Meet Carrie White, a timid, reticent teenage girl that doesn’t quite fit in. The other girls bully her and all the boys ignore her. But what know one knows is that Carrie has powers. Seriously, it’s true. Carrie can move things with her mind. It’s a secret, and know one can know. Especially momma!
The 1976 film Carrie, was directed by Brian De Palma and stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and in his first cinematic appearance; a young John Travolta. Based upon a Stephen King classic, Carrie is one of the best King film adaptations. The story is a sad tail of an innocent young girl made bad. Carrie is abused from everyone in her life. The girls at school constantly mock her. Her mother is a terrible person that has gone crazy and sort of made her own form of Christianity. She throws Carrie into a closet to pray when she deems her sinful.
As much as Carrie is a horror story, it is equally a tragedy. I always thought the title should have been “The Tragedy of Carrie White.” Carrie is the victim in this movie. She’s an innocent girl that keeps to herself and she does love her mother (by default). But Carrie White goes evil. Maybe “evil” isn’t the right word. I guess she goes “blind with insanity.” Whatever it is, is only due to the tremendous amounts of abuse she takes in her life. From the real monsters, like her peers and especially from her insane mother.
Carrie is a good story and one I think could rip at your heart. Despite the infamous scene of bloodshed, Carrie has deep underlining meaning to the film. Which is why that scene is also in the last half hour of the film. The entire beginning let’s us into this life of this poor child. It establishes the idea that Carrie is not an evil monster. The movie has an innocent vibe to it because that’s what Carrie truly is, innocent. She is very carrying, just ignorant in being an actual person. She reveals that she is beautiful and because of her solitude life she actually appreciates the little things most take for granted.
When the dance scene does happen; you’re torn. On one end, you’ve been connected to this person. You’ve walked the mile in her shoes and boy is it terrible. You want her to succeed yet at the same time you don’t like seeing people killed. I find myself routing for her. Like she was the runner with the broken leg but refuses to stop.
I couldn’t also stop making a connection with poor Carrie White and Jack Torrance from The Shining. Both were special people with “powers.” Yet both suffered from a society trying to keep them down and both eventually would suffer for that. It’s like Stephen King constantly wants to push the idea that suppressing someone’s true character is inevitably dangerous.
Carrie is a film that is widely popular. I think channels like AMC will play it over and over again through the month of October. Everyone knows this film. The entire scene where Carrie is doused with pigs blood and goes berserk is infamous.
I know there was a 2013 remake of the film. Also, some sequel with her cousin or something? The remake is ok, just not believable. I think Chloe Grace Moretz is a naturally beautiful actress so I didn’t really see the Carrie from the book. Although the ’76 version didn’t nail the image either. King wrote the character to be a short frog-like girl. With unattended hair and a bad case of acne all over her body. But the ’76 version comes the closest. Either way, it’s a great film with a lot of heart filled with sadness. But at the same time it will freak you out.