Keeps the jokers for last!
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.