Stephen King is widely regarded as a master or the horror/suspense genre, and with fifty-five published novels under his belt, one of the most prolific. His first novel, and consequently the first film adapted from his writing, Carrie, is a mainstay of the horror genre. Heralded as not only one of the best adaptations of King’s work, but as one of the best horror films ever made, Carrie has been keeping audiences on the edge of their seats for almost forty years.
Opening in a manner befit of a cliché 1970’s porno, Carrie follows a group of girls into the locker room, where the steamy atmosphere is ripe with hairspray and teenage angst. Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), one of the least unlikable, yet most disliked girl in school, suffers crippling embarrassment at the ever-brutal hands of Mother Nature. The rest of the film follows thusly, mostly showing Carrie being the butt of jokes, and being constantly belittled by everyone – including her mother. Things take a much darker turn when Carrie’s hopes are built up by her crush’s invitation to prom, and dashed by the cruelty of teenage girls.