Directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie is one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. Time and again, there have been directors who try to reproduce the success of the original film with no real success. The main problem that all these remakes have is that there’s no way to watch one without comparing it to De Palma’s version. Despite how dated the movie is, there are several moments within the film that demonstrate why this is such a classic.
Carrie is an adaptation of a book by Stephen King of the same name. The story follows Carrie (Sissy Spacek), a young girl with telekinetic powers, as she attempts to deal with being a social outcast at her school. Everything really boils down once she is asked out to prom and the other kids set up a prank for her.
Watching the movie in its entirety for the first time, I have to say that it was still entertaining. The film definitely shows its age right from the start. The combination of cheesy effects plus its music make it seem very outdated and more laughable than terrifying. This does not by any means make this a terrible film. Several shots throughout the movie were very interesting and the contrasting themes and colors throughout were great. Both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie do an outstanding job at portraying their characters; Sissy as Carrie and Piper as her overbearing mother. Not only is the movie’s actors good, it almost seems like they were handpicked for their roles. Unlike more modern versions, the actress who plays Carrie isn’t the best looking girl as opposed to Chloe Grace Moretz in the 2013. Certain details like that help sell the characters a lot more and add to the story instead of being a distraction. To its credit, there was also a couple of times when the movie legitimately scared me.
Trying to review a movie like this is tough because of all its history. It is undeniably a landmark film but the years have taken its toll and the movie has become quite dated. I won’t go as far as saying that this movie was better or worse than its predecessors but it does hold it’s own and is still worth a watch.
Rockit Raccoon rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%