While it strayed pretty far from the novel by Stephen King,
this movie was still delightfully horrific and well-plotted.
Carrie (Sissie Spacek) is a high school girl who is constantly
teased and tormented by her classmates. In the opening scene,
she gets her first period in the girls' shower and her classmates
throw tampons at her. (Strangely, this supposedly traumatic
scene was actually kind of amusing.) Anyway, Carrie's classmates
are always mean to her, and her religious fanatic mother is
even worse. Carrie, fortunately, is not defenseless - she secretly
possesses telekinetic powers.
When a well-meaning classmate forces her boyfriend Tommy to
take Carrie to the prom, Carrie is reluctant to go, and her
mother is horrified at the prospect. Finally, Carrie defies
her mother and attends the prom, where she and Tommy are elected
prom King and Queen. And then another classmate's evil prank
sets Carrie off to go on a wild killing spree!
The acting by Sissie Spacek with terrifically believable; this
gloriously bloody film is completely captivating, and well worth
My rating : 4 stars
Rating : R