We all know that Stephen King is the best horror writer of all time, he has countless classics to prove that. Many people love his spooky stories, and I am no exclusion. One of the best horror stories I have ever read is ‘Carrie’.
Regrettably, I watched the 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek first. I just fell in love with the whole concept of the story. I just had to read the book after that.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with the storyline. A young, bullied girl in high school discovers she has telekinetic powers. Living with her controlling, religious mother and her bullying peers pushes Carrie to the edge. After being crowned prom queen, then pigs blood dropped on her, Carrie uses her powers to get revenge. Of course not everyone is so cruel to Carrie, but that isn’t enough to hold her back.
I believe there are many undertones to the plot. Including anti-bullying and also the effect of extreme religious beliefs. Carrie is an outcast, and her mother doesn’t help that. Her Mum keeps her isolated and, to me, is the main reason Carrie is so introverted.
Obviously there are differences between the book and the films. Although all the films seem to follow the same direction and each incorporate aspects of the book the other films didn’t do. As the films went on they seemed to get worse. The latest one starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie, was awful. I hated it. If you want to watch a good film adaptation of ‘Carrie’, then watch the original 1976 version I mentioned earlier.
I’ve always liked the way Stephen King writes. It’s simplistic but with great style and detail. King has, and will forever, stand the test on time as his books are loved by so many. With numerous film adaptations of his novels, he is going to be around for a very, very long time.
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