November 3rd, 2016 marks the 40th anniversary for the iconic horror movie: Carrie. Directed by Brian De Palma, the film has placed author Stephen King’s words on the big screen to create a masterpiece. Carrie’s telekinetic powers are known to wreak complete chaos and havoc onto her high school during prom and things are never the same. The film has become a staple in every horror fan and film fan’s collection.
In celebration of this film’s anniversary, I’ve compiled some of the most interesting movie trivia about Carrie. Hope you enjoy!
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Stephen King based Carrie White on two girls he knew while at school, both were social outcasts from deeply religious families and both died while still in their twenties.
When Sissy Spacek was preparing for her character, she isolated herself from the rest of the ensemble, decorated her dressing room with heavy religious iconography and studied Gustave Doré’s illustrated Bible. She studied “the body language of people being stoned for their sins,” starting or ending every scene in one of those positions.
The prom scene took over two weeks to shoot and required a total of 35 takes.
In real life, Sissy Spacek attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen.
The pig’s blood dumped on Sissy Spacek was karo syrup and food coloring, although she was willing to have real blood dumped on her.
While filming the bloody prom sequence, Sissy Spacek’s trailer was parked behind the set. After being covered in fake blood, for continuity purposes, Spacek refused to wash the effect off. She elected instead to sleep in her bloody clothes for three days of filming.
Sue Snell and her mother are played by real-life daughter and mother Amy Irving and Priscilla Pointer.