[Film Review] Carrie (1976)

Title: Carrie
Year: 1976
Language: English
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: Lawrence D. Cohen
based on the novel of Stephen King
Music: Pino Donaggio
Cinematography: Mario Tosi
Sissy Spacek
Piper Laurie
Amy Irving
William Katt
John Travolta
Nancy Allen
Betty Buckley
P.J. Soles
Priscilla Pointer
Sydney Lassick
Rating: 8.1/10

Now this Stephen King’s horror classic has been confirmed for a remake which stars Chloë Grace Moretz and my diva Julianne Moore (highly likely to take on the role of the religion-maniac mother), both reinterpret two Oscar-nominated performances from Spacek and Laurie, with the juicy fodder, a belated Oscar finally seems to be approaching for my goddess (finger crossed). So it seems to be a properly perfect time for me to watch the original version for the very first time.

Brian De Palma, has been considered Hitchcock at his time by his devotees, the similarity is both haven’t received much awards-crammed recognition, but arguably De Palma is a lesser player as his oeuvre encompasses more run-of-the-mills, but CARRIE is by any standards not among them, and it could be his PSYCHO (1960) because De Palma shows off his artistry in a full-fledged sweep. For instance, there are many eye-dropping stunts: the opening credit, slow-motion of volleyball girl’s changing room until Carrie’s first bloody period running through her fingers; the multi-prisms perspective images after the blood splattering all over Carrie after a long-stewed happiness-hanging-by-a-thread preparation; the havoc of massacre at the prom is more supernaturally gratifying than scary.

The mother-daughter face-off and subsequent house caving into debris scenes may be attributed to produce a more crowd-please impression (despite of its low-budget SFX and the well-expected surprise at the coda), the film could hardly be pigeonholed as a horror-fest, as Carrie is ubiquitous in every school, every class, a bully-defying story has much more drama empathy even after 35 years after its debut, which could nicely explain the ground for a remake now.

Sissy Spacek is against the grain to portray a teenage girl due to her actual 27 years old age, the immense age difference is rarely perceivable if one doesn’t know it before and Ms. Spacek is on fire in it, renders an extraordinary transformation from vulnerability to malice. Piper Laurie as well doesn’t betray her Oscar nomination to give birth to a conflicting mother role which is hauntingly unforgettable. All in all, thanks to Stephen King’s story to surmount many genre cliches and continue to stagger us with the rosy remake in 2013.

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