Carrie & Sally & Leatherface Among the Film Buffs. Published in Film Comment
This is the “second draft,” from January 1976, with a few revised scenes from February and April. The final script included some revised scenes that don’t appear here, but this is very close to the shooting script… up to a point. A scene with Margaret and Carrie is included which was ultimately removed (shot 160), causing portions of the dialog to be moved to two different scenes (154 & 171). That’s the only big thing that I’m certain wasn’t filmed until we get to the prom (beginning around shot 198), most of which was revised (and/or ad-libbed) after this version. Notably, moments before Carrie brings her home crashing down, Sue Snell appears in the house — an interesting addition to the scene, though I doubt a version of this scene was filmed. The script also includes many “flash cut” and flashback segments to the locker room scene… a late page from the script that’s shown in “Acting Carrie” reveals that around 20 shots were ultimately cut from the script, and I surmise that most of these were probably all the unnecessary flashbacks.The final scene of the script (Sue’s dream) is an April 5 revision that’s pretty close to the version in the film — but the bulk of the scenes between the prom and the end underwent both minor and major revisions after this version. Okay, blah, blah, blah, I’m done…
- Alternate Locker Room Scene
- Carrie ‘76 Press
- Carrie Photos
- Virtually everything you ever wanted to know about the making of Carrie…
Mike Childs and Alan Jones interviewed Brian De Palma in London during his visit there for the opening of CARRIE. De Palma had been attempting to reconcile our request for an interview with his busy schedule and managed the trick by conducting the interview in his limousine on the way to Heathrow airport to catch a flight for Paris where OBSESSION and a delayed release of SISTERS were about to open.
Brian De Palma
Interviewed by Mike Childs and Alan Jones
Volume 6, Number 1
Scene By Scene: Brian De Palma (1998). Director Brian De Palma talks to Mark Cousins about his maverick career, his childhood and his films.