when they threw tampons at
Carrie while Carrie herself was freaking
out over her first period drawing out a ton of energy and great characteristics while doing all of this. Very believeable by what she does here. She was
another favourite of mine as boy is she
marvellous with her character being very
protective around Carrie.
This was also John Travolta's (Billy Nolan) first
major supporting role as a nasty
delinquent while he was a teen idol in
the TV sitcom Welcome Back Kotter
as Barbarino and he also cut some solo
albums too during this time. Well his character as the tough
Barbarino helped him get work in films
like this but his character in this one
was way more of a heavy type as Barbarino
was a good guy, Nolan however was a bad
dude who gets what he deserves in the end
for pulling a mean trick on poor Carrie.
His aggression in the movie and being the
typical punk is very good for it's time. He shows great energy within what he did here.
P.J. Soles (Norma Watson) is quite good too as
the tomboy Norma and was a cult item in
other films like the totally annoying
Linda in Halloween. She
stood out greatly as one of Carrie's
tormentors big time. She shows it off well as a smart aleck showing alot of spunk into her role. She really got into what she did here in which it shows and should feel rewarded.
Michael Talbott (Freddy) drew a good burly type of appeal in his supporting role as another teenage troublemaker in which he shows a great sarcastic attitude as one of those typical asshole types. He just draws across as one of those types who likes to clown around in a bad way. I had to mention him since I will always remember what he did in his performance even if it wasn't huge.
There is nudity
during the opening of the film when girls
are taking showers especially with
Sissy Spacek and Nancy Allen.
Sissy is also nude when she takes a
bath to clean off the pig's blood after
that terrible incident at the prom.
The directing by Brian
DePalma is terrifically good like
the acting and realistic as there's
plenty to talk about on his work but I
will try not to give too much away..
He has good shots of the girls playing
volleyball during the opening as it
focuses on the whole cast and then it
zooms down to Sissy Spacek as
she was supposed to have hit the ball and
of course doesn't. The girl cast really
react nasty to her very well along with a
good shot on P.J. Soles whacking
her with her cap and then Nancy Allen
walking up to her insulting her
vulgarly. DePalma gives the film
a good start with all of this as to know
what to expect which is about highschool
bullying on a misfit.
There are good shots during the opening
credits in a change room and a nice shot
on Spacek washing herself and
then putting her hand near her crotch
with soap and discovering what she thinks
is blood as she had her period and really
was great running towards Allen
and Amy Irving freaking out. Of
course we have great close up shots on
Allen and Soles taunting her as well as
Irving opening up a tampon box and
throwing stuff at her with other great
shots on the girl cast screaming PLUG IT
Spacek looked great crawling to a corner
of the shower while this is all happening
and Betty Buckley coming in and
trying to shake sense into her and Spacek
is still screaming and crying. Buckley
showed good sympathy later on making her
action believeable too.
as well as them doing aerobics during
their detention plus the footage at the
prom is very suspenseful.
There's a nice camera looking up at Spacek
with her head pouting down at an ashtray
in the principal's office as it shows
that she's in a different thinking zone
while it shows Stefan Gierasch
and Betty Buckley talking
to her and a great outburst from Spacek
when she tries to correct Gierasch that
her name is Carrie and not Cassie and she
shows nice upsetting emotions and a good
shot on the ashtray spinning and crashing
to the ground.
There is a perfect and still shot on Piper
Laurie picking up the phone to
answer it and later on really showed what
she got by slapping a big bible at Spacek
making her fall to the ground and
really acted intense when she forces her
to say what she said and then dragging
her to a closet. Spacek really
was screaming bloody murder when she is
being dragged which makes it look well
done and disturbing.
A nice shot on Spacek almost
crying staring at her bedroom mirror and
the mirror breaks.
A perfect look on William Katt
in a classroom with Spacek two desks
behind him looking at her paper and
expressing how she liked his poem.
Supporting actor Sydney Lassick
really knew how to act mocking about this
and Katt showed a nice disgusting look.
Buckley looked great calling out her
students name in the gymnasium for their
presence, really scolded them well about
what they did to poor Carrie and told
them their punishment which came across
Excellent camera shots on the girls doing
workouts on the athletic field with Buckley
being strict about it. She really belted
it out towards Allen by slapping her
across the face and acting tough with her
while Allen was crying and
acting aggressive with her which
DePalma definetely makes the viewer
feel good about teaching a bully a
More good shots on Allen riding
in a car with John Travolta grooving
to some music and then later on they show
a good, twisted and dysfunctional
dialogue together. Travolta really
knew how to act psysically abusive to her
when she curses to him and a good sleazy
shot with Allen towards him
later on too.
I loved the dialogue with Buckley
towards Spacek when Spacek
acts mopey thinking that she is being
tricked about being invited to the prom
and Buckley tried to cheer her
up on not being so hard on herself as the
two had great chemistry with this scene.
Another perfect moment was when Buckley
was scolding both Katt and
Irving for her fear that Carrie will
get hurt by this.
There were terrific shots at a
slaughterhouse farm that involved Travolta
slaughtering a pig with a sledge hammer.
Laurie knew how to act crezy again
at the dinner table with Spacek
after being told that she is invited to
the prom making out that it's a sin. Good
shots on windows shutting by themselves
and Spacek almost acts wicked
about all of this later on telloing her
that she is going to the prom regardless
which is a real change on Spacek's
Spacek really had great lung power
that prom night towards Laurie when she
is getting ready to go demanding her to
sit down and to be quiet and the
telekinetic force looked good when
Laurie fell on her bed.
The setting at the prom looked great and
very 70's like with a groovy band
There's a nice and touching dialogue
between Buckley and Spacek at
the prom as it looked like a great and
We see a perfect shot of the camera on Katt
and Spacek slow dancing as
it shows them spinning around and good
dialogue of them talking too.
A perfect shot on Laurie at home
in the kitchen chopping up a carrot
making it look deadly.
A great shot on the bucket of blood ready
to be dumped too when both katt and Spacek
are on the stage after winning the
nomination for prom king and queen.
Another good shot on Allen holding the
rope beneath looking very nervous.
Then DePalma really twists things around
after the prank happens as you hear
nothing but silence and in slow motion
the bucket hits Katts head and he slowly
falls to the ground which looked great.
Nice close up shots on people laughing
and Spacek freaking out then she
really showed a nice pose of her being
frozen and expressionless with her eyes
growing wide when her powers are being
Real disturbing shots on people being
killed at the gymnasium as well as it
being caught on fire.
Great slow motion shot on the school
doors opening while the school is on fire
and Spacek walking out.
Classic shots on the house with candles
all lit and Spacek noticing all
of this too.
The most shocking part is
during the dream sequence when Carrie's
bloody hand from the ground grabs
Irving's arm which will make anyone
jump but I won't say what happened before
this as it's a spoiler as I fear I may
have given a bit away here but this was
worth reviewing for such a terrific
effort on DePalma's behalf.
The music was done by Dino
Donaggio which he composed music for
tons of other shows too.
I liked his disco type music during the
scene where Tommy Ross and his friends go
to a place to rent a tuxedo for the prom.
There is also songtracks by film producer
Merrit Malloy which sounds very
bubblegumish buut suitabvle for a 70's
teen flick like this.
Hargenson: You eat shit!
White: I'm here on the Lord's work,
Mrs. Snell; spreadin' the gospel of God's
salvation through Christ's blood!
Mrs. Snell: Yes, of course...
White: These are godless times, Mrs.
Mrs. Snell: I'll drink to that.
White: And the raven was called
sin... Say it. The raven was called sin.
Carrie White: Why didn't you tell
Margaret White: Say it.
Carrie White: No.
Margaret White: The raven was
Carrie White: No momma... And the
raven was called sin.
White: Eve was weak. Eve was weak.
Collins: [to girls] Now, my
idea for this little trick you pulled was
three days' suspension and refusal of
your prom tickets.
[The girls gasp]
Norma: [in disbelief] What?
Miss Collins: That'd get you where
you live, wouldn't it? And you deserve
it. I don't think any of you have any
idea of just how nasty what you did
really was. But the office has decided
you're to have one week's detention.
[The girls sigh with relief]
Miss Collins: Still, there's one
little catch. It's to be my detention.
[The girls are once again perturbed]
Miss Collins: That's fifty minutes
every day starting today in the athletic
field. Get the picture?
Chris Hargenson: I'm not coming.
Miss Collins: That's up to you,
Chris. That's up to all of you.
Punishment for skipping detention is
three days' suspension and refusal of
your prom tickets. Any other thoughts?
Good. Now change up.
[the girls proceed begrudgingly]
Chris Hargenson: Where are you
Norma: Come on.
Chris Hargenson: I'm not coming.
Norma: You're really not gonna
come? You're gonna miss out on the prom?
Chris Hargenson: I'm not coming.
Norma: Well, I'm not gonna miss
Chris Hargenson: Fuck.
Hargenson: She can't get away with
this. I'm gonna get her.
Sue Snell: Let it go, Chris.
Chris Hargenson: Like Hell, I
Collins: The period's not up,
Chris Hargenson: It is for me.
Miss Collins: [to the other
girls] Keep running!
Miss Collins: Well, there are ten
Chris Hargenson: Stick 'em up
[Miss Collins slaps her]
Chris Hargenson: You can't hit us!
You'll get canned for this, you bitch!
Miss Collins: One more word out of
you, and I'm gonna knock you down! Do you
Chris Hargenson: She can't get
away with this if we all stick together!
Norma? Helen? Sue!
Sue Snell: Shut up, Chris. Just
Chris Hargenson: This isn't over.
This isn't over by a long shot!
Miss Collins: You're out of the
prom, Hargenson. Okay, the show's over.
In place. Run! One, two. One, two. One
Collins: Carrie? Carrie. Carrie,
what's the matter? What happened?
Carrie White: Nothing.
Miss Collins: Was it one of the
girls? Did one of the girls do something
Carrie White: No.
Miss Collins: What is it, then?
You can trust me, you know that? Would
you tell me?
Carrie White: I got invited to the
Miss Collins: That's great! That's
fantastic! So what are you down here
moping around for?
Carrie White: Tommy Ross asked me.
Miss Collins: That's even better.
He's really cute, huh?
Carrie White: I know who he goes
around with. They're just trying to trick
me again. I know.
White: Carrie, you haven't touched
your apple cake.
Carrie White: It gives me pimples,
Margaret White: Pimples are the
Lord's way of chastising you.
White: Witch. Got Satan's Power.
Carrie White: It has nothing to do
with Satan, Mama. It's me. Me. If I
concentrate hard enough, I can move
White: [Referring to Carrie's
prom gown] Red. I might have known it
would be red.
Carrie: It's pink, Mama.
Carrie: Look what Tommy gave me, Mama.
Aren't they beautiful?
Margaret White: I can see your dirty
pillows. Everyone will.
Carrie: Breasts, Mama. They're called
breasts, and every woman has them.
White: There're all gonna laugh
Tommy Ross: Yeah?
Carrie White: Why?
Tommy Ross: Why what?
Carrie White: Why am I here?
Tommy Ross: Because it's the prom.
Carrie White: Why am I here with
Tommy Ross: Because I asked you.
Carrie White: Why'd you ask me?
Tommy Ross: Because I wanted to.
Carrie White: Why'd you want to?
Tommy Ross: Because you liked my
poem. Only I didn't write it. Somebody
Tommy Ross: Oh.
Nolan: That Carrie White, she sure is
Chris Hargenson: Shut up.
Billy Nolan: I thought you said
they were gonna win.
Chris Hargenson: They will. It
won't even be close. I called in a few
White: It was bad, Mama. They laughed
White: I should've killed myself when
he put it in me. After the first time,
before we were married, Ralph promised
never again. He promised, and I believed
him. But sin never dies. Sin never dies.
At first, it was all right. We lived
sinlessly. We slept in the same bed, but
we never did it. And then, that night, I
saw him looking down at me that way. We
got down on our knees to pray for
strength. I smelled the whiskey on his
breath. Then he took me. He took me, with
the stink of filthy roadhouse whiskey on
his breath, and I liked it. I liked it!
With all that dirty touching of his hands
all over me. I should've given you to God
when you were born, but I was weak and
backsliding, and now the devil has come
home. We'll pray.
Margaret White: We'll pray. We'll
pray. We'll pray for the last time. We'll