Friday, 18 July 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 216: Tue Aug 5

Carrie (De Palma, 1976): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.20pm



This great Brian De Palma movie, part of the Teenage Kicks season, is also being shown on August 1st and 2nd. Details here.

Time Out review:
She wasn’t the favourite to play ‘creepy Carrie’, but it’s impossible to imagine anyone other than Sissy Spacek (looking like she’s stepped into the ‘70s from another time altogether) in the role. Stephen King got the idea for the novel, his first, in the girls’ locker room of a college where he was working as a caretaker. Teenage girls can be pure evil and it’s in a locker room that we meet Carrie, who’s just had her first period and is being told to ‘plug it up!’ by the mean girls. Carrie’s secret is that she has telekinetic powers, which are about to wreak an apocalypse at the school prom. As for the pig’s blood scene, it doesn’t matter how many times you watch it, you’re willing that bucket not to drop. Spacek gamely offered to be covered in real pig’s blood, but in the end was drenched with a mix of syrup and food colouring.
Cath Clarke


Here (and above) is the trailer.

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