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Cat's Eye & Carrie

When: Fri., Sept. 15, 7 p.m. 2017

There's been a recent resurgence in Stephen King adaptations, notably the new theatrical version of It, and, less notably, The Dark Tower. The Carolina Theatre must have noticed, and booked this double feature of two old King films. Cat's Eye, filmed and partially set in Wilmington, blends two King tales with a third original story, all linked by a cat that meanders through the action. In short, James Woods discovers an unfortunate way to quit smoking, Robert Hays of Airplane! makes a deadly bet, and Drew Barrymore, who starred in the King-based, Wilmington-filmed Firestarter the previous year, has some troll trouble. It's not the best-known King adaptation or even the best one filmed in Wilmington. (That would be the King-directed, coke-addled Maximum Overdrive, which isn't technically "good" but is memorable for sheer insanity.) But it has a strong standing among King fanatics, and it's paired with an unquestioned classic: Brian De Palma's 1976 adaptation of Carrie, with Sissy Spacek's unforgettable turn as the oppressed girl with mental powers who has a very bad time at the prom. Remade a couple of times and ripped off many more, Carrie has a raw power and its dark satire still bites—dated hair, split-screens and all. After more than four decades of these adaptations, we'll skip the obvious "once and future King" joke and just advise you to check these out. —Zack Smith

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