Episode 20, February 10, 2017: Carrie

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Chad's foot-grabbing child, a leaking roof, and how amazing the 70's must have been are just some of the things we discuss as we start Stephen King month with the classic, Carrie.


Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.



Show Notes:


2DudeReview - Episode 20: Carrie

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet for the picture

II. First Impressions of Carrie

III. Origin & tidbits

- First Stephen King book to be made into a movie.
- Only given a budget of $1.8 million.
- Two Academy Award Nominations for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
- Spacek wasn't first choice for the part (Betsy Slade was). She showed up without washing her face, Vaseline in her hair, and a dress that her mother made her in the seventh grade.
- Spacek insisted on doing the last scene herself, despite De Palma's objections. They put her under gravel to reach out of the grave. De Palma had Spacek's husband, who was the art director, bury her.
- Spacek isolated herself from the rest of the cast and decorated her dressing room with religious artifacts to get in character.
- Nancy Allen was last to audition. She would later marry De Palma.
- At the end, the house was to be pummelled by stones but a mechanical malfunction forced them to rewrite it to have the house burned.
- Both Allen and Laurie thought they would have comedic roles in the film.
- The high school was named Bates high as an homage to Norman Bates of Psycho fame.
- The borderline nauseating spinning scene during the prom was shot with the actors on a spinning platform while the camera was spinning in the opposite direction on a dolly.
- The prom scene took two weeks to film.
- Spacek didn't want the continuity of the prom scene ruined and refused to remove the blood, etc. She slept in the bloody clothes for three days.
- Most of the women didn't want to go nude in the first shot until De Palma showed them nude scenes Spacek shot.
- Allen was slapped 35 times to get the right take. The slaps from Travolta to her were fake.
- They had Laurie read incorrect Bible passages to show the psychotic nature of the character.
- P.J. Soles was only supposed to be on set for two weeks, but De Palma was impressed with her hitting Carrie with her baseball cap and kept her around longer.
- The look on Betty Buckley's (the gym teacher) face was real when she was killed since they hadn't tested that the prop would stop before hitting her.
- John Travolta auditioned while on lunch for Welcome Back, Kotter dressed as Vinny Barbarino. It was his first film and De Palma didn't know who he was.
- When they were filming the scene that the gym teacher was yelling at the students, De Palma was just off camera saying hateful things to Amy Irving to get the proper reaction.
- Originally there was a scene when a child, Carrie, was found talking to a sunbather by her mother. She made it rain boulders on the house (similar to next week's Rose Red).

IV. Points to discuss


- How awesome were the 1970s?
- Does this movie stand up with time?
- In the prom scene, were the students laughing or was that in Carrie's mind?

V. How rotten is Carrie? Carrie was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: B+
Brian's Grade: A-
Karina's Grade: A-