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Carrie

Released 1976
Distributor United Artists

Stephen King’s potboiler about a troubled teen with psychic powers was all the inspiration Brian De Palma needed to create a modern classic combining bloody exploitation shocks with brilliantly played dysfunctional family drama. Audiences were beguiled by Sissy Spacek’s heartbreaking portrayal of the ultimate wallflower while terrified by Piper Laurie’s hilarious and horrifying mom-from-hell. Both Spacek and Laurie were nominated for Oscars.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.