1976 | Horror | 98 minutes | English


Shy 16-year-old Carrie White lives with her fanatically religious mother, Margaret. Carrie is unpopular at school and often bullied by her classmates. When Carrie has her period while taking a shower in school, her mother tells her the menstruation was caused by sin. Margaret locks Carrie in an altar-like “prayer closet” to seek forgiveness. The wicked classmates devise a prank to torment Carrie. They slaughter a pig and drain its blood. At the gym during the high school prom, they release the blood from the container and it drenches Carrie. With her telekinesis power, Carrie is able to seal the exits of the gym and set it on fire. Margaret, seeing Carrie as a demon, tries to stab her with a kitchen knife. But Carrie, utilizing her superpowers, is able to survive this terror.
Sissy Spacek (Carrie White) / Piper Laurie (Margaret White)
Why Stream This Film?
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a high 93% score stating “CARRIE is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, teen angst that brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
  • Metacritic Score: 85
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actress (Sissy Spacek); Best Supporting Actress (Piper Laurie)
  • National Society of Film Critics: Winner, Best Actress (Sissy Spacek)
Brian De Palma’s CARRIE is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that’s the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in JAWS. The scariest horror stories are like this. They develop their horrors out of the people they observe. That happens here, too. Does it ever.
Roger Ebert

Director Brian De Palma may be making a career out of emulating Alfred Hitchcock, but it can’t be denied that, with each new movie, he comes closer to mastering Hitchcock’s trademark of teasing suspense and tongue-in-cheek horror.
Kathleen Carroll

New York Daily News



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