Brian De Palma
Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, John Travolta
4.6what movies are
Aired Monday, October 30, 2017
The guys bust out the ruffled tuxedos and pig blood buckets for this week's podcast on Brian De Palma's 1976 Stephen King adaptation, Carrie. They talk about King's affinity for over-the-top bullies — a group of which featured in Carrie among his most psychotic, fronted by John Travolta and Nancy Allen — the touching and incredibly acted performance from Sissy Spacek in the role of the title character, and the ways in which the film brings baddies from both within the home and without, a feature that continually pushes forth a very claustrophobic and caged-in representation of a high school girl being sent deeper into herself over the course of the film. Lucky for her, and pretty unlucky for just about everyone else — from her mother (Piper Laurie) to her prom date (William Katt) to the only authority figure to show any sort of compassion, despite beating the hell out of everyone else (Betty Buckley) — what Carrie finds when she ventures deeper inside of herself is a super-power. Not bad. It's just too bad that an entire school of people had to die for Sue (Amy Irving) to learn her lesson about tampon-tossing.
12:20 Carrie Introduction
14:30 Stephen King's Affinity for Losers
18:00 Carrie vs. The Untouchables
20:50 Sissy Spacek's Performance/Carrie's Vulnerability
24:00 Seeing Carrie for the First Time
27:10 Why the Film and Novel Resonate
32:20 What are the Ingredients for Movie Magic?
36:00 Clark's Corner: Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Genre Game, Lestat-Approved?