Carrie (18) + intro
Date: Wednesday 1st August
Prices: £14.90 back sofas, £12 front sofas, £10.50 std, £7.50 concs
Over 40 years since it was released, Brian de Palma’s Carrie is still one of – if not the best – adaptation of a Stephen King story. That might sound like faint praise when films like The Langoliers exist, but there’s something very special about de Palma’s film, which encapsulates the true horrors of being a teenager by embracing the unbridled nastiness at the heart of King’s best work.
Sissy Spacek plays the titular teen, bullied by both her classmates and her religious nutter of a mother (Piper Laurie). When she discovers she has latent telekinetic powers, the stage is set for a prom to remember as a young woman takes revenge on the monsters who have tormented her.
A bucket of pig’s blood and crucifixion by flying knives might seem over-the-top, but there’s more truth about the teenage experience in this film than a million high school US dramas. The screening will be introduced by University of Wolverhampton lecturer and Electrolyte writer Ed Jackson, who should probably check the rafters before he starts talking.