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- 98 min.
Brian De Palma
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@mittens: you might want to consider putting up a spoiler alert before you go around telling all the plot twists that surprised you :-)
It's a little flabby, but not dated. Carrie retains its power today, nostalgic period aesthetic intact and effective (in spite of a few poor funk numbers in the soundtrack). Fueled by the occult primal force of the womb, Spacek's emotive performance is heartbreaking, propelled like an out-of-control train that won't stop for repression. She's aided by strong support, a fine musical score, a respect for the gothic roots of the genre, and a palpable control of image, tension, pacing and cinematic beats. DePalma coldly weaves the threads of schoolyard and underworld together like a stalking predator, hand on leash until the lurid blood spattered climax, leaving us with no illusions as to the exacting ruthlessness of human nature, or of the vengeance of the feminine. There's no reassurance here: red, red everywhere...
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This movie ranks #16 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
This movie ranks #46 in AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
This movie ranks #86 in Empire 500
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