Halloween Kingathon – Carrie (1976)

: Brian DePalma

Writer: Lawrence D Cohen (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley

Plot: A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school’s prom by a humiliating prank.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: The Beginning of the Masters Work

Story: Carrie starts with an all girls gym class and we meet our social outcast Carrie White (Spacek) who ends up not understanding about her first period, leading to all the other girls taking a chance to bully her, but in this scene we get a first glimpse of what Carrie is capable of as she blows out the lights in the locker room.

Carrie is controlled by her high religious mother Margaret (Laurie) who believes that Carrie is constantly sinning and when she does she punishes her. Carrie is learning about her telekinesis while the other girls including the old friend Sue (Irving) and Chris (Allen) suffer through detention for what they had done to Carrie.

When Sue tries to make up for the prank she gets her boyfriend Tommy (Katt) to ask Carrie to the prom, but Chris ends up seeing this as a chance to work with her boyfriend Billy (Travolta) that ends up causing Carrie to finally break.

Carrie will always go down as one of the most shocking horrors of the time of releases, it starts slowly with very little horror elements but ends with one of the most dramatic horror final acts in horror film history. It shows how high school students can be cruel but also shows how a religious mother can control life too often. This could be considered part revenge film with the final act and will always be a stand out horror film. (8/10)

Actor Review

Sissy Spacek: Carrie is the social outcast of the school suffers her own misfortune at school, but when she suffers this she starts to learn about the telekinetic powers that she possess. All this with her over baring religious mother punishing her for anything that she doesn’t see in the bible. Carrie ends up getting invited to the prom where her true power will get unleashed in an act of revenge. Sissy gives a brilliant performance that gave her an Oscar nomination. (10/10)carrie

Piper Laurie: Margaret White is Carrie’s religious mother that punishs her when she doesn’t follow the bible and wants to control her ever moment. Piper gives a great performance but then I did feel we needed too see more about religious story. (8/10)margaret

Amy Irving: Sue Snell is an old friend who decides to try and do the right thing and asks her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom, he action are true even if the others are not. Amy does a good job in a supporting role. (7/10)

William Katt: Tommy Ross is Sue’s boyfriend who has to ask Carrie to the prom, he does it and acts like a perfect gentleman while at the prom. William does a good job in the supporting role. (7/10)

Support Cast: Carrie has a supporting cast that includes the bullies who plan the final prank but ultimately pay the price for their actions.

Director Review: Brian DePalmaBrian gives us one of best films of his career that manages to give us a true horror classic. (9/10)

Horror: Carrie shows that you don’t need to have constant jump scares and builds the horror until the final act. (9/10)

Settings: Carrie puts all of the horror inside of a small town where a lot takes place in the high school. (8/10)

Suggestion: Carrie is one that all the horror fans should have watched at least once. (Watch)

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: There really isn’t one.

Oh My God Moment: Prom scene.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Nominated for two Oscars for Best Actress in Leading and Supporting Roles.

Budget: $1.8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: If The Exorcist made you shudder, Carrie will make you scream.

Overall: Classic horror film that put Stephen King one the map.

Rating 90

Mirrors 2 (2010)

Director: Victor Garcia
Writer: Matt Venne
Starring: Nick Stahl, Emmanulle Vaugier, Evan Jones, Christy Carlson Romano, William Katt, Lawrence Turner, Stephanie Honore, Jon Michael Davis, Wayne Pere, Lance E. Nichols, Ann McKenzie, Jennifer Shakeshaft

Story Max Matheson (Stahl) has had an accident that killed his fiancee Kayla (Shakeshift) after this he starts seeing things in mirrors. He gets help from Dr Beaumont (Mckenzie) who give the whole people believe souls could be trapped in mirrors and things are getting over analysed. After Henry Schow (Jones) leaves the job as a night watchman due to an experiences with a mirror leading to him cutting his face up, Jack Matheson (Katt) Maz father offers him a job as the watchman.

On the first night he starts seeing a certain mystery girl who turns out to be a missing ex employee Eleanor Reigns (Honore) Maz also starts seeing the gruesome deaths of some of the higher ups in the company. After finding a missing poster for Eleanor he phones her sister Elizabeth (Vaugier) and the two of them investigate what happened to Eleanor.

Verdict Meant to be a sequel to Kiefer Sutherland’s original which was an average horror with good twist to say the best, this film doesn’t live up to the original at all with no follow up to what actually happened at the end of the first one. It is basically following the Saw franchise good first movies with great twist and then just looking for gore, gore, gore in all future outings. Nick Stahl is better than straight to DVD films and does his best to make something out of a rather plain story. Serial straight to DVD girl Emmanuelle Vaugier seems to be a main character without actually having any real belief in what is going on and is a tame damsel in distress.
Story Mark 3/10 Been done so many times and this one is poor
Special Effects Mark 6/10 Some good effects on the death scenes but nothing truly original
Horror Mark 5/10 No real scares just the usual look up see something turn round nothing there

Star Performances Nick Stahl acts well to a poor story can see he plays the regret ridden lead man

Least Favourite Character Most of the higher up employees who snuff it

Best Part I guess that i like a good investigation type movie and its ABC for that

Worst Part The fact it doesn’t explain what happened at the end of the first one

My Rating 45%