‘Carrie’ Selected For The National Film Registry

by Thomas Tuna

That prom scene from hell is now truly immortal.

Carrie–the 1976 Brian De Palma adaptation of Stephen King’s first published novel–this week made the Library of Congress’ annual list of 25 films to be enshrined in the National Film Registry, according to a report on Deadline.

Each year, the National Film Preservation Board adds to the National Film Registry up to 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” films–showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness of its preservation. A movie becomes eligible for inclusion after 10 years of its original release.

Carrie–helmed by De Palma from a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen (and based on King’s classic 1974 novel)–stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy 16-year-old who’s constantly mocked and bullied at her school–and who ultimately gets her revenge during the unforgettable prom night scene.

The film–the first of more than 100 film and TV adaptations of the horror master’s works–also starred Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, William Katt and John Travolta. Both Spacek and Laurie were nominated for Oscars for their performances, and the film raked in $34 million at the box office on a budget of around $2 million.

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