Carrie movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This classic supernatural Stephen King horror adaptation may be slightly terrifying, but is a brilliant superpowers horror film. Carrie is thrilling, anticipating and entertaining, but is not for kids.


Carrie White is a fragile teenage girl who discovers that she possesses telekinetic powers. On the night of her prom, she puts her powers to use when she is humiliated after a cruel prank.

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Movie details

Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Sissy Spacek, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, P.J. Soles, 
Writer: Lawrence D. Cohen
Release Date (Australia): 17 March 1977
Runtime: 98 minutes/1h 38m
Genre: Horror, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (R18+)

Thematic material includes death inflicted with the use of supernatural powers by a teenage girl, who is bullied by her classmates and abused by her mother. There are also scenes in which a teenage girl menstruates in a school bathroom and teenagers implicitly kill a pig.

Violence (MA15+)

A character uses supernatural powers to cause several knives to impale another character, accompanied by blood detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes use of the words “s**t”, “bitch”, “ass”, “hell” and “f**k”.

Nudity (M)

The film includes female full frontal and buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

The film includes a scene in which a man and woman kiss passionately before implicitly engaging in oral sex.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s especially the grim peak of anticipating tension, phenomenal soundtrack and the bloodily amazing execution that places Carrie within the lead of 70s horror movies. This extremely well-thought, well-designed and well-made adaptation of the Stephen King novel is dark, moving, original and effective.

The film begins with the confronting depictions of horrible teenage bullying, and eventually lands at the home setting where Sissy Spacek’s strongly performed Carrie still hasn’t escaped the abuse. The entire film deals with the anxious lead-up to prom night, encountering dreadful personalities along the way, but also meeting some rare sympathetic characters. The pacing slows down very mildly during the mid-point, but is obviously picked right back up at the classically anxiety-raising Stephen King climax.

Discussing the conclusion of this 70s horror classic involves numerous meaningful mentions of the brilliant soundtrack, which effectively adds to the anticipation leading up to the extremely cruel but phenomenally presented prank. It’s usually eerie and is a horrifyingly saddening sequence you’ll never forget, also to be connected to the list of history’s greatest shockers.

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