31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 17: Carrie


Carrie (1976)

Why I love it:

  • It’s based on the book “Carrie” by Stephen King, written just 2 years prior to the film’s release.
  • It’s about a teenage girl named Carrie, played by Sissy Spacek, who is endowed with psychic powers including telekinesis, the ability to move objects with your mind. As a result of her supernatural gifts, Carrie is a reclusive outcast at school and in her neighborhood. Carrie’s ultra-religious mother is the primary cause of Carrie’s awkwardness. 
  • It’s raw, in your face, and unapologetic when it comes to the dark subject matter.
  • This is one of the few horror movies where you actually feel sorry for the villain, if you can even call her that.
  • John Travolta has a rather significant role in this movie. He plays one of the high school jerks. 
  • The clever and funny lines that Carrie’s fanatical and psychotic mother utters such as: “Pimples are the Lord’s way of chastising you.”, “I should’ve killed myself when he put it in me.”, “I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will”, and “First comes the blood, then the boys”.
  • The scene where the gym teacher smacks the shit out of one of Carrie’s school mates. Teachers could get away with that type of stuff back then. Lol.
  • Carrie having her first period in the school shower scene. 
  • The scene where Carrie uses her telekinesis to knock the little brat off his bike. “Creepy Carrie, Creepy Carrie”, he taunts. Carrie gives him a dirty look, then bam!, he eats dirt. 
  • The scene where Carrie puts her foot down, using her telekinesis to close all the open windows in the house in defiance of her mother’s demands. “I’m going mama, you can’t stop me, and I don’t wanna talk about it anymore”. 
  • The scene where Carrie’s mother starts pulling her own hair in anguish over Carrie. 
  • The infamous prom scene where pigs’ blood is dumped on Carrie. 
  • The scene where Carrie returns home from the prom and is sitting in the tub washing off the blood is one of the saddest scenes in a horror film ever. I could cry just thinking about it.
  • The scene where Carrie is confronted by her mother after cleaning off the bloody filth from the prom. Carrie uses her telekinetic powers once again–this time on her own mother as well as the creepy house wherein they reside.
  • The final scene where Carrie reaches her hand out of the rubble that used to be her home. One of the best horror movie endings ever. 
  • It’s a 70’s horror flick.
  • It provides great social discourse for issues such as bullying, psychic abilities, and religious extremism. 





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