The first of his stories to be made into a movie, Carrie was anything but scary for Stephen King, who sold the Hollywood rights for $2,500 and was so unknown at the time that they misspelled his name in the trailer. John Travolta, in his first big-screen role, also smiles through to the end. One of those rare horror films that breaks out of its niche, Carrie found an audience with everyone who was teased by the popular kids in high school.

Director: Brian De Palma

Screenplay by: Lawrence D. Cohen

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award® for Best Actress Spacek, Supporting Actress Laurie

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