18 certificateCarrie is a Film programme that first aired in 1976 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Carrie is a 3 star programme

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Carrie (1976)

Directed by
Brian de Palma

Shot in just 50 days on a shoestring budget, De Palma's sanguine shocker pulled horror out of the grave, one hand a time. It tells the story of Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), an outsider at Bates High School, where her plain looks and late development make her an easy target for bullies, led by the sadistic Chris (Nancy Allen). Carrie's lack of worldliness is due to her mother Margaret (Piper Laurie), a zealot whose enforced prayer routines will, she believes, help her daughter atone for her unidentified sins.

Carrie's isolation leads her to discover a gift - produced at moments of great anguish - for telekinesis, the ability to move objects at will. When former bully Sue Snell (Amy Irving) regrets her own behaviour, she befriends Carrie and sets her up with a date for the forthcoming prom. As Carrie's nightmare life finally begins to improve, a final shocking surprise awaits her and her enemies...

De Palma's skill with schlock horror is unquestionable, but in questioning the American Dream during his country's bicentenary he was also laudably subversive. His film is genuinely shocking, but the director was not content just to deliver a conventional bloodbath. The use of slow-motion (in one six-minute scene) and split-screen technology was a step forward for film-makers, and Carrie should be considered a technical and visual triumph.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1976

3/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Sissy SpacekSissy Spacek...Carrie White
Image for Piper LauriePiper Laurie...Margaret White
Amy Irving...Sue Snell
William Katt...Tommy Ross
Image for John TravoltaJohn Travolta...Billy Nolan
Nancy Allen...Chris Hargensen
Betty Buckley...Miss Collins
P.J. Soles...Norma Watson
Priscilla Pointer...Mrs. Snell
Sydney Lassick...Mr. Fromm
Stefan Gierasch...Mr. Morton
Michael Talbott...Freddy
Doug Cox...The Beak
Harry Gold...George
Noelle North...Frieda