It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Carrie.
Pet Sematary hits cinemas next Thursday, so why not kick the weekend off with this King-sized classic from 1976.
Adding a bloody twist to the Cinderella story, Carrie is an intense and poignant coming-of-age tragedy in which the onset of puberty triggers telekinetic powers in bullied high school girl Carrie White (Sissy Spacek). Tormented by her peers and terrorised by her religious fanatic mother (Piper Laurie), Carrie finally gets her revenge, unleashing mayhem at the high school prom after being humiliated by a grisly prank. If only they knew she had the power!
The best screen adaptation of a Stephen King novel to date (and the first), Carrie consolidated director Brian De Palma’s position as a major Hollywood player and also kickstarted the careers of John Travolta, Betty Buckley and Nancy Allen.
Four reasons why Carrie rocks:
1. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie’s tour-de-force performances.
2. The masterful slow build to a bucket of blood.
3. “I can see your dirty pillows.”
4. The prom conflagration.
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.