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Sunday, September 25, 2016
PANEL DISCUSSES 'CARRIE' IN LONDON
FINAL GIRLS U.K. EVENT AT SCALARAMA; ALSO, REVIEW FROM BLOGGER WHO JUST WATCHED 'CARRIE'
The Final Girls (Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe) hosted a screening last night of Brian De Palma's Carrie at the ICA in London. The screening, which was part of Scalarama film month, was followed by a panel discussion made up of Michael Blyth (BFI Festivals Programmer), Catherine Bray (Film4 Editorial Director and Producer) and Dr. Alison Pierse (Lecturer at York University). The discussion is summarized by Smoke Screen's Owen Van Spall:
Brian de Palma's films and his own statements have been controversial to say the least, something the Carrie panel tackled right from the start of their conversation. This is a film that begins with a tracking shot that has become somewhat notorious; the camera journeys through a steamy changing room as Carrie’s high school gym class are seen in various stages of nudity. This is far from the last time in the movie de Palma’s camera will linger on female flesh either: with female cheerleaders on the pitch and high school bad girl Chris’s bra-less torso getting plenty of screen time. This is also one of many de Palma films that put their female characters through the wringer, to put it politely.

Thus the panel agreed that at some point they had all been driven to ask themselves: “Is it cool to like Carrie [and de Palma]?” But the consensus was that, after repeat viewings and after taking a few steps back to reconsider de Palma’s career as a whole, rejecting Carrie entirely as mysoginistic felt too much like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Alison Pierce for example praised the way the film - largely through Sissy Spacek’s intense performance - effectively transmitted the desperate sadness of the plight of this hapless but incredibly powerful young woman. You empathise with Carrie as almost a Frankenstein-like figure, a victim created by monstrosity. The panel also noted how both De Palma and King explored her victimhood in interesting ways - with the narrative and characterisation of Carrie seeming at times to provoke the viewer to almost want this pathetic figure to get tormented. De Palma arguably manipulates viewers to effectively swing between delighting in seeing Carrie suffer, and yearning to see her inflict terrible vengeance on her tormentors turn. The bucket of blood sequence, with its long, almost gleeful build up in slow motion, was much discussed as an example of this. Viewers might want to ask themselves; do you maybe sneakily want that rope to be pulled, and the bucket to fall, knowing both what the immediate humiliating result will be, and what will happen next?

Author Stephen King and de Palma also have an interesting kingship, as Catherine Bray noted: they are good at “serious fun” - taking a ludicrous concept and imbuing it with genuine terror and emotional weight. Of course, Carrie can simply be enjoyed as campy, shlockly fun, with Michael Blyth half-joking if you could convert this film easily into a musical given its tone and setting. Regardless, the panel noted that the film remains very striking from a cinematographic perspective, with a visual approach that teeters on the deliciously overblown at times. De Palma throws in a tonne of tricks that he would become well known for, including diopter lens shots, and the use of montage which really works well in the prom terror sequence, as Carrie starts to come apart, her attention and powers jumping to various points as she singles out her enemies for destruction. The Smoke Screen in particular was struck by the deliriously bold lighting throughout the film too. Much of the film’s early sequences seem drenched in a warm, apple pie glow, but in the prom night sequence sees de Palma start us off with a dreamy kaleidoscopic mix of purples and yellows that highlight how carried away Carrie is by her one moment of bliss, only to drench the entire affair in an insanely deep red shade once the psychic assault starts.


HARRY FAINT JUST WATCHED 'CARRIE' (SEEMINGLY FOR THE FIRST TIME?)

Meanwhile, blogger Harry Faint posted a brief review after watching Carrie, seemingly for the first time:

Even though I knew the plot and knew the rampage that was about to ensue when the bucket finally dropped, I was still in shock. The build up of this film is masterful, with the final slow motion sequence becoming a sickly sweet fantasy. The narrative is relatively simple and the pace is snappy, which makes the final sequence all the more painful to watch as carnage unravels as quickly as Carrie’s happiness. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. There is an interesting use of De Palma blurring two images into a shot and I came away feeling that every visual was vital to the story – the prom sequence is such a great accomplishment in filmmaking. It felt real, Carrie’s telekinesis is never questioned or explained as the supernatural. In fact, nothing is over explained, or if things are explained it is through use of visuals and absence of voice. However, one thing I disliked is the reuse of Herrman’s 4 notes from Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960), but it still works.

Hearing the bucket swing back and forth and nothing else is as clever as it is haunting. You know you like a film when you wake up the next morning still thinking about it.


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Thursday, September 8, 2016
'CARRIE' CAST & CREW FOR 40TH IN L.A. OCT 14
NANCY ALLEN, PIPER LAURIE, WILLIAM KATT, PJ SOLES, PAUL HIRSCH, MORE, w/BRYAN FULLER MODERATING
Nancy Allen is Executive Director of weSPARK Cancer Support Center, which, along with Ace Hotel and Scream Factory, will present a special 40th anniversary presentation of Brian De Palma's Carrie in Los Angeles on October 14, with Allen and several others involved with the film on hand for an on-stage discussion. And the discussion will be moderated by none other than Bryan Fuller! Below is the press release, courtesy of Dread Central:
Forty years ago, visionary filmmaker Brian De Palma helmed the ultimate coming-of-age horror film with Stephen King’s CARRIE, a story both celebrated and revered by cinephiles and ultimate horror fans alike. To celebrate this landmark anniversary of the movie, non-profit cancer support center weSPARK and Theatre at The Ace Hotel, along with home entertainment brand SCREAM FACTORY, will mount a once-in-a-lifetime cast and crew reunion and screening of the brand-new restoration of the film, paired with a 1970s prom-themed party, at the historic Ace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 14, 2016.

The star-studded cast and crew reunion is set to include Carrie stars Academy Award-nominated Piper Laurie (The Hustler), Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill, RoboCop), William Katt (“The Greatest American Hero”), P.J. Soles (Halloween), Academy Award-winning editor Paul Hirsch (Star Wars: Episode IV), and casting director Harriett B. Helberg (The Jazz Singer). The cast will participate in a live Q&A moderated by Bryan Fuller (the creative genius behind NBC’s “Hannibal,” ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” and the upcoming Starz series “American Gods”).

In an effort to raise critical funds for weSPARK Cancer Support Center, of which Carrie’s Nancy Allen is Executive Director, the event will see the Ace Theater transformed with prom-themed decor, during which attendees are encouraged to dress in their best 1970s formal attire or favorite character from the film for an opportunity to pose for a photo in a special photo booth and win a Best Dressed “Carrie” character costume contest.

“I want a recount! I can’t believe Carrie is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! This movie changed my career much like weSPARK has changed my life, and to bring these two worlds together for good only adds to the specialness of this celebration.” – Nancy Allen, Carrie’s Chris Hargensen

Tickets to the star-studded screening and Q&A will start at $25, with higher ticket tiers to include Scream Factory’s brand new 2-disc Carrie (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray release with nearly 3 hours of bonus material, a specially commissioned original poster from a local artist, access to a private VIP pre-reception, and opportunities for photos with cast and crew.

Ticket Tiers:

$25 – General Admission including Prom-Themed After Party

$75 – Preferred Seating + Exclusive Carrie Poster + New Scream Factory Blu Ray + Photo Op including Prom Themed After-Party (Limited availability)

$125 –VIP seating + Exclusive Carrie Poster & Blu-ray + Photo Op with cast/crew including After-Party + Private Pre-Party (Limited availability)

All proceeds will directly benefit weSPARK’s cancer support programs.


Posted by Geoff at 7:06 PM CDT
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Monday, August 29, 2016
NEW DONAGGIO INTERVIEW ON 'CARRIE' BLU-RAY
AS SHOUT! FACTORY REVEALS FINAL LIST OF BONUS FEATURES FOR OCT. 11 RELEASE


As reported two months ago, Shout! Factory is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Brian De Palma's Carrie with a new Collector's Edition 2-disc Blu-ray (a deluxe edition, with added posters and slip covers, has already sold out). As Blu-ray.com noted on Friday, the final list of bonus features reveals a previously unannounced new interview with composer Pino Donaggio. Here is the list in full, from Blu-ray.com:
NEW 4K Scan of the original negative and restoration
NEW More Acting Carrie – featuring interviews with Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Edie McClurg and P.J. Soles
NEW Writing Carrie – an interview with screenwriter Lawrence Cohen
NEW Cutting Carrie – an interview with editor Paul Hirsch
NEW Shooting Carrie – an interview with director of photography Mario Tosi
NEW Casting Carrie – an interview with casting director Harriet B. Helberg
NEW Bucket of Blood – interview with composer Pino Donaggio
NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – a tour of the film's locations
Acting Carrie- interviews with Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, Jack Fisk, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer, P.J. Soles and Brian De Palma
Visualizing Carrie- interviews with Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch
Carrie, the Musical
Vinatge TV Spots
Vintage Radio Spots
Still Gallery – rare behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards
Stephen King and the Evolution of Carrie text gallery
Original Theatrical Trailer
CARRIE Franchise Trailer Gallery

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
'CARRIE' BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY IN OCT
40TH ANNIVERSARY 2-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION w/NEW INTERVIEWS AS WELL AS OLD
Shout! Factory today announced that it will release a 40th Anniversary two-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Brian De Palma's Carrie on October 11th, just one month following Scream's Collector's Edition of De Palma's Raising Cain on September 13th. A Deluxe Limited Edition of Carrie will also be available (details below), and when preordered, it will arrive three weeks early. Here are all the details so far:

This Deluxe Limited Edition contains:

The collector's edition Blu-Ray with slipcover
A limited edition 18" x 24" poster of the newly-designed art from artist Nat Marsh
A second slipcover — made exclusively for this promotion — featuring newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson
A limited edition 18" x 24" poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson
Early shipping to arrive three weeks before the national street date

Bonus Features

NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative
NEW Interviews With Writer Lawrence D. Cohen, Editor Paul Hirsch, Actors Piper Laurie, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg, Casting Director Harriet B. Helberg And Director Of Photography Mario Tosi
NEW Horror's Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Film's Original Locations
Acting Carrie – Interviews With Actors Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles And Art Director Jack Fisk And Director Brian De Palma
Visualizing Carrie – Interviews With Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch
A Look At "Carrie: The Musical"
Original Theatrical Trailer
Carrie Franchise Trailer Gallery
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Still Gallery – Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos
Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie Text Gallery


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
CARTOON - THIS WEEK'S ISSUE OF THE NEW YORKER

"So, how was prom?"

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:12 AM CDT
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Sunday, May 15, 2016
GoT TWEETS - KHALEESI GOES 'FULL CARRIE'






Posted by Geoff at 10:00 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2016 10:02 PM CDT
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
'CARRIE' MIDNIGHTS APRIL 1 & 2 AT IFC, NEW YORK
40th ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS KICK OFF MONTHS-LONG MIDNIGHT STEPHEN KING SERIES
Brian De Palma's Carrie will have midnight screenings this Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at the IFC Center in New York City. The screenings, which will be from DCP, kick off a thirteen-film midnight series, "Stephen King on Film." The IFC description of the series reads, in part, "Presented in honor of the 40th anniversary of Carrie (1976, Brian De Palma), the horror classic adapted from King’s first novel and the first of what would be countless films and TV productions derived from King’s work, the series showcases more than three decades of terrifying cinema inspired by the writer—an extensive, but by no means exhaustive selection."

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Sunday, March 27, 2016
'CARRIE' TUESDAY IN SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA
SHORT FILM 'THE BIRTHDAY', INSPIRED BY 'CARRIE', WILL PLAY BEFOREHAND
This Tuesday night (March 29) at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, California, Frida volunteer Trevor Dillon will present his short film The Birthday at 8pm, and then right after, Dillon will present a screening of one of the films that inspired his "70s horror-themed" short: Brian De Palma's Carrie. The night of horror is also the launch of Dillon's indie horror company, Ghost Party Productions.

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, March 28, 2016 12:08 AM CDT
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Sunday, March 13, 2016
VIDEO: THE REMAKER COMPARES 'CARRIE' 1976/2013
CONCLUDES THAT REMAKE'S STEADY PACE LACKS VARIETY OF THE ORIGINAL, INCLUDING LACK OF ABRUPT TONAL SHIFT AT PROM;
ALSO, WITH ITS LACK OF DISTINGUISHING MISE-EN-SCENE, REMAKE IS LESS EFFECTIVE FILM



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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
'CARRIE THE MUSICAL' - BEST OF 2015 LISTS
RNH.COM ROUNDS 'EM UP FOR US
RNH.com ("Rodgers And Hammerstein") has rounded up a list of links to various "Best Of" lists for 2015 musicals and shows from Los Angeles and London that included Carrie The Musical. You can go to the page to find the links, along with quotes such as, "A powerful, poetic score brought Stephen King’s 1974 horror novel to life," "Immersive and enjoyable," and, "A stunning and moving adaptation of Ste[ph]en King's coming-of-age novel."
(Thanks to Lawrence!!)

Posted by Geoff at 10:17 PM CST
Updated: Friday, February 19, 2016 5:02 PM CST
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