Much like comedy, horror is one of the most subjectively-received movie genres out there. Just as you can’t really argue what people think is or isn’t funny, it’s difficult to convince anyone that they’re not scared if they’re squeezing the blood right out of your closest thigh.
Brian De Palma’s 1976 version of Stephen King’s Carrie is not just one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It’s also one of the most empathetic. So the question then becomes: Why? Why would you ever think you could top that benchmark?
There was a time that the title “Carrie: The Musical” was as much synonymous with failure in musical theater lore as “Heaven’s Gate” and “Howard the Duck” were for movies. It was Carrie herself, and the entire rest of the world took relish in dumping metaphorical pig’s blood on that sacrificial lamb.
Our Top 10 list this week is a poison pen letter to cinema’s mothers we love to hate.