“Carrie” is one of my two favorite teen movies. The other is “Welcome to the Dollhouse”, so I tend to skew negative. Standing as the first Stephen King book to film adaptation, director Brian DePalma found a certain truth behind King’s words. While a direct translation of the book wouldn’t appear until a much later NBC TV adaptation, DePalma knew what to excise and emphasize. The result was a Hitchcock influenced film that looked like the most brightly colored of Italian horror. Plus, that score by Pino Donaggio is astounding.
Sissy Spacek is a revelation in this film. But, look at the rest of the cast. Buckley, Soles, Allen, Travolta, Katt and everyone else was firing on all cylinders. While pig’s blood was a little bit extreme, I totally buy that these kids would torture a telekinetic outsider. As a kid, none of this made any sense to me. Hell, I kept waiting for Professor X to come and rescue Carrie.
But, that never happened. While we could wax poetic about Carrie forever, there’s a reason why it’s a classic. It’s emotional horror tale that connects to one of the most vulnerable times in human life. Stephen King used to tap into terror in that way without having to force a Dark Tower tie. Amazing work all around.
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RELEASE DATE: 10/11/16
CARRIE 40th ANNIVERSARY to be celebrated with Screening, Cast & Crew Reunion and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release
PROM-THEMED FAN EVENT AND FUNDRAISER TO BE PRESENTED BY weSPARK, THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL AND SCREAM FACTORY™ ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016
AT THE ACE THEATER IN LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, CA – 40 years ago, visionary filmmaker Brian De Palma helmed the ultimate coming-of-age horror film with Stephen King’s CARRIE, a story both celebrated and revered by cinephiles and ultimate horror fans alike. To celebrate this landmark anniversary of the movie, non-profit cancer support center weSPARK and Theatre at The Ace Hotel, along with home entertainment brand SCREAM FACTORY, will mount a once-in-a-lifetime cast and crew reunion and screening of the brand-new restoration of the film, paired with a 1970s prom-themed party, at the historic Ace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 14, 2016.
The star-studded cast and crew reunion is set to include Carrie stars Academy Award™-nominated Piper Laurie (The Hustler), Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill, Robocop), William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), P.J. Soles (Halloween), Academy Award™-winning editor Paul Hirsch (Star Wars: Episode IV) and Casting Director Harriett B. Helberg (The Jazz Singer). The cast will participate in a live Q&A moderated by Bryan Fuller (the creative genius behind NBC’s Hannibal, ABC’s Pushing Daisies and the upcoming series American Gods).
In an effort to raise critical funds for weSPARK Cancer Support Center in which Carrie’s Nancy Allen is Executive Director, the event will see the Ace Theater transformed with prom-themed decor, during which attendees are encouraged to dress in their best 1970s formal attire or favorite character from the film for an opportunity to pose for a photo in a special photo booth and win Best Dressed “Carrie” character Costume contest.
“I want a recount! I can’t believe “Carrie” is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! This movie changed my career much like weSPARK has changed my life, and to bring these two worlds together for good, only adds to the specialness of this celebration.” – Nancy Allen, Carrie’s, Chris Hargensen
Tickets to the star-studded screening and Q&A will start at $25, with higher ticket tiers to include Scream Factory’s brand new 2-disc Carrie (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray release with nearly 3 hours of bonus material, a specially commissioned original poster from a local artist, access to a private VIP pre-reception, and opportunities for photos with cast and crew.
$25 – General Admission including Prom-Themed After Party
$75 – Preferred Seating + Exclusive Carrie Poster + New Scream Factory Blu Ray + Photo Op including Prom Themed After-Party (Limited availability)
$125 –VIP seating + Exclusive Carrie Poster & Blu-ray + Photo Op with cast/crew including After-Party + Private Pre-Party (Limited availability)
All proceeds will directly benefit weSPARK’s cancer support programs.
About the Film
The first film adaptation of a Stephen King book, Carrie was a box office hit, garnering Academy Award® nominations for the up and coming star Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner’s Daughter), and film veteran Piper Laurie (The Hustler), a rare accomplishment for the horror genre at the time. Featuring the first major film roles for John Travolta, who was then starring in TV’s Welcome Back Kotter, Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill, RoboCop) and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), Carrie was also the big screen debut for Amy Irving (Yentl), P.J. Soles (Halloween) and Betty Buckley (Eight Is Enough).
weSPARK Cancer support center is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients in all stages of treatment, as well as their families and friends.
weSPARK offers programs and services that help to alleviate the physical and emotional side effects of a cancer diagnosis.
These critical healing programs provide comfort, knowledge and support and are all free of charge. For more information go to www.wespark.org.
About Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles makes its home in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA. Built in 1927 for the maverick film studio, the ornate theatre and the 14-story Spanish Gothic office tower that fronts it have been lovingly retrofitted into a modern hotel – enlivening the building’s historical soul with the meticulous attention to detail that Ace is known for and standing as a spiritual anchor at the heart of the Broadway Theater District’s vibrant modern renaissance. View upcoming events at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA at theatre.acehotel.com and tickets are for sale online and at the box office at the Ace Hotel, open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
The Plot Thus Far
Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this “absolutely spellbinding horror movie”, (Roger Ebert) has become a pervasive, pop-culture touchstone for anyone who’s ever wanted to get even. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie deliver Oscar-nominated performances and John Travolta and Amy Irving are terrific in this ultimate revenge fantasy that has become one of the all-time great horror classics, and is now, finally, offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray!
At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends… and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her “special gift, “, causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!
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