Wow, it’s almost Halloween already! Well, in the spirit of Halloween, I was thinking of a nice classic to write about. Then I thought of the original Carrie (1976). I think most would agree that this is one of the scariest, and to some extent realistic horror movie ever made! This is the best movie Sissy Spacek ever made in her career in my opinion, and will ever be known for this movie. Tons and tons of stars, including John Trovolta, and Amy Irving, whom you may remember from Barbara Streisand’s “Yentl (1983),” and The Fury (1978).”We’ve had a few remakes after this, but none came close to being even half as good as the original. Now, although I hate giving out spoilers, but I will try to give as few as possible. However at this point, I think everybody under the sun has pretty much seen Carrie already. If you happen to be one of my younger readers who likes old movies, and you happened to be the last person on earth that didn’t see Carrie, you may want to skip today’s post if you absolutely don’t want spoilers.
Like “The Night Of The Living Dead,” after seeing Carrie so many times, I want to take a closer look as to what made this movie great! The movie had all the elements that make up the look and feel of what life was like in High School. Can’t have a movie of school life without bullies, a helpful and caring teacher, a boyfriend that feels sorry for you, and a crazy mother! LOLOL!! Well not quite as crazy as Carrie’s mother, but when your mom loves you, she’ll do crazy things to protect you. It just so happens that Carrie’s mom was a Looney Toones. Carrie tries to get through school in one piece and avoid the bullying, not realizing she had the power to destroy everyone with her mind. Well, that was until she got really pissed.
What I thought was interesting was the teacher, reason being, she literally took on the role of Carries mother. I also thought it was incredibly interesting, that they included a scene where Carrie never experienced her menstrual period before, and screamed bloody murder in the shower. I never known what was the real purpose of that? Was it to show she had so much stress that she reached puberty late? Or was that to give us a clue as to how batty her mother was in the movie? I don’t think I’ve seen or heard this from any other movie. I was really upset what happened to her teacher in the movie………… Keeping my mouth shut……… But anyways, she was the kind of teacher I wish I had growing up! Then you realize it’s just TV.
I think what said it all was Sissy’s eyes. Her eyes said it ALL. This was a look were you knew she just freak’n’ had enough, and went ape shit. I have never seen anyone look like this, I mean, I actually wondered whether or not she had prosthetic on or something. How was it possible that she was able to open her eyes wide open like that? She’s got that face when a straight woman confronts the woman her husband cheated with. LOLOL.. If she was still young, she could have been on that TV show called “Snapped.”
I’m sorry to say that, if there does exist someone who has the power of telekinesis at the level that Carrie had it, I can really understand someone being so effected by the bullying that she would lose all her humanity. When she started electrocuting (or actually frying) people, you can tell she didn’t give a f**k! Once the doors closed, and she blew out the regular light, then the emergency red lights came on, you knew sh*t was about to happen. But it wasn’t until I heard that dramatic base violin in the background, that I really got scared and said “oh sh*t” as a kid. What made it even worse, as a kid, anything with base, if loud enough, the floor would shake, and you got the look of Sissy wanting to kill all those MF at the prom.
She then walked down the stairs, as if she mentally told the fire to finish them off. She walked as if she controlled fire too! She didn’t care that she still had pig blood on her, she didn’t care people were screaming, she didn’t care who she killed, she was just had it with all those MF. Yet there was a sense when she walked down the stairs, it was as though she finally saw herself as pretty, and or worthy. Like after she damn near killed everyone at that point, she was satisfied. What really shocked me was when John Trovolta, and I think it was Nancy Allen, who tried to run over Carrie when she was walking in the street. That’s when I realized how evil her bullies were. Of course she gave it to them good. Imagine, they saw that something wasn’t right, they managed to get away, then turn around and try to kill Carrie, and got themselves killed for being so damn evil.
I have to end this post with Carrie’s mom, who was played by Piper Laurie. Oh my goodness! I don’t think I’ve EVER laughed so hard at a serious horror movie in my life! Piper was hilarious! She was truly coco for coco puffs! When Carrie used her powers/mind to through those knives at her mother as she launched toward her, I didn’t know whether she was in pain, or having an orgasm. Oh my goodness, it was funnnnnnnny! YET, it didn’t take away from the seriousness of the movie. Piper showed that she was indeed a crazy woman. How ironic is that? How Carrie turned out to be one of the most powerful young woman in the world, and her mother turns out to be a nut? If you’re looking for a great horror classic for Halloween, get Carrie from Netflix.