Carrie (1976)

R | 97 mins | Horror | 16 November 1976

Director:

Brian De Palma

Producer:

Paul Monash

Cinematographer:

Mario Tosi

Editor:

Paul Hirsch

Production Designers:

William Kenney, Jack Fisk

Production Company:

Redbank Films
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HISTORY

According to an 8 Sep 1975 ^lDV item, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. originated the project, based on Stephen King's 1974 novel, before it was picked up by United Artists Corp.
       Principal photography began 1 Mar 1976, as stated in the 19 Apr 1976 issue of Box. A 5 Jan 1987 HR news brief estimated the production cost as roughly $3 million. The 1977 issue of ^lFantascene stated that three versions of “Carrie White’s” home used in the film: "a real location house, a full scale interior and a half scale exterior model." All exterior shooting at the real house was done in one day. The house that sinks in the film was the half-scale model, built on an elevator in a field in San Fernando Valley, CA, at the cost of $10,000. The full-scale interior was built on a stage at Culver City Studios, where the bulk of interiors were shot. Originally, as the house sank, a biblical "rain of rocks" was supposed to fall from the sky and bury it. Due to problems with a conveyor belt, the shot had to be cancelled. However, in the dream sequence, "Sue Snell," played by actress Amy Irving, stands in front a pile of rocks where Carrie’s house used to be. Also in the sequence, Irving was shot walking backward, then the scene was printed in reverse to give it a dreamlike quality; behind Irving, a Volkswagen bug can be seen driving in reverse.
       ^lFantascene reported the high school in the film was called Bates High school as an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Bates motel in ^lPsycho (1960, see ...

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According to an 8 Sep 1975 ^lDV item, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. originated the project, based on Stephen King's 1974 novel, before it was picked up by United Artists Corp.
       Principal photography began 1 Mar 1976, as stated in the 19 Apr 1976 issue of Box. A 5 Jan 1987 HR news brief estimated the production cost as roughly $3 million. The 1977 issue of ^lFantascene stated that three versions of “Carrie White’s” home used in the film: "a real location house, a full scale interior and a half scale exterior model." All exterior shooting at the real house was done in one day. The house that sinks in the film was the half-scale model, built on an elevator in a field in San Fernando Valley, CA, at the cost of $10,000. The full-scale interior was built on a stage at Culver City Studios, where the bulk of interiors were shot. Originally, as the house sank, a biblical "rain of rocks" was supposed to fall from the sky and bury it. Due to problems with a conveyor belt, the shot had to be cancelled. However, in the dream sequence, "Sue Snell," played by actress Amy Irving, stands in front a pile of rocks where Carrie’s house used to be. Also in the sequence, Irving was shot walking backward, then the scene was printed in reverse to give it a dreamlike quality; behind Irving, a Volkswagen bug can be seen driving in reverse.
       ^lFantascene reported the high school in the film was called Bates High school as an homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s Bates motel in ^lPsycho (1960, see entry). The playing field of the school was shot at Pacific Palisades High School, while the back of the gym was filmed at Hermosa Beach High School.
       The film opened in New York City on 16 Nov 1976, and the following day in Los Angeles, CA. It was met with generally positive reviews, although the 17 Nov 1976 NYT deemed it "a mess." It went on to become a commercial success, and Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were nominated for Academy Awards, for Best Actress and Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively. Carrie was ranked 46th on AFI's 2001 100 Years...100 Thrills list of the 100 most thrilling American films of all time.
       A musical version of Stephen King's novel opened 12 May 1988 and closed three days later at the Virginia Theatre in New York City; the book was written by Lawrence D. Cohen, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford and music by Michael Gore, and the production cost $6 million according to the 5 Jan 1987 HR brief. The musical inspired Ken Mandelbaum's book, Not Since Carrie: Forty Years of Broadway Musical Flops (New York, 1991). As reported in a 9 Sep 2012 LAT article, a remake of Carrie was being produced, with Kimberly Peirce directing and Chloë Grace Moretz set to play "Carrie." The film was released in 2013 (see entry).
       According to the 8 Apr 1976 HR, ^lCarrie marked the feature film debut of several actors, including Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg, Harry Gold and Anson Downes. Priscilla Pointer, who played "Eleanor Snell," is the real-life mother of Amy Irving who played Sue Snell. Irving reprised the role in the sequel, ^lThe Rage: Carrie 2 (1999, see entry).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Sep 1975
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Daily Variety
19 Mar 1976
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Fantascene
1977
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Apr 1976
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 1976
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 1987
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Los Angeles Times
17 Nov 1976
Section F, p. 23
Los Angeles Times
9 Sep 2012
Section D, p. 1
New York Times
17 Nov 1976
p. 24
Variety
3 Nov 1976
p. 27
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Paul Monash Production
A Brian DePalma Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Brian DePalma
Dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Gaffer
Best boy
Lab processing
Release prints by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus cond
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom man
Sd ed
Magnofex
Asst sd ed
Dick Vorisek
Rerec supv
Trans-Audio, Inc.
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Asst spec eff
Titles and opticals
N.Y.C.
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Sets by
Scr supv
Transportation
Prod secy
Auditor
Secy to Mr. DePalma
Prod asst
Craft service
Loc scouting
Prod services by
STAND INS
Stunt co-ord
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King (Garden City, 1974).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Carrie," lyrics by Merrit Malloy, sung by Katie Irving; "Born to Have It All," lyrics by Merrit Malloy, sung by Katie Irving.
PERFORMED BY
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 November 1976
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 Nov 1976; Los Angeles opening: 17 Nov 1976
Production Date:
began 1 Mar 1976 in Los Angeles
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.
21 October 1976
LP47351
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
Deluxe General
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
24688
SYNOPSIS

In the locker room at her high school, shy teenager Carrie White notices blood running down her legs in the shower. Unaware that she is menstruating for the first time, she panics and screams for help. She is teased by classmates Sue Snell, Chris Hargenson, and Norma, who are reprimanded by the gym teacher, Miss Collins. Carrie becomes hysterical and Collins slaps her to calm her down. Carrie is sent to the office of the principal, who expresses disbelief that a girl Carrie's age is unfamiliar with the concept of menstruation. When the principal accidentally calls the girl “Cassie” for the third time, Carrie loses her temper and an ashtray shoots off the desk as she runs out of the room. On her walk home, Carrie is taunted by a younger boy on a bicycle, who calls her "creepy Carrie." Her eyes go wide and the boy flies off his bike. Later, Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, a religious fanatic, receives a call from the school, informing her why Carrie left school early. After the call, Margaret hits Carrie and blames her menstruation on lustful thoughts. Carrie pleads innocence, but Margaret locks her in a closet. Inside the closet, a statue of St. Sebastian torments Carrie with its glowing eyes and arrows protruding from its sides. Later, when a distraught Carrie looks in her bedroom mirror, it cracks. The next day, in gym class, Miss Collins punishes the girls who bullied Carrie by assigning them an hour of calisthenics for the next three days, or else they will not be allowed to attend prom. Chris Hargenson disrespects the gym teacher, who slaps the ...

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In the locker room at her high school, shy teenager Carrie White notices blood running down her legs in the shower. Unaware that she is menstruating for the first time, she panics and screams for help. She is teased by classmates Sue Snell, Chris Hargenson, and Norma, who are reprimanded by the gym teacher, Miss Collins. Carrie becomes hysterical and Collins slaps her to calm her down. Carrie is sent to the office of the principal, who expresses disbelief that a girl Carrie's age is unfamiliar with the concept of menstruation. When the principal accidentally calls the girl “Cassie” for the third time, Carrie loses her temper and an ashtray shoots off the desk as she runs out of the room. On her walk home, Carrie is taunted by a younger boy on a bicycle, who calls her "creepy Carrie." Her eyes go wide and the boy flies off his bike. Later, Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, a religious fanatic, receives a call from the school, informing her why Carrie left school early. After the call, Margaret hits Carrie and blames her menstruation on lustful thoughts. Carrie pleads innocence, but Margaret locks her in a closet. Inside the closet, a statue of St. Sebastian torments Carrie with its glowing eyes and arrows protruding from its sides. Later, when a distraught Carrie looks in her bedroom mirror, it cracks. The next day, in gym class, Miss Collins punishes the girls who bullied Carrie by assigning them an hour of calisthenics for the next three days, or else they will not be allowed to attend prom. Chris Hargenson disrespects the gym teacher, who slaps the girl’s face. Collins tells Chris she cannot go to prom, and Chris storms off. Meanwhile, in the library, Carrie searches for books on the paranormal, and finds a book on telekinesis. After school, Sue Snell asks her boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the prom. Tommy reluctantly agrees. That night, Chris persuades her boyfriend, Billy Nolan, to help her get revenge on Carrie. The next day, Tommy asks Carrie to the prom, but she refuses. In the gym's stairwell, Carrie tells Miss Collins that Tommy asked her to the prom to trick her. Collins says that Carrie has to change her attitude, and that, with a little makeup, she could show everyone how beautiful she is. Collins later confronts Sue and Tommy, who claim they are only trying to be nice to Carrie. Tommy goes to Carrie’s house to ask her to the prom again, but Carrie urges him to go away as her mother is home. Tommy presses her until Carrie finally agrees to be his date. Later that night, Chris, Billy, and Billy’s friend, Freddy, break into a pig farm. To Chris’s excited screams, Billy repeatedly smashes a pig’s head. Meanwhile, Margaret denies Carrie permission to attend prom. When Carrie resists, Margaret throws water in her face and tells her to get in the closet. Margaret gets up to close the windows, but they shut by themselves. Carrie warns Margaret that she can move things with her mind, and things are going to be different now. Margaret calls her a witch and says she has Satan’s power. At school, news spreads that Tommy is going to the prom with Carrie. One girl asks Sue why Tommy is not taking her, and Sue explains that she is helping the girl. Carrie makes her own gown for the prom. As she gets ready, Margaret demands that she take off the dress and burn it. When Carrie refuses, Margaret warns Carrie that everyone is going to laugh at her and begs Carrie not to go. Margaret screams and scratches at her own face, but Carrie orders her to sit down and be quiet, causing Margaret to fall into the bed, paralyzed. At the prom, people are shocked by how pretty Carrie looks. Miss Collins hugs the girl and tells her she will never forget this moment. Tommy coaxes her onto the dancefloor. Carrie stumbles, but Tommy pulls her close and kisses her. She asks what prompted him to invite her to the prom, and he recalls that she liked his poem in English class. When promgoers fill out ballots for prom king and queen, Tommy suggests that he and Carrie vote for themselves. Norma and Freddy collect the ballots, then switch them out with fake ones. Meanwhile, Sue has sneaked into the gym. Tommy and Carrie are announced as prom king and queen, and Sue runs backstage to get a better look. She notices a rope leading up to a bucket, then sees Chris and Billy under the stage. Before she can warn Carrie, Sue is grabbed by Miss Collins and led out of the gym. As a crown is placed on Carrie's head, Chris pulls the rope attached to the bucket, and pig blood rains down on Carrie. The emptied bucket falls, hitting Tommy on the head and knocking him out. Hearing her mother’s voice say, “They will all laugh at you”, Carrie imagines that the principal, Miss Collins, and all the students are laughing at her. Her eyes go wide and all the lights go out in the school gym. Doors and windows slam shut, and a fire hose sprays the crowd. A teacher and the principal are electrocuted as they fight over the microphone. A falling backboard slices Collins in half. The gym bursts into flames and a blood-soaked Carrie walks out, leaving everyone to burn. Chris spots Carrie walking home and tries to run her over, but Carrie causes the car to catch fire. At home, Carrie finds candles burning throughout the house. She draws herself a bath and cries as she washes off the pig’s blood. In the bedroom, she finds her mother in a white nightgown. Margaret confesses to Carrie that the first time she had sex with Carrie’s father, he was drunk. She claims that he raped her and she liked it. Thus, Carrie was born of sin and Margaret should have killed her at birth. They kneel to pray, and Margaret stabs Carrie with a butcher knife. Carrie falls down the stairs, but as her mother approaches, knives fly across the room and impale Margaret in the same position as the St. Sebastian statue. Carrie removes the knives as the house catches fire, and drags Margaret into the closet as the house sinks into the earth. Days later, Sue dreams she is wearing a white nightgown and holding flowers. She comes to a pile of black rocks with a “for sale” sign that is shaped like a cross. “Carrie White burns in Hell” is written on it. As Sue places the flowers by the sign, a bloody hand reaches up and grabs her. Sue wakes up screaming and her mother tries to comfort her.

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