Carrie : This movie shouldn't be considered as horror.

This movie shouldn't be considered as horror.

In my opinion, I think this movie should be categorised as intense psychological drama. Sissy Spacek portrays Carrie perfectly and I almost cried thinking about her being a lonely girl living in this cruel world in my dreams. The only scary scenes in this movie was her big scary eyes during the prom massacre and the dream sequence where Carrie's arm popped out from the gravestone.

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In my opinion, I think this movie should be categorised as intense psychological drama. Sissy Spacek portrays Carrie perfectly and I almost cried thinking about her being a lonely girl living in this cruel world in my dreams. The only scary scenes in this movie was her big scary eyes during the prom massacre and the dream sequence where Carrie's arm popped out from the gravestone.


What about Her mother hiding behind the door? Or trying to kill her with a butcher knife?

I'm always surprised when someone claims "Carrie" is not a horror film. To each his own I guess.

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I do agree.... When I first seen Carrie, the movie scared me to hell. The effects stated with me. It would make sense why a person could view the movie as "horror ". But now, I am 43 ..it still can be scary, but I listen to the song that tommy and Carrie danced to on YouTube without watching the movie, etc.....I to found the song and parts of the movie sad, the reason... I could be wrong... But at the time we would have experienced such, well some of us has been through the same thing, even boys... The ridiculing, loneliness, wanting to feel the experience of "love", etc.... We get out of school and become older ..... Oh how we forget where we came from....

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I to found the song and parts of the movie sad

The very first time I saw the film...in a public movie theater within a month or so of its initial release...the final scare, when Carrie's hand explodes from the grave to grasp Sue's wrist, had no effect on me as a fright moment. The entire audience in the theater surrounding me reacted with a great scream of horror. But I was weeping so intensely that I didn't respond in any way to the shock. For me, the core impact of this film was and remains its personal tragedy, not its horror element. IMO that is what makes it so remarkable and potent in a wide field of movies on similar subjects.

What do you think? You seem to respond to the film in a way very similar to how I respond to it.


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It's a horror movie with depth, but ultimately still a horror film.

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For me, it's clearly a Horror film due to the telekinesis aspect of the plot.

Any film with shocks and suspense that includes an "other-worldly" component move a film into the Horror genre, imo anyway.



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I disagree

This is pure horror, and I can't see categorizing it otherwise. Because the characterization and plotline are developed FAR more than ever happens in films, ordinarily, there is certainly a psychological drama going on as an undercurrent through the whole film, which adds immendely to the film's effect -- but it is a side issue, not the main plot.

Only if you considered that none of the supernatural stuff really happened, that it was all in Carrie's mind, could it be categorized primarily as a psychological drama.

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Years ago I took a college course on horror movies. One of the films we watched was Carrie; and on the midterm, we had to write an essay arguing for why Carrie was a horror movie. One of the points I made was that the character of Carrie was an outsider, someone ostracized from the group or mainstream society, a cultural monster if you will. In horror movies, the villain is often someone who doesn't fit in with society's cultural norms. Norman Bates, for example, is a grown man who still lives with his overbearing mother; he is clumsily awkward with an unusual taxidermy hobby, and he likes to peep on girls undressing--all of which sets him up to be a creepy villain. As a painfully shy loner who lives with her fanatically religious mother, Carrie too does not fit in with society's cultural norms and is, therefore, appropriately set up to be the one to unleash horror at the prom.

There were other points too, some of which I don't specifically recall right now. I still have a copy of the midterm somewhere, so when I find it, I'll reread what I wrote and edit this post.

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I think it was obviously meant to be a horror movie but I found it just sad and not scary. The only parts I found scary were the last scene with her mom and the ending scene with the dream.

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Well not every horror film has to be someone getting killed every five seconds.

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It's more Horror in a fuller sense. It is certainly not a Slasher film, but there is more to Horror than just the slashers. I certainly find Carrie's mother to be the foremost terrifying part of this movie. *beep* chilling.

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I agree.

It has horror elements for sure, but it is not a horror film per se. It's not even thriller. I'd say it's a supernatural/psychological drama film. Heck, it even plays out as Marvel origins story if you will.

Just because it has a supernatural theme doesn't mean it's horror. That is a skewed logic, because going by it you can say X Men and every other "supernatural" film is horror.

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Nah it just scared the hell out of my childhood because I was a sissy, definitely not horror. Please 😒

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Lol I agree but here's a fact: In the 70's people weren't used to horror movies like Insidious, The Conjuring, Sinister, Blair Witch Project, etc. so this, Jaws, The Exorcist, etc. were actually "terrifying" back then.

But the only thing about this movie that truly scared me was the end when they showed the crucifix. I don't know man, it just was so scary

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Like one of the other commentators above, I also took a film course in horror back in college. Wish I still had all those notes and such, but yes, horror film by definition is much more far-reaching than the slasher and ghost films so prevalent today (and back when Carrie was filmed, for that matter.) It's been a long time since that class and I certainly can't remember exactly how our professor defined horror film, but it wasn't far from this definition from filmsite.org...

"Horror Films are unsettling films designed to frighten and panic, cause dread and alarm, and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience. Horror films effectively center on the dark side of life, the forbidden, and strange and alarming events. They deal with our most primal nature and its fears: our nightmares, our vulnerability, our alienation, our revulsions, our terror of the unknown, our fear of death and dismemberment, loss of identity, or fear of sexuality."

Working from such a definition leaves little doubt that Carrie is, most certainly, a horror film.

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Disagree completely with you and everyone who agreed with you. I really get sick of this snotty misconception that horror films can't be emotional, can't have depth, can't deal with psychology, can't have good characterizations and can't be artfully made. A movie doesn't need to be Friday the 13th with someone getting hacked up every couple of minutes to be a horror film. It's about the journey and where you end up. The entire film builds up to a horrific scene at the prom followed by a horrific scene at home when Carrie and her mother clash followed by a horrific nightmare sequence. There are numerous little eerie moments sprinkled throughout leading up to her finally unleashing her powers at the prom, like her breaking her mirror and then somehow mending it, her getting locked in the closet with the Jesus statue, etc.

People need to get over thinking that calling a movie a horror film is some insult. It's not. Some of the most powerful and influential movies ever made have been horror films.

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I agree that I wouldn't consider this a horror film anymore.

Maybe when I was young it might have been, but today I would describe it more as a 'supernatural tragedy'.

Don't get me wrong fans, I really like this film, and whilst watching I felt sadness for Carrie and in a way could relate to her as I was lonely and bullied at school as well back in the day. I was rooting for Carrie when she went to town on everyone at the ball, but at the end she still died and her mother tried to kill her. The 'good guy' died, as it were.

Perhaps it's due to the fact that the power of the horror elements has faded in time, I don't know. To me when I think of horror shows I think of films like Cannibal Holocaust, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, August Underground, Serbian Film, Salo, I Spit on Your Grave, Last House, Faces of Death, etc. But each their own - if you disagree and you still see it as a horror film, that's perfectly fine. Maybe I shouldn't let splatterfests define my horror critera :-p

The ending where her hand jumps out the ground still gets to me though! ha.

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The ending where her hand jumps out the ground still gets to me though! ha.




I'm just old enough to recall when CARRIE came out, but I didn't see it until it came on TV late one Sunday night as a kid, and honestly, that was the only part of the film that honestly scared the s*** out of me. And,yeah, it's a horror film. I grew up on horror films---my whole family used to watch them together, so I love them---not the slasher types (though I like a few of those) but the kind that really scare you without all the blood and gore, the kind that really get at what freaks you out and what scares you in the night----fear of the unknown, basically. Anyway, there's some new and recent ones I gotta watch myself, so ee ya later!

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It's primarily a horror but it does incorporate other genres.

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Agreed OP. This movie is a screwball comedy

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A horror film IS often a 'supernatural tragedy'. Peoples scope of genres is strangely narrow, especially when it comes to horror. Just because the movie isn't centered around gore doesn't mean it's not horror. Think of Rosemary's Baby, or even Psycho; the latter often being an archetype of the genre but is not even supernatural.

Horror movies have become increasingly violent since the 1980s, often so much so that plot and character are sacrificed. That's too bad really, though there are some notable exceptions.

Just re-watched this today and Carrie is indeed a movie with depth, but this doesn't neccesarily preclude it as something other than horror. Chronenberg's remake of The Fly IS actually a gory picture but is more akin to a romantic horror, perhaps a style more fashionable in the very early days of movie horror.

Perhaps peoples narrow expectations contributes to the less-than radical output of contemporary horror movies.
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