Carrie is a modest but effective shock-suspense drama about a pubescent girl, her evangelical mother and cruel schoolmates.
Stephen King’s novel, adapted by Lawrence D. Cohen, combines in unusual fashion a lot of offbeat story angles. Sissy Spacek heads cast in title role of an ugly duckling type schoolgirl.
Nancy Allen and other classmates, who normally berate her anyway, really go to town on the girl, until gym teacher Betty Buckley comes to her rescue.
At home, Carrie’s mother is a dried-up, abandoned wife-turned-religious freak, played superbly by Piper Laurie, which explains in part the girl’s ignorance. At the same time, Carrie discovers that, with intense concentration, she can make physical objects move.
1976: Nominations: Best Actress (Sissy Spacek), Supp. Actress (Piper Laurie)