Carrie (1976)

USA, 1976
35mm, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Brian De Palma and based on a novel by Stephen King.

Plot Summary

Painfully shy Carrie White is bullied by her classmates and domineered by her religious fanatic mother. But she’s also started developing psychic powers which she unleashes in full force when she’s set up with a date to the school prom which goes horribly wrong.


Directed by: Brian Depalma
© MCMLXXVI [1976] United Artists Corporation
Metro Goldwyn Mayer [logo]. United Artists [logo]. A Paul Monash production. A Brian Depalma film
Produced by: Paul Monash
Associate Producer: Louis A. Stroller
Screenplay by: Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the Novel by: Stephen King
Director of Photography: Mario Tosi
Edited by: Paul Hirsch
Music: Pino Donaggio
Sound Mixer: Bertil Hallberg
Costume Designer: Rosanna Norton
Makeup: Wesley Dawn
Hair Stylist: Adele Taylor
Special Effects: Gregory M. Auer
Art Directors: William Kenney, Jack Fisk

Sissy Spacek (Carrie [White])
Amy Irving (Sue Snell)
William Katt (Tommy Ross)
Nancy Allen (Chris Hargenson)
John Travolta (Billy Nolan)
Betty Buckley (Miss Collins)
P.J. Soles (Norma [Watson])
Sydney Lassick (Mr Fromm)
Stefan Gierasch (Mr [Henry] Morton)
Priscilla Pointer (Mrs [Eleanor] Snell)
Piper Laurie as Margaret White
Michael Talbott (Freddy DeLois)
Doug Cox (The Beak)
Harry Gold (George [Dawson])
Noelle North (Freida [Jason])
Cindy Daly (Cora [Wilson])
Deirdre Berthrong (Rhonda [Wilson])
Anson Downes (Ernest [Peterson])
Rory Stevens (Kenny)
Edie McClurg (Helen [Shyres])
Cameron De Palma (boy on bicycle [Bobby Erbeter])

Alternative Titles

Carrie – Des Satans jüngste Tochter – West German title
Carrie au bal du diable – French title
Carrie, a Estranha – Brazilian title
Carrie, lo sguardo di Satana – Italian title
Carrie Extraño presentimiento – Mexican title
Ekrixis orgis – Greek title
Günah tohumu – Turkish title
Keri – Serbian title
Kiusaajat – Finnish title

The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999

See also
Carrie (2002)
Carrie (2013)

Extracts included in
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003)
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010)
Acting Carrie (2001)
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Thrills: America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001)
Best! Movies! Ever!: Proms (2007)
Brian De Palma, l’incorruptible (2002)
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)
Cinemania: Stephen King O vasilias tou tromou (2009)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
Great Movie Mistakes (2010)
I Love the ’70s: 1976 (2003)
Precious Images (1986)
SexTV: Dark Desires Sexuality in the Horror Film (2003)
Squirm (1976)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Visualizing Carrie (2001)
The Witching Hour (1996)



  • Cinéaste vol.8 no.1 (1977) pp.37-40 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.5 no.3 (Winter 1977) p.20 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.6 no.1 (Summer 1977) pp.4-13 – interview with De Palma
  • Delirium no.26 (2021) pp.6-9 – illustrated interview with Pino Donaggio (Melodies of madness and monsters by Michael Gingold)
  • Empire no.114 (December 1998) p.170 – illustrated article (Classic scene)
  • Empire no.125 (November 1999) p.146 – DVD review (DVD to buy)
  • Empire no.216 (June 2007) pp.160-161 – illustrated article (The Top 10: shower scenes by Ian Nathan)
  • Empire no.226 (April 2008) pp.119-124 – illustrated interview (In conversation with Brian De Palma by Adam Smith)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.495 (23 July 1999) pp.25-30 – illustrated article (25 Scariest Movies of All Time)
  • Fangoria no.208 (November 2001) p.65 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)
  • Fangoria no.238 (November 2004) pp.50-55 – illustrated interview (Stephen King’s scariest movie moments by Anthony Timpone)
  • Film Comment vol.13 no.1 (January/February 1977) pp.14-17 – review
  • Film Score Monthly vol.3 no.1 (January 1998) p.45 – soundtrack review (Ryko rocks on by John Bender)
  • Films and Filming vol.23 no.5 (February 1977) pp.38-39, 47-49 – illustrated preview
  • Films Illustrated vol.6 no.65 (January 1977) p.166 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.240 no.25 (5 March 1976) p.18 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.240 no.32 (16 March 1976) p.36 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.243 no.41 (1 November 1976) p.4 – review
  • Jump Cut no.14 (March 1977) pp.9-10 – review
  • Literature/Film Quarterly vol.9 no.1 (1981) pp.32-39 – article
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.44 no.516 (January 1977) pp.3-4 – credits, synopsis, review (by Richard Combs)
  • Movie no.25 (December 1977) pp.20-24 – review
  • Premiere vol.14 no.12 (August 2001) pp.60-63, 104 – illustrated interviews (There’s something about Carrie by Josh Rottenberg)
  • Screen vol.24 no.3 (May/June 1983) pp.4-18 – article
  • Screen vol.43 no.4 (Winter 2002) pp.403-422 – illustrated article (Glamorous witchcraft: gender and magic in teen film and TV by Rachel Moseley)
  • Screen International no.71 (22 January 1977) p.20 – illustrated review (The new films by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Screen International no.74 (12 February 1977) p.4 – note (Carrie’ dominates Avoriaz by Catherine Dodds)
  • Sight & Sound vol.11 no.10 (October 2001) p.66 – illustrated review (No-zone layer: flesh and blood by Mark Olsen)
  • Starburst no.28 (1980) pp.36-37 – review
  • Starburst Special no.87 p.146 – illustrated article (Fright of your life by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Take One vol.5 no.6 (January 1977) pp.36, 38 – review
  • Variety 3 November 1976 p.27 – credits, review
  • Vertigo vol.3 no.3 (Autumn 2006) p.55 – illustrated note (Ann Course and Paul Clark tell us what they like and why… by Ann Course and Paul Clark)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.309 – illustrated credits, review
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.343-347 – illustrated credits, review
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.2, 5, 99-101, 108, 110-112, 130, 160, 173, 186, 187, 189, 195
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.49-50 – illustrated credits, review (by K.R.H. [Karen R. Hamer])
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.309
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.376, 393
  • Film Review 1977-1978 by F. Maurice Speed p.127 – credits
  • The Films of Stephen King by Ann Lloyd pp.12-15 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Films of Stephen King: From Carrie to Secret Window by Tony Magistrale (ed) pp.11-23 – illustrated essay (The queen bee, the prom queen, and the girl next door: Teen hierarchical structures in Carrie by Alison M. Kelly
  • Hollywood’s Stephen King by Tony Magistrale pp.21-50 – chapter (The lost children)
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.52 – credits
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.136 – credits, review
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.383-389 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester 2 p.40-41 – illustrated credits, review
  • Stephen King und Seine Filme by Andreas Kasprzak pp.14-21 – illustrated article, credits
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani p.83 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review