GIRLS ON HORROR (Oct. 18): Carrie

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BY KENDALL ERICKSON

Role in the horror community: Vengeful wallflower

Claim to fame: Firstly a product of Stephen King’s wicked imagination, and later a cultural icon, Carrie is a young girl with telekinetic powers and a fiercely religious and abusive mother. Unaccepted and considered weird by her peers, she is mercilessly bullied at school, and slowly is pushed to the edge by their abuse.

Weapon of choice: Her telekinetic powers 

Why they are bloody brilliant: What 90s kid who grew up with Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Matilda didn’t dream of having powers of their own? Carrie is a badass. It’s hard not to sympathize with someone who just wanted to be accepted, but was pushed too far. This is a girl who struck fear into the hearts of millions, you go girl!

First portrayed unforgettably in the 1976 adaptation by Sissy Spacek, she easily became on of horror’s most iconic characters. Several years later, Carrie got another adaptation, this time in a stage musical. Over 20 years later, the sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 followed, with a strange story in which Carrie was now a high school counselor working with another young telekinetic girl (and it gets stranger at the end). In 2002, the original story was remake for TV, with horror’s favourite Angela Bettis in the lead, and while maybe not able to surpass Spacek’s performance, definitely unforgettable in her own right. Due out this month is another remake of Carrie, this time with Chloe Grace Moretz in the titular role (not to mention, with a burgeoning female director behind the lens). Here’s hoping she’ll join the ranks of the women who did the role justice before her.

kendallA student at Dalhousie University, Kendall is a musical theatre geek and a huge fan of singing in the shower. She is a bookworm, musician and that person who literally cries during every chick flick.

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