Parents' Guide to

Carrie

By Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Stephen King's disturbing prom horror classic.

Movie R 1976 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 4+

not that scary

sex not that scary yay i wish it was 18
age 16+
Classic horror movie. I wish the nudity and specialization of teenage girls was not included. I’d say without all that it’d be great for 12+ but with the nudity and the suggested oral sex in one scene, it’s best for 16+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33 ):
Kids say (92 ):

This is probably the best film adaptation of a Stephen King novel. Carrie helped launch the careers of several young performers, including Spacek (who received an Oscar nomination), Amy Irving, John Travolta, and Nancy Allen. Almost painful to watch, the opening shots of a volleyball game and the girls' locker room depict the vicious bullying Carrie endures. The climactic prom-night scene begins with a breathless, Cinderella-like feel; the interaction between Carrie and her date, Tommy (William Katt) is sweet and hopeful, and Spacek looks radiant. This scene, however, becomes terrifying after some cruel bullies send Carrie over the edge. Director Brian De Palma's use of a split screen, combined with the music and Spacek's chilling transformation, creates an unforgettable scene of carnage.

Veteran actress Piper Laurie is disturbing in her Academy Award-nominated role as Carrie's holy-rolling, psychotic mother. Buckley's character, Miss Collins, emerges as a protective, encouraging influence; her scenes with Carrie are tender, bittersweet, and sadly futile. But it's Spacek's sensitive portrayal of a troubled girl that elevates this movie beyond mere horror.

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