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Carrie White is the outsider of her class. She's a mousy girl, all of her classmates hate her, and her mother is a religious fanatic who walks around in a black cape. After she unexpectedly has her first period, she is teased by the girls more ruthlessly than before. The gym teacher punishes the girls that were involved and one of them, Sue Snell, feels sorry for what she did and asks her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom instead of her. But another girl that has been banned from the prom, Chris Hargenson, isn't so forgiving and hatches an evil plan with her boyfriend that involves Carrie and a bucket full of pig's blood. But what none of the students realize is that Carrie has the power of telekinesis, the power to move things with your mind, and that when you make her mad, she transforms from an innocent girl to a rage-filled monster. And this is gonna be a prom no one will ever forget.
You were warned never to push Carrie to the limits. Now you must face the evil consequences.
Release Date: November 03, 1976
Runtime: 98 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: R
Brian De Palma
Sissy Spacek ...Carrie White
Piper Laurie ...Margaret White
Amy Irving ...Sue Snell
William Katt ...Tommy Ross
Betty Buckley ...Miss Collins
Nancy Allen ...Chris Hargensen
John Travolta ...Billy Nolan
P.J. Soles ...Norma Watson
Priscilla Pointer ...Mrs. Eleanor Snell
Sydney Lassick ...Mr. Fromm
Stefan Gierasch ...Mr. Henry Morton
Michael Talbott ...Freddy DeLois
Doug Cox ...The Beak
Harry Gold ...George Dawson
Noelle North ...Freida Jason
Cindy Daly ...Cora Wilson
Deirdre Berthrong ...Rhonda Wilson
Anson Downes ...Ernest Peterson
Rory Stevens ...Kenny
Edie McClurg ...Helen Shyres
Cameron De Palma ...Bobby Erbeter - boy on the bicycle
Terry Bolo ...Bad Girl
Michael Towers ...Vance or Towers (prom band)
Glen Vance ...Vance or Towers (prom band)
Brian De Palma
Louis A. Stroller
Lawrence D. Cohen
"Born to Have It All"
"I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me"
"(Love is Like a) Heatwave"
"I'm Still On My Way"
More Movie Taglines:
- You were warned never to push Carrie to the limits. Now you must face the evil consequences.
- Take Carrie to the prom. I dare you!
- Carrie may look perfectly innocent but she'll SHOCK you right out of your seat...and that's a promise!
- If You've Got A Taste For Terror... Take Carrie To The Prom.
- If only they knew she had the power.
- If you got a taste for terror, than you have a date with Carrie.
- If you've got a taste for terror you have a date with.... (Australia)
- If You've Got A Taste For Terror . . . Take Carrie To The Party. (Great Britian)
- If THE EXORCIST made you shudder, CARRIE will make you scream.
- Margaret White: [Referring to Carrie's prom gown] Red. I might have known it would be red. Carrie: It's pink, Mama. [Presenting corsage] Carrie: Look what Tommy gave me, Mama. Aren't they beautiful? Margaret White: I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will. Carrie: Breasts, Mama. They're called breasts, and every woman has them.
Margaret White: They're all gonna laugh at you.
Margaret White: These are godless times, Mrs. Snell. Mrs. Snell: I'll drink to that.
Margaret White: Carrie, you haven't touched your apple cake. Carrie: It gives me pimples, Mama. Margaret White: Pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you. Carrie: [after long pause] Mama? Margaret White: Yeah. Carrie: Mama, please say that I've got t-to try and get along with people better. Margaret White: [giggle] What are you going on about, Carrie? Carrie: I've been invited to the prom. Margaret White: [long pause, then looking sternly at Carrie] Prom? Carrie: Yeah, the prom. Everyone's goin ... Margaret White: It was that teacher that called, wasn't it? Carrie: Please see that I'm not like you, Mama, I'm funny [weird] Carrie: . I mean, all the kids think I'm funny, and I don't wanna be. I wanna be normal, I wanna start to try me, a whole person, before it's too late for me to - [Margaret throws tea on her face, Carrie wipes it off] Carrie: His name is Tommy Ross, and he's a very nice boy, Mama. Margaret White: No. Carrie: And he promised to come in and meet you ... Margaret White: I said no. Carrie: - and he'd have me home by midnight and ... Margaret White: No, no, no, no! Carrie: I've accepted, Mama! I accepted it! Margaret White: Go to your closet. Carrie: No! Margaret White: [pause] After all you've been taught, Carrie? Carrie: Everyone isnít bad, Mama! Everything isnít a sin! Margaret White: Go to your closet and pray, ask to be forgiven.
Carrie: [coming down from upstairs, Margaret has called her down after the phonecall she received] Mama? Who was that, that called? Margaret White: You're a woman now. Carrie: Why didn't you tell me mama? [Margaret strikes her over the head with the "Woman's Bible and begins to read a verse] Margaret White: [reading] And God made Eve from the rib of Adam. And Eve was weak and loosed the raven on the world. And the raven was called sin. Say it, the raven was called sin. Carrie: Why didn't you tell me, Mama? Margaret White: Say it. [hits Carrie in the face] Margaret White: The raven was called sin. Carrie: [Margaret hits her again] No, Mama. [hits Carrie again] Carrie: And the raven was called sin! Margaret White: And the first sin was intercourse. The first sin was intercourse. Carrie: I didn't sin, Mama. Margaret White: Say it. [hits her again] Carrie: I didn't sin, Mama! Margaret White: The first sin was intercourse. The first sin was intercourse. The first sin was intercourse. Carrie: And the first sin was intercourse! Mama, I was so scared. I thought I was dying. And the girls, they all laughed at me and threw things at me, Mama. [Margaret hits her again] Margaret White: And Eve was weak, say it! Carrie: No! Margaret White: Eve was weak! Carrie: No! Margaret White: Eve was weak, say it woman! Carrie: No! Margaret White: Say it! Carrie: Eve was weak, Eve was weak. Margaret White: And the Lord visited Eve with the curse, and the curse was the curse of blood! Carrie: You should have told me, Mama! You should have told me! Margaret White: [kneels down and grabs Carrie's hand] Oh, Lord! Help this sinning woman see the sin of her days and ways. Show her that if she had remained sinless, this curse of blood would never have come on her!
- Sissy Spacek wasn't considered for the role of Carrie until her husband, art director Jack Fisk, convinced director Brian De Palma to allow her to audition.
Betty Buckley, who plays the gym teacher in the film, went on to star as Carrie's mother in the ill-fated Pitchford/Gore musical version of Carrie. The song "When There's No One" from the show is included on Buckley's Sterling records release "Children Will Listen". No official cast album exists, although several unofficial recordings have been made.
The name of the high school is Bates High, a reference to Norman Bates from Psycho (1960). In addition, the four note violin theme from Psycho is used over and over in the film.
The dizzying camera shot during the prom scene was achieved by placing William Katt and Sissy Spacek on a platform that was spinning in one direction, while the camera was being dollied in the opposite direction.
Initially, P.J. Soles was only cast for two weeks, but after she hit Sissy Spacek over the head with her red baseball hat during the volleyball scene, Brian De Palma decided to keep her around longer.
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