31 Days of Horror. Day 31: Carrie

Every year we have a tradition in the Forto house where we celebrate the greatest month of the year, October, with scare your socks off, hide under the covers, turn on all the lights, sleep with one eye open, fright fest, movie marathon everynight of the month! We call it 31 Days of Horror.

Halloween Movie: Stephen King’s Carrie

The be-all, end-all movie that finishes off the 2011 version if the 31 Days of Horror Fright Fest at the Forto house is Stephen King’sCarrie.

I don’t know really why we picked this movie to end the series every year but we did. I think because years ago one of the cable channels used to play this movie every year on Halloween. It is not the best one of the bunch but it is still good.

Interesting Facts:

This was the first Stephen King novel adapted into a movie.

The name of the high school is Bates High, a reference to Norman Bates from Psycho (1960). In addition, the four note violin theme fromPsycho is used over and over in the film.

Melanie Griffith auditioned for the title role.

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.

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.

Initially, P.J. Soles was only cast for two weeks, but after she hit  Sissy Spacek over the head with her red baseball hat during the volleyball scene, Brian De Palma decided to keep her around longer. P.J. later went on to play a pivotal role in John Carpenter’s Halloween.

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.

There was originally a scene where Carrie as a little girl is caught talking to a woman sunbathing in the backyard by her mother. Margaret drags Carrie inside and Carrie makes stones rain on the house which tied with the original ending of her burying the house in a shower of boulders. The scene was dropped because the stones didn’t have the right effect.

Plot: Carrie White is a shy young girl who doesn’t make friends easily. After her class mates taunt her about her horrified reaction to her totally unexpected first period one of them takes pity on her and gets Tommy Ross, her boyfriend and class hunk to invite Carrie to the senior prom. Meanwhile another girl who has been banned from the prom for her continued aggressive behavior is not as forgiving and plans a trick to embarrass Carrie in front of the whole school. What she doesn’t realize is that Carrie is … gifted, and you really don’t want to get her angry.

What is your favorite scary and/or Halloween movie? I would love to hear from you!

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