Carrie (1976)

Based on the first Stephen King novel, Carrie remains anxiety-inducing not because of the literal bucket of blood, but because of the high-school cruelty that still rings in the souls of anyone who experienced it.

The casual bullying, from a time when it was much more tolerated than it is today, is as upsetting to watch as it ever was, making this one of the most profoundly upsetting horror movies for anyone who’s ever gone to high school. (It’s even scarier if you see it before high school and think is what it will be like.)

It’s very much a product of its time — when everyone was a little less concerned with people’s feelings, and the results could be grim.

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