Original vs. Remake: Carrie

Welcome to another installment of Original vs. Remake. This month’s movie is Carrie. I will be talking about the 1976 original.

Tiffany A. White will talk about the 2002 made-for-TV remake this coming Friday. Next Friday, Tiffany will talk about the 2013 theatrical remake.


Let’s get started…



My homemade logline/tagline: This is what happens when the girl who is the brunt of every joke decides she’s had enough.


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About the Film

Carrie was the first of many adaptations of Stephen King’s work.  It was based on King’s first published novel, which has the same title as the film. It is regarded as one of the best films of 1976.

In 2008, Quentin Tarantino listed it as number 8 of his 11 Greatest Movies for Empire Magazine. It is listed on Entertainment Weekly‘s 50 Best High School Movies. Carrie also holds the distinction of being one of the few horror films nominated for multiple Academy Awards.

Brian DePalma (ScarfaceThe UntouchablesBody Double) served as director. Pino Donaggio composed the score as well as creating two pop songs to be used in the film’s prom sequence. 

The Actors

Sissy Spacek (Badlands, Coal Miner’s Daughter) played Carrie White. Fun factoid: Melanie Griffith also auditioned to play Carrie White.

Other actors who were new to the business at that time greatly benefited from appearing in the film.

  • William Katt, who played Tommy Ross, went on to star in the TV series The Greatest American Hero.
  • John Travolta, who played Billy Nolan, went on to star in Saturday Night FeverGrease, Urban Cowboy, and many more.
  • Edie McClurg, who played Helen Shyres, went on to play roles in A River Runs Through It and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She also contributed voices for The JetsonsThe Secret of NIMH, and  Cars 2. (and many more)
  • P.J. Soles went on to play roles in Halloween (1978), Rock ‘n’ Roll High SchoolPrivate Benjamin, and The Devil’s Rejects.

The Bottom  Line

Do you need to see the original version of Carrie? Yes. Especially if you love horror. The TV remake–in my not so humble opinion–was atrocious. I’ll be curious to see what Tiffany A. White has to say about the new theatrical remake.

The original Carrie is currently on Netflix and on Amazon Prime. If you subscribe to either of these services, you can watch the film for no additional charge.

Streaming rentals start at $2.99 on Amazon and on iTunes. The film can also be purchased in digital format on both Amazon and iTunes. The DVD or BluRay can also be purchased at Amazon.

Be sure to check out Tiffany A. White’s blog the next two Fridays to see what she thinks about the made-for-TV version of Carrie and the 2013 theatrical remake. 

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