Movie Review: Carrie (1976)

Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta and Piper Laurie

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Carrie White is a shy recluse who struggles to make friends. Raised by her over bearing mother who is a crazed religious fanatic that has made Carrie the way she is. Carrie has the special gift of telekinesis and after being humiliated at her senior prom, she unleashes her anger upon those responsible.

Usually for movies that have remakes, it’s always the remake that gets compared to the original and as history has generally dictated, it’s usually the original that is better as the remake tends to do it a disservice. If you look at the remakes that have hit our screens over the years, particularly within the horror genre, we’ve seen A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, The Fog and The Omen amongst others, all of which aren’t able to match the quality of what came before, although Rob Zombie’s Halloween came the closest. With Carrie I’m doing it in reverse having seen the 2013 remake, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, while it was first released in the cinema to only now getting around to watching the original.

In all honesty I tried to not make this a comparison between the two movies but when we’re dealing with two versions of the same film it’s hard not to slip into that way of thinking. What I’m about to say is a very unpopular opinion but I actually preferred the remake over this. I preferred Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie over Sissy Spacek and although usually not the biggest fan of hers I much preferred Julianne Moore’s depiction of Carries crazed mother, Margaret White. Julianne Moore played that role so perfectly and was so greatly chilling and terrifying at times as the religious fanatic that Piper Laurie just doesn’t compare. While this version of Carrie wasn’t a bad film it just failed to live up to expectation considering it’s much adored compared to the remake that gets slated pretty hard.

What this movie did have going for it though was the end scene after Carrie gets the blood dropped on her was intense and was extremely well done. The acting from Sissy Spacek and the brutal death scenes were top notch and really improved my overall opinion of the film. Also the score throughout did a wonderful job of setting the scene and mood and helped keep me hooked while the story took a little lull. While Sissy Spacek was solid in her role I felt that William Katt as her prom date, Tommy Ross was equally as good. He was sweet and charming and was really well cast as he tries to give Carrie a small slice of normality in her crazy world as the weird outsider.

In conclusion, Carrie was a fairly decent movie but given the choice I’d watch the remake over this version for sure. The acting was pretty solid all round and the score was a great tool which was utilised to set the mood and atmosphere but at times there was a bit of a dip in quality, especially during the middle segment of the movie.


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