Brian De Palma's (Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission Impossible) 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's first successfully pulished full-length novel, Carrie, is a film that belongs in the category of classic horror films, but it is also a film that manages to break from that mold and become a film that is higher up than just another teen horror film. This is one of those few horror film's aimed at the teenage crowd, that works as a chilling look into a girl's haunted life, and creates an unforgettable and masterful first adaptation for Mr. King. Now, the film's plot is well known in most peoples minds, but I feel that I should just explain it, in case there really is somebody interested in viewing this classic that still doesn't know what it is actually about. Now, Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) lives a disturbed life where she goes to school, faces an extensive amount of ridicule and virtually merciless brutallity by all of the other girls at school, only to come home everyday to the one quiet house on there otherwise vibrant suburban neighborhood block. At home, her mother greets her, who is a religious tyrant that psychologically tortures her meek, shy and mousy daughter daily, and savagely. One infamous moment, in partcular, and early on in the film, is the well-known locker room scene where, in the shower, she experiences her very first period. Shocked and horrified by something that she was never personally educated about, she turns to her classmates in terror, only to be ridicled and tormented by her classmates, with the main twistedness perpetrated by a small group of the most popular girls in school. Now, as the story progresses, one of the slightly warmer students who participated in this act gradully begins to fell sorry for her, so, in her state of guilt, orders her popular jock boyfrind to take Carrie White to the prom. So, as things slowly begin to get worse, it all culminates in a still terrifying, to this day, scene of Carrie White being pushed way too far off the edge by two of the popular girls, and, ends up going on a rampage at the prom. Now, I suppose that I did forget to mention just one very, very important key element to this story that truly makes it a horror film: Carrie White has one small, little gift. She has the power of telekinesis, and it is gradually brought out by her anger and tormented mind. So, she, using her newfound powers, exacts revenge on everyone at the prom. Now, what really makes Carrie work so well is mainly because of three things: First, it's the early directing job by Brian De Palma in one of his first few psychological horror films that he would end up making a famous and profitable career out of making, is put to incredbly effective use, with much room for experimentation, featuring than-groundbreaking cinematographic techniques, creating a masterful vision from a masterful writer. Second, the films style of being able to juggle moods between islly and light, dark and disturbing, and than black and horrifying, is also a true accomplishmen. And, finally, the lasting effect is that the film features unforgettable and career-making performances by Sissy Spacek, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving, John Travolta, and a unshakeable performance by veteran actress Piper Laurie, as Carrie's hedonistic mother. So, with the remake of Carrie coming up this October, I sincerely doubt that it will able to reach the heights of such success that this original film achieved, but there is always room for hoping. So, parents should be aware that, while this film is most definitely an R Rated film, and certainly not for younger children, I actually think that it would work very well for most teens of virtually any age who would be able to handle the films intense content, subject matter, and, of course, horror movies in general. But, for any parents curious about this films content, than, this is for you: Carrie features infrequent, but grueling moments of mental and physical torture exacted by Carrie's mother, upon her sensitive daughter, which many peple may find disturbing. Also, the last forty-minutes or so, including the prom scene massacre ad the intense climax, feature lot's of gushing, spurting and pouring blood as characters are electrocuted, set alight in flames, stabbed and impaled with metallic objects repeatedly, with two characters even facing there demise in an exploding car, all at the hands of Carrie. Also, there is graphic and prolonged nudity during the films opening locker room scene, with explicit shots of teenage breasts, buttocks and even crtoches on full display for an extended period of time; aside from that, there is some sexual content including an implied scene of oral sex, and some fooling around by other teenage characters. And, finally, while it is relatively low for a modern day R Rated film, in 1976, when this film was first originally released, the film's profanity count was conidered fairly high, with roughly around 8 F-words, and a few uses each of other words including sh-t, d-mn, h--l, a--, b-tch, and more. So,Carrie is one tough, meaningful and impressive horror film, that is so good, that it almost shouldn't even be called a horror film at all. It really does feel like that moniker is almost insulting it's greatness. Still, teens should have a blast with this masterful 70's horror icon. Reccomended.