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Retrofantasma

When: Fri., March 18, 7 p.m. 2011

"If you've got a taste for terror...take Carrie to the prom." That one girl's name helped launch Stephen King onto the best-seller list, director Brian DePalma into the mainstream and Sissy Spacek to stardom. Spacek's remarkably sweet yet creepy depiction of an outcast who can move things with her mind when she's upset—and the in-crowd decides to make her very, very upset on prom night—has become a horror touchstone that's often parodied and quoted. (It also inspired a musical flop so notorious that a book about Broadway flops is titled Not Since Carrie.) Look for the young John Travolta as the mean girl's jock boyfriend and Piper Laurie's classic portrayal of Carrie's psycho-religious mother (two words: "dirty pillows"); both Laurie and Spacek were Oscar-nominated for their work. You can also enjoy one of the many Carrie knockoffs with the 1978 Australian film Patrick, about a coma patient with wide-open eyes who has a thing for a nurse and some power in his mind; the film actually got director Richard Franklin the job directing Psycho II in 1983. It's a good bit of campy fun that, like every other horror film known to man, is being remade. Enjoy a double-dose of telekinetic terror starting at 7 p.m. —Zack Smith

Price: $8

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