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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Chris Alexander's Film School Confidential will present a 35th anniversary screening of Brian De Palma's Carrie tonight at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto. A "vintage 35mm print" has been obtained for the occasion.

Meanwhile, the Cinema Circle at the Savannah College of Art and Design presented a screening of Carrie at the Trustees Theater in Savannah, Georgia. One student review presumes that contemporary audience reactions were probably different from audiences 35 years ago. District's Sam Reveley states that "the classic Carrie is seen in a different light today than it was in the seventies. When there is knife flying, blood drenching and tampon throwing all within the same film, it is not hard to imagine that it was originally viewed as rather shocking." Reveley notes that one audience member called the film "over the top." "This observation certainly accounts for the satirical nature of Carrie," writes Reveley. "Characters beyond the protagonist fit so neatly into their role of overbearing mother, the mean girl or the helpful teacher that they become caricatures of their own place in the story. Thus enabling the audience to react with laughter as each character meets their untimely death in a variety of violent ways. The actions themselves are almost slapstick in nature." The Inkwell's Matthew Harrell criticizes the special effects and lack of bloodshed(!) in Carrie, but concludes that, "Despite a few flaws, Carrie has stood the test of time, spawning sequels and a 2002 television remake. De Palma’s film will certainly hold its place as one of the greats in horror history."

Posted by Geoff at 3:20 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:20 PM CST
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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:49 PM CST

Name: "Gustavo"
Home Page: http://mulhollandcinelog.wordpress.com

Lack of bloodshed? Bad effects? Flaws? LMAO. Please...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 9:02 PM CST

Name: "Ryan Clark"
Home Page: http://thrill-me.blogspot.com

Ugh.  Please allow me to rant for a moment, because that "reviewer" at The Inkwell has no idea what makes Carrie work.  First of all, Carrie is not primarily a supernatural horror film.  The lead character has the power of telekinesis but it's not really the focus of the film -- nor should it be.  Could you imagine if De Palma had included, as the reviewer suggested, scenes of Carrie experimenting with her power?  It'd be like Matilda jumping around the room to happy music, plates swirling around her -- and people think the tux shop scene is cheesy?

The film works on multiple levels -- it works as a horror film because it perfectly captures the terror of high school and dysfunctional relationships with parents; it works as a comedy in the over-the-top scenes with Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, and John Travolta; and it works as a drama because the entire story is one big tragedy from beginning to end.

 Carrie is not a film that needs "bloodshed" to frighten its viewers.  That's not the point.

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 12:43 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://www.briandepalma.org

I totally agree-- I left my opinions out of the above post, but I find most of the criticisms laughable (more bloodshed-- how can you read that critisism and not laugh?). It is true that Piper Laurie has said she played much of her role as a comedy, and it is over the top, so it is interesting to see how fresh eyes take it all in.

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