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Brian De Palma's Split-ScreenA Life in Film$
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Douglas Keesey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628466973

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628466973.001.0001

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The Fury (1978)

The Fury (1978)

(p.106) Chapter 11 The Fury (1978)
Brian De Palma's Split-Screen

Douglas Keesey

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter embarks on comparisons between the 1978 film, The Fury, and De Palma's previous work, Carrie (1976), both of which feature telekinetic teenagers as their main characters. Like Carrie, The Fury revolves around several scenes of traumatic witnessing, however the chapter also explores themes outside of The Fury's predecessor, such as conditioning, critiques of racism and violence, as well as the perils of pride and over-competitiveness—all of which either find their echoes in other films or in De Palma's own experiences on and off the set. Shot for $5.5 million, The Fury had the largest cast and the biggest budget of any De Palma film to date, mixing elements of teen horror and espionage thriller that might have held it back from becoming a blockbuster hit—though the chapter also suggests that it might have been its connections to Carrie that had curtailed its box office performance.

Keywords:   The Fury, Carrie, traumatic witnessing, conditioning, racism, violence, pride, over-competitiveness, teen horror, espionage thriller

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