Classic 1970s horror film based on a Stephen King novel. In short, I loved this film! Rather than just throwing jump scares and gore at you, it takes you through all manner of strong emotions like sadness, anger, frustration, hope, pity and horror.
Sissy Spacek is perfectly cast in the lead, and her performance is faultless. It's hard to imagine anyone else carrying the role so effectively. She puts across the plainness and vulnerability of the abused Carrie, but you really do sense the anger and inner strength when it appears.
The musical score is very noticeable throughout. Most of the time it works very well, creating great atmosphere and tension. Though there are a couple of scenes where the background music takes on an odd, comical tone which I found a bit distracting. The photography is fascinating, in particular the unusual use of split screen in the film's dramatic climax, which draws attention to the chaos of the events unfolding. I also really enjoyed the way religious imagery was used as a theme throughout.
The climax of the film is well known in popular culture, so there may not be any big surprises in the story itself. But it's still one hell of a journey getting there, and it is still quite an experience! If you haven't seen this film, buy it, rent it, watch it! 5/5