Monday Morning Scare: Carrie (1976)

Welcome to the first Monday Morning Scare – a new weekly feature where we re-visit a different classic scare from past favourite horror films.

In our inaugural Monday Morning Scare, we re-visit one of the best jump-scares in horror film history from a classic – the climatic dream sequence from Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976). This was the first film treatment of horror master Stephen King’s work and still ranks as one of the best adaptation of a King novel. Carrie had all the trademarks of DePalma’s bravado film-making style and despite attempts to re-visit or remake it, DePalma’s original vision still remains the definitive version. Its climatic ending so effectively replicated the feeling of a bad dream and DePalma masterfully draws out the suspense before the ultimate scare; you know something bad is just waiting to happen but you can’t look away.

Source: Where’s the Jump (YouTube)

One thing that makes this jump-scare stand out from others is that long after the initial adrenaline rush has dissipated there’s still a lingering feeling of dread. This is the type of horror film ending that’s likely to convince you to leave the lights on at night.

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Author: Andrew Welsh

I am a Criminology professor in Canada but I've always had a passion for horror films. Over the years I've slowly begun incorporating my interest in the horror genre into my research. After years of saying I wanted to write more about horror I have finally decided to create my own blog where I can share some of my passion and insights into the films I love.

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