Scaretober-Movie Review: Carrie


For the month of October I’ve dubbed it Scaretober in which I will be blogging every day in October. No, it’s not just random blogs in October but specifically scary movies movies. I’m definitely not one of those girls that enjoys scary movies by any means in fact this is a HUGE challenge for me since I’m such a wimp when it comes down to it. Some of the movies reviewed will be super scary and others will just be 90’s cheesy scary compared to today’s standards. There will be a few days during this month that I will be putting up more than one posts, because sometimes you can’t hold any awesome back when it comes to the blog.

Today’s movie is Carrie (1976)


I included the original version of this movie because by some this is hailed to be the scariest movie of all time and we learned from the Scream series the remake is just not the same as the original. Now let’s get into it, Carrie White is a high school senior who is not only bullied at school but in the small town where she lives because her mother is a super Christian and believes that sin is everywhere and that everyone needs to be converted and saved as well. At the beginning of the movie we find Carrie at school and find her in the locker room after gym class and she freaks out because she gets her period for the first time and has no idea what is going on. Her classmates chose this moment to pick on her and not help her. It is also during this incident that she figures out that she might have powers. Carrie’s mother finds out what has happened and is convinced that her daughter is now being possessed by the devil and she needs to pray more. The next day Carrie researches  telekinetic powers and finds that there are a few books on it and that it is possible to control it.  Also during that day Carrie’s classmates are given a week of detention for not helping Carrie yesterday and if they do not complete their detention they will not be able to go to prom among the other punishment. One of the popular girls, Chris, thinks that the detention is stupid and walks away. She tries to convince her friends to come with her, but they refuse. Sue, one of Chris’s friends decides to be nice to Carrie and let her have at least one nice memory in her life, so she asks her boyfriend Tommy to take Carrie to the prom and convince her that it is real. When Tommy asks Carrie to the prom she can’t believe what is happening to her and says no because she thinks that it is a joke. Mrs. Collins, the gym teacher, finds Carrie hiding out and takes pity on her. Mrs. Collins finds Sue and Tommy and tries to get to the bottom of what happen and they both insist that Tommy taking Carrie to the prom is real and not a joke. Tommy shows up to Carrie’s house and convinces Carrie to accept the invitation to the prom and she does. Carrie tells her mom all the events that have occurred in the last 2 days and her mom gets very upset and is now convinced that she has become possessed by the devil. Chris is so upset about not being able to go to the prom and blames Carrie about it that she puts in motion a terrible joke on Carrie that will be carried out on prom night. The night of the prom arrives and Carrie gets ready managing to convince her mom that everything will be ok and she will be home early. Carrie and Tommy is having a nice time at prom when they find out that they have been nominated for prom king and queen and decide to vote for themselves. Meanwhile at home, Carrie’s mom is going crazy trying to figure out a way to save herself. Carrie and Tommy win Prom Queen and King. In the massive final arc of the storyline Sue has snuck out to the prom to see if Carrie is having a good time and is caught and thrown out just before she can tell Mrs. Collins about the prank. After Sue is thrown out, a bucket of pig’s blood is dumped on Carrie and then Tommy hits his head on the bucket and falls to the ground. After this happens the crowd erupts in laughter and then Carrie freaks out and is convinced that her mom is right about the prom after all. Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to seal the doors of the gym and set it on fire killing everyone inside, while she gets away. Just as she is walking home, she is nearly run over by Chris and her boyfriend, but they manage to avoid her but not before Carrie sees them in the car and uses her telekinetic powers to turn their car into a fiery mess. Carrie gets to her house and finds that her mom has lit every candle in prayer, she goes to take a bath and get rid of the evidence. Afterward, her mother tells Carrie the story about her conception and then stabs Carrie. Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to kill her mom and then in a fit of forgiveness pulls the knives out of her and takes her to the prayer room. In the process of  moving her taking her to the prayer room the house begins to crumble around them trapping both Carrie and her mom in the house.  Sue is the only surviving member of the class and has been in a restless state of sleep since the incident. The movie shows her going to Carrie’s grave to put flowers and what appears to be Carrie’s arm reaches out to grab her. Sue awakens in her mother’s arm from what appears to be a very real nightmare.

After seeing this movie, I agree that this might be the scariest movie I have seen to date. Sissy Spacek does a good job of playing Carrie White the poor bullied girl. John Travolta also plays a bit part in the movie, but since he is only in a few scenes he won’t get recognition for it as much. I have not seen the remake but if I can sleep through the night and give you another review for Scaretober tomorrow we will know that this movie is still worth the scare after all these years.


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