Ar­row Video, £19.99 (Blu-ray), £12.99 (DVD)

Fortean Times - - Reviews / Films -

Brian De Palma kicked off the ‘Based on a novel by Stephen King’ movie jug­ger­naut with a mes­meris­ing adap­ta­tion of King’s de­but novel, Car­rie. It’s a beau­ti­fully sim­ple plot: girl is bul­lied, girl has telekine­sis, girl gets re­venge. Yet this straight­for­ward struc­ture be­come a chill­ing base­plate to sup­port an ex­plo­ration of al­most all the anx­i­eties of teenage life – from fit­ting in, pu­berty and com­mu­nal show­ers to crazy adults, prom night and the fun­da­men­tal ter­ror of ev­ery­body laugh­ing at you. It’s also got an ab­so­lut­ley spine-chill­ing fi­nal shot (not the fa­mous jump scare– I mean the fi­nal fi­nal shot) where the fran­tic mu­sic and pan­icked act­ing cuts to black and the cred­its roll. My heart was beat­ing at fever pitch. Pack­ing this new re­lease with ex­tras, Ar­row have given Car­rie the re­spect she de­serves. Which is just as well, con­sid­er­ing. PL

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