My Old Addiction



(out of 5)

The first Stephen King novel adapted to the big screen has results that are still exciting today. Brian De Palma does a terrific job of providing thrills, chills and even a few laughs with this ridiculously over-the-top horror story, centering around a misfit girl () who is picked on mercilessly by her classmates. Her home life isn’t that much better, what with her religiously obsessed mother () keeping her locked away from the world and what she considers its wickedness, but Carrie has a few things up her sleeve to combat even the worst authority figure. She has discovered that her worst feelings of frustration can be channelled into telekinetic powers, and she uses these to combat the people who would do her harm. Her grand opportunity comes when she goes to her High School Prom and a group of nasty cheerleaders embarrass her without realizing what they’re going to get back. It’s the best revenge story, with Spacek and Laurie giving memorable, larger-than-life performances and  and appearing in very early screen roles. Turn off the lights and stay up late, this one’s fun!

Red Bank Films

USA, 1976

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sissy Spacek as “Carrie White”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Piper Laurie as “Margaret White”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Piper Laurie)


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