CAIRO – 3 November 2017: November 3 is the day that the first film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel “Carrie” premiered in limited theatres in 1976, before its wide release in November 16.
Directed by Brian De Palma, “Carrie” is the story of outcast high-school girl Carrie White, played by Sissy Spacek, who has been sheltered from the world at large by her fanatically religious mother and yearns to be able to fit in. An incident in the showers leads to Carrie being bullied by the other girls, which results in their punishment. As revenge, they aim to prank Carrie when she gets invited to the high-school prom, but things go horrifically wrong after strange powers awaken in Carrie.
Nominated for two Oscars, the film helped cement King’s place as the master of horror in the public eye and was amongst the earliest successful adaptations of his works. Another adaptation of the novel would arrive in 2002 as a TV movie, by director David Carlton. Originally intended to be a pilot for a TV series, yet poor ratings insured development for the show never materialized.
Come 2013 and Carrie would once against haunt the big screen in a remake by director Kimberly Peirce, which sets the action in more contemporary times. The remake saw moderately positive reception though barely made back its money at the box office.