1976. USA. Dir: Brian De Palma. With Sissy Spacek, John Travolta. 98 min.
“If you’ve got a taste for terror…take Carrie to the prom.” Forget the typical high school movie schmaltz – De Palma depicts adolescent days as the true horror they really are. Sure, your personal coming-of-age may not have involved telekinesis and pig’s blood, but things were different in the 70s.
1983. USA. Dir: Brian De Palma. With Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer. 170 min.
Yes, that sketchy guy in your dorm has this poster on his wall. Even now, he’s probably imploring everyone within earshot to bid greetings to his diminutive pal. But he knows something you might not: this movie’s damn good, a deliberately gratuitous and stylishly violent critique of American excess in the grand tradition of the gangster movie genre.