On November 3, 1976, the horror film, “Carrie” was released. The film, based on the 1974 Stephen King novel of the same name, was directed by Brian De Palma, and starred Sissy Spacek as the titled character. Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving, and John Travolta appeared in supporting roles.
The film focused on a 17-year-old outcast, who is emotionally abused by her overly protective Christian mom, as well as taunted by her fellow classmates. She becomes the victim of a high school prank during prom involving pig’s blood, to which Carrie uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to wreak havoc amongst those who mistreated her.
The film was a critical and commercial success, receiving two Academy Awards — Spacey for Best Actress and and Laurie for Best Supporting Actress. The film itself has also achieved a cult following, as well as the first of Stephen King’s publications to be adapted onto film or television. In addition, the film has found itself placed on various lists praising its impact on the horror genre, with Bravo ranking it at number eight on its “The 100 Scariest Movie Moments” special, and American Film Institute including it on its “100 Greatest Cinema Thrills.”
In 2013, a remake was released starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White, and Julianne Moore as Carrie’s mother, Margaret White. While the film received mixed reviews, it was commercially successful.