October 31, 2009: Carrie
Happy Halloween everyone and today marks the end of 31 Days of Horror 2. I would like to thank everyone for making this very popular once again. But before we end it we still have one last movie to mention and that's Carrie.
This was Brian De Palma's breakout hit and of course it was based on the classic Stephen King novel of the same name.
The movie is based on High school girls played by Amy Irving (in her film debut), P.J. Soles and Nancy Allen plot to avenge themselves on ostracized fellow student and budding telekinetic Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) after they get in trouble for pelting her with tampons. When they get popular boy Tommy Ross (William Katz) to be her date for the prom, the stage is set for some cruelty and fiery retribution. De Palma uses split screens, slow motion, color filters and tracking shots to imbue the proceedings with a haunting, allegorical elegance. John Travolta has a memorable role as one of the girls' beer-guzzling boyfriends. There was a sequel in 1999 that was just awful and there was also a short-lived Broadway musical.
If you haven't seen Carrie, do yourself a favor and watch it.
Well that concludes my second year of 31 Days of Horror - so you now have 62 movies to watch if you combine my two lists together. That's a lot of movies and they all should be watched at least once.
Brian De Palma's commercial breakout, based on a novel by Stephen King, helped launch a whole slew of teen-based horror films, and Carrie the blood-spattered prom queen has taken her throne in the...