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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Sissy Spacek
Piper Laurie
Amy Irving
Nancy Allen
John Travolta
Directors
Brian De Palma
Screenwriters
Lawrence D Cohen
Running Time
97 minutes

Carrie
Greenhorn John Travolta pops up in De Palma's high-school masterpiece


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Plot
Carrie White is the outsider of her class and her mother is a religous 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


Verdict
The reason Carrie is still held in such high regard as a horror classic is very simple: it's all in the sheer directorial bravado. De Palma at the top of his game.


Reviewed by Andrew Collins

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