It’s the 8th of October and last night’s movie was The Shining. The crimson wave coming from the elevator got me in the mood for more blood and, I’m still jonesing for a little Stephen King, so buckets of blood plus King can only equal one film: Carrie.
Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is a sweet girl. She’s a bit on the strange and nerdy side and her mother is a religious kook but Carrie, herself, is a nice kid. Unfortunately, strange and nerdy don’t get you friends, so Carrie is a bit of an outcast.
When she starts her period at school, she thinks she is dying because her bible thumping mother never told her that it would happen. Understandably, as teenage girls are brutal bitches, the girls in her gym class take to making fun of her and throwing tampons at her. As punishment, the gym teacher makes the girls stay after school every day for extra gym class.
When Chris (Nancy Allen) refuses to do any more, her punishment is to lose her prom tickets.
Sue (Amy Irving) is the only girl in the group with any sort of conscience. She feels terrible about what she did to Carrie and wants to make amends so she asks her boyfriend Tommy (William Katt) to take Carrie to the prom. Understandably, Carrie thinks it’s just another joke and refuses until Tommy manages to convince her to go. Unbeknownst to Sue or anyone else, Chris is plotting to get Carrie back for the loss of her prom ticket with her boyfriend Billy (John Travolta). What Chris, Billy, and everyone else are about to find out is that Carrie has the gift of telekinesis and she’s not taking any more jokes.
Carrie is the ultimate revenge movie for anyone who has ever felt like an outcast or even been bullied. She gets picked on at school, she gets picked on at home and she just can’t take it anymore and let’s be honest, who can really blame her? Maybe instead of just throwing around words like “bully” with meaningless speeches in schools, the school system should force children to watch Carrie and teach them that this is what happens when you screw with the wrong kid. I sure as hell would’ve been nicer if I thought there was the possibility of being burnt alive. I say we let Carrie scar them early and if that doesn’t work, at least you’ve gotten that “You’re becoming a woman” speech out of the way.