"I should have killed myself when he put it in me...After the first time...before we were married. Ralph promised never again. He promised. And I believed him. But sin never dies. Sin never dies."
Description: Piper Laurie as Margaret White tells her teenage daughter Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) about the unwanted sexual advances of her husband in the classic horror film Carrie (1976).
Carrie White is a shy teenage girl who has lived her life with her mother, Margaret whose fanatical religious beliefs have denied Carrie a proper upbringing as to how the world really works. When Carrie questions her mother's beliefs, she is told "Go to your closet and pray, ask to be forgiven."
One day, while taking a shower at the high school gym, Carrie has her period. As the blood flows down her legs, she screams in terror, thinking that something is horribly wrong. The girls in the shower begin to laugh and toss tampons at Carrie, until the gym teacher comes to her rescue and tells her everything is fine, that she is just having a period, which is a normal thing to happen to a girl her age. As Carrie freaked out in the shower, a light bulb explodes overhead, signaling the emergence of a telekinetic power that will soon prove deadly to everyone in the school.
For humilatintg Carrie, the gym teacher severly discipline the girls for their actions. One of the girls, Sue Snell (Amy Irving) feels sorry for Carrie and she convinces her boyfriend Tommy Ross (William Katt) to take Carrie to the prom as penance for her actions. While another less forgiving teen named Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen) refuses to be punished and consequently she is banned from attending the upcoming prom. But Chris wants revenge and so she plans to be even with Carrie with the help of her boyfriend, Billy Nolan (John Travolta).
[Soon after her period, Carrie discovers she has a unique power]
|Margaret White:||Witch. Got Satan's Power.|
|Carrie White:||It has nothing to do with Satan, Mama. It's me. Me. If I concentrate hard enough, I can move things.|
As Carrie prepares for the prom, her mother objects vigorously believing that a night at the prom will lead to sex. When Carrie show off her prom gown, her mother says, "I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will." In her defense, Carrie shouts, " Breasts, Mama. They're called breasts, and every woman has them." Her mother tries to keep Carrie from going to the prom, but esacpes her mother and goes to the prom.
That evening Chris Hargensen gets her revenge on Carrie. First she rigs the voting so that Carrie and Tommy Ross are elected king and queen of the prom. Then as they stand on stage in front of all the student body, Chris and Billy Nolan pull a rope that spills a bucket load of pigs blood all over Carrie and her partner. As Carrie is reacting to the assault, the bucket falls down and knocks Tommy unconscious.
Suddenly, from within Carrie comes a psychokinetic wave of rage that closes all of the doors in the gym trapping everyone inside. Then with a thought, Carrie ignites the building, and leaves all the occupants inside to burn to death, that is except for Chris and Billy Nolan who had left the building moments before Carrie's rage exploded.
As Carrie leaves the fiery building, Chris and Billy try to run Carrie down with a car, but Carrie senses their approach, turns and using her telekinetic powers, diverts the path of the car, causing it to roll over and explode.
Searching for the comfort of home, Carrie returns home, washes away the blood and seeks the safety of her mother's arms, who then decides that her "witch" daughter must die.
"I should've killed myself when he put it in me. After the first time, before we were married, Ralph promised never again. He promised, and I believed him. But sin never dies. Sin never dies. At first, it was all right. We lived sinlessly. We slept in the same bed, but we never did it. And then, that night, I saw him looking down at me that way. We got down on our knees to pray for strength. I smelled the whiskey on his breath. Then he took me. He took me, with the stink of filthy roadhouse whiskey on his breath, and I liked it. I liked it! With all that dirty touching of his hands all over me. I should've given you to God when you were born, but I was weak and backsliding, and now the devil has come home. We'll pray. We'll pray. We'll pray. We'll pray for the last time. We'll pray."
As they pray, Margaret stabs Carrie in the back. Instinctively, Carrie retaliates by psychically throwing a volley of kitchen utensils through the air that pin her mother's arms against the wall in a makeshift crucifixion. Distraught and dying, Carrie sets her own home on fire and waits within the flames as the fire consumes her body and that of her mother.
Sue Snell survives the fire, but has nightmares in which Carrie's hand reaches from her grave and tries to pull her down to hell.
Note: In the film Flowers in the Attic (1987) Louise Fletcher as the evil grandmother reveals:
“Your mother has come home after seventeen years to repent for her sins and for her crime. Not only against your grandfather and me, but against God! Your mother’s marriage was unholy! A sacrilege! An abomination in the eyes of the Lord! She did not fall from Grace! She leapt! Into the arms of a man whose veins pulsed with the same blood as hers! Not a stranger, but her own uncle! And you, the children, are the devil’s spawn! Evil from the moment of conception!”
Grandchild Chris (Jeb Stuart Adams) rebukes his grandmother, saying, “Look at you in your black dress. Your fancy jewels. Your pinched face. We’re not afraid of you! We laugh at you! Do you hear that? We laugh!”