Back in 1976, Carrie transformed the terrors of bullying and puberty into classic horror cinema. In the intervening years, De Palma has directed such classics as Scarface, Carlito’s Way and Mission Impossible. While many of his films have been edgy thrillers with murder mystery elements, he’s mostly strayed away from horror since his now 40-year-old classic.
In the wake of last year’s #metoo explosion, particularly the takedown of Harvey Weinstein, De Palma has decided to take another stab at the topical horror film. In an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, De Palma said, “I’m writing a film about this scandal, a project I’m talking about with a French producer. My character won’t be named Harvey Weinstein but it will be a horror film, with a sexual aggressor, and it will take place in the film industry.”
I, for one, am excited to see where this goes. If it’s tastefully done in the same vein as De Palma’s previous masterpieces, this movie has the potential to shed a new light on this troubling and fraught time. Hopefully this film will provide some much needed catharsis and even some artistic and symbolic justice, that’s much needed and deserved to the countless people who have been effected by sexual harassment at the hands of those in power.