Today’s horror scene that I love comes from 1976’s Carrie.
This scene starts out on a note of happiness with Carrie (Sissy Spacek) and Tommy (William Katt) being named as Queen and King of the Prom. Things, however, get a bit ominous when Sue (Amy Irving) notices that bucket of pig’s blood and Nancy Allen and John Travolta hanging out underneath the stage. Things get even worse when the coach (Betty Buckley) refuses to listen to Sue and tosses her out of the gym.
And then suddenly, there’s blood everywhere and Piper Laurie’s chanting, “They’re all going to laugh at you …. they’re all going to laugh at you….”
Is everyone really laughing at Carrie? I believe some of them are. Norma is definitely laughing because I think the shot of the coach laughing is included to let us know that some of the laughter is strictly in Carrie’s mind. Nothing about the character would lead us to suspect that the coach would laugh. In fact, seeing as how the coach just threw out Sue, it’s debatable whether she would even be back among the crowd by the time the pig’s blood came down.
(Plus, would everyone be laughing even with Tommy, the most popular kid in school, lying dead on the stage?)
Anyway, regardless of whether they were all laughing or not, we all know what happens next!