Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Night 17 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

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Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Movie List.
Follow along with us for a month full of classic and fun spooky movies. Each night there will be a movie review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day you will find the magic phrase you will use to unlock the entry worth 25 entries in the giveaway. You must comment on each post.

Night 17 - Carrie

Tagline - A chilling blend of AMERICAN GRAFFITI
              and PSYCHO.
              If You've Got A Taste For Terror... Take
              Carrie To The Prom.
              If only they knew she had the power.

Directed by Brian De Palma (Dressed to Kill and Mission to Mars) and released on November 3, 1976 by United Artists (Rated R). Carrie (Sissy Spacek) is a shy teen who has no friends. The other girls play horrible jokes on her and tease her to no end. Sue (Amy Irving) feels sorry for for Carrie and convinces her boyfriend Tommy (William Katt) to take Carrie to the prom. Carrie is happy and finally feels like she is part of the crowd. Unfortunately not everyone is happy to have her there and a cruel joke begins a night of terror!

This movie is just creepy. Carrie's house with all the creepy religious statues that look not quite right. Oh yeah, and that mother! No wonder Carrie had issues. Plus a young John Travolta, Sissy Spacek and Amy Irving. It's a good cast and it's based on a good Stephen King book. Oh, don't forget the pig's blood. Eeeew! The ending really is just classic movie imagery.

Take a look at the original trailer.

Some trivia about the movie
1. Sissy Spacek wasn't considered for the role of Carrie until her husband, art director Jack Fisk, convinced director Brian De Palma to allow her to audition. Until that, De Palma was wedded to the idea of Amy Irving playing Carrie; when Spacek got the part instead, De Palma gave Irving the smaller role of Sue.
2. Betty Buckley, who plays the gym teacher in the film, went on to star as Carrie's mother in the ill-fated Pitchford/Gore musical version of Carrie. The song "When There's No One" from the show is included on Buckley's Sterling records release "Children Will Listen". No official cast album exists, although several unofficial recordings have been made.
3. The dizzying camera shot during the prom scene was achieved by placing William Katt and Sissy Spacek on a platform that was spinning in one direction, while the camera was being dollied in the opposite direction.
4. The name of the high school is Bates High, a reference to Norman Bates from Psycho. In addition, the four note violin theme from Psycho is used over and over in the film.
5. This was the first Stephen King novel adapted into a movie.
6. John Travolta drives a 1967 Chevelle SS 396 hardtop in this film, and in Pulp Fiction, he drove a 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible.
7. Nancy Allen claims that she never realized that her character was going to be so evil until she saw the finished film, she thought that she and John Travolta were playing such self-centered, bickering morons that they were there for comic relief. Piper Laurie also thought that the character of Margaret White was so over the top that the film had to be a comedy.
8. In Carrie's house, the statue of a religious figure shot with arrows represents St. Sebastian. It is not a crucifix and does not represent Jesus Christ.
9. Amy Irving's feature film debut.
10. Amy Irving admits that she originally hated the script when she first received it. After seeing the finished film, she thought it was simply 'magic' and loved it.
11. The ring that Amy Irving wears throughout the movie was a gift to her from Stephen King the author of the book the film is based on.
12. Screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen went on to collaborate with composer Michael Gore and lyricist Dean Pitchford and create "Carrie: The Musical", which debuted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Terry Hands and choreographed by Debbie Allen in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom in 1988. Later that same year, the production was transferred to Broadway, where Betty Buckley replaced Barbara Cook as Margaret White. The Broadway run only lasted five performances, and it is considered by many to be the most spectacular flop in Broadway history. However, Linzi Hateley, who played the title role in her Broadway debut, won a Theatre World Award for her performance.
13. According to the audio commentary on the DVD, Carrie is a composite of two girls Stephen King knew, though only one of them was a classmate of his. Prior to the publication of Carrie, his first published novel, King had been an English teacher. The second girl who inspired Carrie was one of his students.


  1. I found that the over-the-top characters made this film more of a comedy than drama or horror. Then again, it's difficult for me to take high school drama seriously enough to look at this film as scary.

  2. this is my fave stephen king adaptation, i dunnae why!
    piper laurie was awesome... im so glad she isnt my mom lol

  3. Signature Brian De Palma movie...lots of vivid red and so very 1970s. ;)
    Sissy Spacek did an excellent interview on public radio earlier this year and talked about a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff for the movie. You can listen and/or read the transcript here:
    Thanks for the supercool trivia! Cheers!

  4. I liked this movie but didn't find it scary. There are some horrifying scenes in it and the acting was good.

  5. I like this movie and want to see the remake in March 2013. I like the trivia, I didnt know any of that, its all very interesting.
    I loved the book, just read it again a few months ago.

  6. The first time I watched this movie, I didn't know anything about it or that it was a horror movie. I expected there to be a happy ending... Boy was I wrong! It was so shocking :)

    -Rachael Henzman

  7. A true classic
    I am definitely watching it this month!!


  8. Talk about mean girls LOL. This is a classic all the way!

  9. I feel Carrie 100%!!


  10. Great movie. Love SK.

  11. Never saw this movie, but i rememeber the prom scene with all the blood(?)(was it blood?).

  12. This one still just creeps me out.

  13. The scariest thing about this movie was that psycho religious zealot mothers (and fathers) do exist! Scary... and sad.

  14. This is one where I saw the movie before reading the book, and around the time I was in high school.

    yup - it is the prom scene we all remember!

  15. Totally creeped me out---I skipped my prom and stayed home because this scarred me as a

  16. I always like watching is such a good Stephen King story and Sissy Spacek is great in this movie.