The Relocation of Monstrosity: An Analysis of Horror in Brian De Palma’s Carrie


  • Mike Harris Thorn Mount Royal University



The presence and expression of monstrosity, violence, and terror confirm Carrie’s status as a horror film. It is traditional in its use of visual cues such as darkness, blood and abnormality as sources of fear. In this sense, it obeys the conventions of its genre and embraces its iconography. However, the initially normative and ultimately transformative examination of monstrosity solidifies its position as an atypical horror film. The protagonist’s normalized environment is revealed to be a sinister setting, to the extent that its monstrosity becomes contagious. Carrie’s alterity is not inherently terrifying; she is pushed to terrifying measures by the social body that victimizes her.


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