Carrie becomes the first of King’s novels to be adapted into a feature film. Directed by Brian Da Palma and starring Sissy Spacek and John Travolta, the film grosses $33.8 million after being filmed on a $1.8 million budget. King believed Da Palma depicted his character perfectly.
Carrie White is a sadly mis-used teenager, an example of the sort of person whose spirit is so often broken for good in that pit of man- and woman-eaters that is your normal suburban high school. But she’s also Woman, feeling her powers for the first time and, like Samson, pulling down the temple on everyone in sight at the end of the book.