The 1976 adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie is a terrifying, disturbing and groundbreaking horror classic. There's something about it, whether in the timeless quality of its 70s aesthetic, it's confronting harshness, Sissy Spacek's incredible performance, or a combination of all three, that is so powerfully unnerving and bone-chilling. Not surprisingly, Carrie is probably mainly remembered for its iconic 'pigs blood' scene, with the rest of the movie as build up to this moment. And while in many ways the film does directly lead to this definitive event, the entire film is so wrought with wonder and suspense, and the character study on Carrie White is so intriguing that the first two acts never drag or feel like filler. The ultimate payoff though IS very rewarding, and the prom sequence, as well as its aftermath, is genuinely terrifying. Stylistically, Carrie's visual aesthetic is so rich and engrossing, and the events unfold at a very focused, fast and perfect pace. My favourite aspect of Carrie though, is Sissy Spacek. Spacek's performance in this movie is so affecting and convincing, and beyond Carrie's discovery of her telekinesis, Spacek does an incredible job of portraying a severely shy, anxious and troubled young girl. Her reactions to social encounters and situations are so believable, increasing the emotional weight of the ultimate tragedy that befalls her. The dynamic with her mother, played expertly by Piper Laurie, is also extremely well acted and unsettling. Carrie is a horrifying and confronting look at teenage cruelty, loneliness and longing through the lens of an expertly crafted and affective horror film. The film's detailed script and De Palma's sensitive direction really make you care for Carrie and want to see her be happy, and when the bucket inevitably drops, it's as devastating and heartbreaking as a horror film gets.