(Brian DePalma, 1976)
(essay by Troy)
While capturing screenshots for Brian DePalma’s Carrie, it became apparent that much like Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, Carrie White could only be played by one person, Sissy Spacek. Her face and mannerisms allow her to be the perfect sympathetic monster — beautiful, innocent, fragile, and pitiful, yet still managing to be chillingly believable as she exacts an inferno of bloody terror on her tormentors.
With that in mind (and partially due to lack of time), I’m shelving the draft I’ve written for this film (just assume it’s a lot of talk about the symbolism of menstrual blood, Carrie’s transition from girl to woman, the great performances by the supporting cast, DePalma’s fantastic use of split screen, Psycho homages, the use of the high school milieu and classic ending scare, both of which surely influenced countless future slashers, and the frighteningly realistic prospect of the ending in light of the real-world high school shootings of the last 20 years) and instead am going to post the series of screenshots showcasing DePalma’s use of Spacek in the film, many have which have certainly achieved iconic status.
(WARNING: COPIOUS SCREENSHOTS FOLLOW!)
(This film appeared on Troy’s list at #34, Kevin’s at #49, and Robert’s at #62)