Stephen King is the most famous horror author of all time, his name even garnering more recognition than Poe or Lovecraft nowadays. He is also one of the authors most adapted to film. And we have had our share of really great, really terrible and mediocre adaptations. Among the best of the horror adaptations are The Shining (although it is a great movie, hard to say if it is a good adaptation as if differs so greatly), The Mist, Misery, Salem’s Lot, and The Dead Zone, but one of the all time greats, and one of the most beloved, has to be Brian De Palma’s Carrie. Released in 1976 the film was a huge hit and has since spawned two remakes, a sequel and even a musical. This month, just in time for Halloween, Shout Factory has released a new 2 disc Collectors Edition of the original Carrie and it is a keeper.
Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is not your ordinary American teenager. She is painfully shy and has a strictly religious disturbed mother (Piper Laurie). And on top of that she is beginning to discover she may have extraordinary telekinetic powers. When popular Tommy Ross (William Katt) asks her to the prom she couldn’t be more excited and finds herself starting to finally gain the confidence she has always wanted. But nasty schoolmate Chris (Nancy Allen) and her boyfriend Billy (John Travolta) despise Carrie and plan a prank at prom that may not just ruin the night for Carrie but may prove deadly for the entire town.
Carrie is simply a horror masterpiece. When a director of De Palma’s caliber takes on fantastic material like King’s Carrie, the results are astounding. The movie is emotional, funny, touching, authentic, tense and horrific. Everyone in the cast is top notch, Spacek and Laurie give incredible Oscar Nominated performances and the third act is the stuff of legend in horror history. And Carrie holds up even today after 40 years. The new Carrie Collectors Edition sports a stunning new 4K restoration from the original negative, a new 6 part documentary going crazy in depth into the making of the film, a great episode of Horror’s Hallowed Grounds visiting the original shooting locations, and a great selection of vintage special features as well. Carrie is among the greatest horror films ever and this new edition is everything you could ask for in a definitive Blu-ray. Very highly recommended.