Carrie

A bullied teenage girl discovers she has telekinetic powers.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1976
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Prom Night
Sadist: 
Rigger
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Relative: 
Mother
Trickster: 
Lurer
Prankster
Fluids: 
Blood
7.04
Keeps the jokers for last!
6
7.04
7.04
6
3
3
3
Plot
Editing
Pace
It's a film about how hard it is to be a reject, the reasons why, and just how much worse it gets when the abuse victim starts developing increasing telekinetic powers. Carrie's mother, like her school bullies, are depicted as the bad guys, yet the girl's powers are the ultimate threat. What could perfectly work as a straight coming of age film evolves in something only Stephen King could write.
The bullies are designed to be very oppressive, mean and sadistic; each in their own way. Even the ones who mean to help only do wrong. Although some characters are downplayed, everybody who Carrie comes across, you manage to hate. The film is sensual at times, but it is never anything else than a contrasting excuse for shock, horror, and a succession of awkward, aggressive, sad moments.
Carrie is shot and scripted in a dramatic way. There is a photographic haze between us and the washed out picture. Like many converging elements in the film, this creates quite an ambiance. The third act is absolutely amazing. It gives a purpose to the oddities you've been sitting through. Here's a great adaptation that redefines the roles of protagonists and antagonists in a supernatural setting.
Subgenres of Terror 2020: School Slashers

Two popular subgenres converge. Film critic Steve Hutchison covers 50 excellent school slasher films and ranks them mathematically. A synopsis, five ratings, and a review are provided for each film. How many have you seen?

Universal Classic Monsters Reviewed: 2020 Edition

Horror critic Steve Hutchison analyzes 31 Universal classic monster movies. How many have you seen? Each article includes a synopsis, five different ratings, and a review.

Scary, Tense, Shocking & Sad

Here’s a selection of 200 horror and horror-adjacent movies, ranked, rated, and reviewed by critic Steve Hutchison. All movies are considered scary, tense, shocking, and sad. These are not for the squeamish!

Fun, Sexy & Gory

Here’s a selection of 200 horror and horror-adjacent movies, ranked, rated, and reviewed by critic Steve Hutchison. All movies are considered fun, sexy, and gory. It’s the ultimate party mix!

Scary, Shocking, Gory, Weird & Sexy

Here’s a selection of 200 horror and horror-adjacent movies, ranked, rated, and reviewed by critic Steve Hutchison. All movies are considered scary, shocking, gory, weird, and sexy. Let’s get down and dirty!