Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn’t make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her about her horrified reaction to her totally unexpected first period one of them takes pity on her and gets Tommy Ross, her boyfriend and class hunk to invite Carrie to the senior prom. Meanwhile another girl who has been banned from the prom for her continued aggressive behaviour is not as forgiving and plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn’t realise is that Carrie is … gifted, and you really don’t want to get her angry.


RJ Bayley
Carrie is slow burning, meaning the famous pig’s blood and fire ending has real visceral impact, with show stopping use of split screen to convey a sense of absolute carnage.
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Horror Honeys
Carrie is a classic for a reason: it was a gorgeous horror film that explored religious fanaticism, the repercussions of high school bullying before school shootings were common, female relationships, and the reality of being an outsider when all anyone is trying to do is fit in.
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Horror Express
And then comes... *that*. Even someone plucked from an Amazonian rain forest would still get the message well in advance. De Palma wants us to know. It's part of that ironic thing he's got going, in which we can simultaneously feel pleasure at Carrie's happiness and see the double-edged references to what's coming.
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