Carrie

  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Brian De Palma, Paul Monash
  • Writers: Lawrence D Cohen, based on a novel by, Stephen King
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta

Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy outcast, has her first period while showering after a P.E. class. She is humiliated by her classmates who tease her by chanting/screaming “plug it up!” The gym teacher, Miss Collins (Betty Buckley), breaks up the bullying. Miss Collins berates Carrie, but becomes horrified when she realizes Carrie has no concept of menstruation. At home, Carrie is harassed by her mother Margaret (Piper Laurie), a delusional religious fanatic, who tells her daughter the humiliation is a punishment from God for having her period.

The girls who teased Carrie are subjected to an athletic detention by Miss Collins, who then bans the chief instigator, Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen), from the upcoming senior prom for her refusal to participate. Another of the instigators, Sue Snell (Amy Irving), feels guilty for her actions and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross (William Katt) to take Carrie to the prom. Carrie initially refuses, thinking the invitation to be another trick, but Miss Collins’ comforting pep talk persuades her to agree.

When told about the prom, Carrie’s mother forbids her from going and warns her that Tommy will lead her into a life of sex. However, Carrie resists and in her anger, she displays telekinetic powers, causing her mother to believe her daughter is possessed by a demon. As Carrie firmly insists on going to the prom, her mother warns her that “They’re all gonna laugh at you!”

Some time afterward, Sue, the sole survivor, is seen walking up to the empty lot where Carrie’s house once stood. She sees a “For Sale” sign planted in some rocks, “CARRIE WHITE BURNS IN HELL” written across it with lipstick. As Sue gently kneels down to put flowers at the base of the sign, Carrie’s bloody hand reaches up and grabs her. Sue then wakes up screaming and shaking in the arms of her mother (Priscilla Pointer).

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