From its first shot, Carrie catches the mind, energetically shakes it and refuses to let go even after the end credits have rolled.
--Richard Schickel, Times Magazine
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Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30 PM
at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
Followed by a Q&A with cast members Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, William Katt and P.J. Soles with Oscar-winning film editor Paul Hirsch
Forty years ago this November, one of the most innovative horror movies in Hollywood history hit theaters and set the box office on fire. Based on the first hardcover novel by an up-and-coming but still relatively unknown writer named Stephen King, Carrie crystallized all the agonies of adolescence into the story of a shy, sheltered girl with telekinetic powers. Director Brian De Palma had been working in the independent field since the 1960s, but this film was his first box office hit and put him on the map as one of the major auteurs of the New Hollywood. De Palma filled the cast with many talented young actors making their first important features, including John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving, William Katt, P.J. Soles, and Betty Buckley. For the leading role, he chose relative newcomer Sissy Spacek, who received her first Oscar nomination for the film, and to play her religious fanatic mother, De Palma cast Piper Laurie in her first film since The Hustler 15 years earlier. (She received her second Oscar nomination for her performance.)
Critics praised the film not simply as an effective shocker but as a sharply perceptive commentary on the terrors of being a high school outsider. Pauline Kael called Carrie “a terrifyingly lyrical thriller.” In New West magazine Stephen Farber wrote, “Carrie has the same diabolical power as Psycho, and the same unsettling black humor.” And Time’s Richard Schickel declared, “From its first shot, Carrie catches the mind, energetically shakes it and refuses to let go even after the end credits have rolled.”
Joining us for this reunion screening will be four members of the cast. In addition to The Hustler and Carrie, Piper Laurie is known for Children of a Lesser God, The Crossing Guard, and The Grass Harp, among many other films. Nancy Allen went on to star in several other films directed by De Palma, including Dressed to Kill and Blow Out, and she also starred in Strange Invaders, RoboCop, and Out of Sight. William Katt starred in Big Wednesday, Butch and Sundance: The Early Years, as well as the popular TV series of the 80s, The Greatest American Hero. P.J. Soles co-starred in another horror hit, John Carpenter’s Halloween, and joined the casts of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Private Benjamin, and Stripes. These cast members will be joined by film editor Paul Hirsch, who worked on many of De Palma’s other movies, including Hi Mom, Phantom of the Paradise, Blow Out, and Mission: Impossible. He won an Oscar for editing Star Wars in 1977, and he also edited The Empire Strikes Back, Footloose, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Steel Magnolias, along with many other films.
Genre: Anniversary Classics, Horror, Revenge, Thriller
Runtime: 98 min
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, P.J. Soles, Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, William Katt