Carrie (1976)



Critic Consensus: Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst -- and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.

Movie Info

This classic horror movie based on Stephen King's first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at her small-town high school. Her blind panic at her first menstruation, a result of ignorance and religious guilt drummed into her by her fanatical mother, Margaret (Piper Laurie), only causes her classmates' vicious cruelty to escalate, despite the attentions of her overly solicitous gym teacher (Betty Buckley). Finally, when the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence D. Cohen, Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 29, 1998
United Artists


as Carrie White

as Margaret White

as Billy Nolan

as Sue Snell

as Tommy Ross

as Miss Collins

as Chris Hargensen

as Mr. Fromm

as Norma Watson

as Mrs. Snell

as Mr. Fromm

as Mr. Morton

as The Beak

as George

as Boy On Bicycle
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (10)

A voluptuously shot horror movie.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

More superpowers from Brian De Palma, this time in high school, in a screen version of a Stephen King novel that's become a horror classic.

Full Review… | June 4, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

An exercise in high style that even the most unredeemably rational among moviegoers should find enormously enjoyable.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.

Full Review… | October 7, 2008
Top Critic

This 1976 thriller, about a high school outcast (Sissy Spacek) who uses her telekinetic powers to massacre the graduating class, contains a number of interesting ideas. But as with most of his films, De Palma can't keep track of them.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The fierce sympathy it extends to its unfashionable central character puts the film a million miles above the contemporary line in sick exploitation.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Carrie


De Palma surprises us for his splendid choice of making a very delicate and emotionally involving drama from King's novel - with a magnificent direction, even if not so well edited - and he leaves the horror only for the tragic climactic explosion of blood and fury in the end.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


One of the best horror films out there to date! Although "Carrie" has a slow start and the first half is all build up, the pay-off is much more worth it than you would expect. As a teenage girl is bullied in her senior year, she discovers an odd ability she has to levitate and move certain things with her mind. It's less of a jerky horror flick than a bone-chilling creepy one. I felt myself gulping by the end of the film at how eerie they were able to pull off her abilities and how many symbolic moments came from this film. It may not have all the tense moments you want, but the last 25 minutes will absolutely blow your mind. The camera techniques are very questionable, but commendable, the editing is done perfectly, and this film could not have been directed better. "Carrie" is one of those rare treats that doesn't come around very often! Its terrific!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I tend to remain largely unaffected by most horror films, but "Carrie" (while not quite 'scary') manages to be consistently creepy in that mysterious, unsettling sort of way. It's a triumph of suspenseful storytelling as well as a strange commentary on youth that still feels shockingly relevant today.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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