Written by John Squires

The novel that changed Stephen King’s life, as he notes in the must-read book On Writing, was Carrie, which was originally published back in 1974. Fittingly, Carrie was also the first King novel to make the leap to the screen, the Brian De Palma-directed adaptation hitting theaters just two years after the book was published. This year, Carrie White turns 40.

In addition to a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray that Scream Factory is putting out on October 11th, it was just announced that non-profit cancer support center weSPARK and Theatre at The Ace Hotel, along with Scream Factory, will play host to a very special 40th anniversary screening of the classic film, and many of the stars will be in attendance. The cast-and-crew reunion and screening of the brand-new restoration will be paired with a 1970s-style prom party that looks to be THE must-attend horror event of the 2016 Halloween season.

From the press release…

The star-studded cast and crew reunion is set to include Carrie stars Academy Award™-nominated Piper Laurie (The Hustler), Nancy Allen(Dressed to Kill, Robocop), William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), P.J. Soles (Halloween), Academy Award™-winning editor Paul Hirsch (Star Wars: Episode IV) and Casting Director Harriett B. Helberg (The Jazz Singer). The cast will participate in a live Q&A moderated by Bryan Fuller (the creative genius behind NBC’s Hannibal, ABC’s Pushing Daisies and the upcoming series American Gods).

In an effort to raise critical funds for weSPARK Cancer Support Center in which Carrie’s Nancy Allen is Executive Director, the event will see the Ace Theater transformed with prom-themed decor, during which attendees are encouraged to dress in their best 1970s formal attire or favorite character from the film for an opportunity to pose for a photo in a special photo booth and win Best Dressed “Carrie” character Costume contest.

“I want a recount! I can’t believe “Carrie” is celebrating its 40th Anniversary! This movie changed my career much like weSPARK has changed my life, and to bring these two worlds together for good, only adds to the specialness of this celebration.” – Nancy Allen, Carrie’s, Chris Hargensen.

Tickets to the star-studded screening and Q&A will start at $25, with higher ticket tiers to include Scream Factory’s brand new 2-disc Carrie (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray release with nearly 3 hours of bonus material, a specially commissioned original poster from a local artist, access to a private VIP pre-reception, and opportunities for photos with cast and crew.

The party takes place at the historic Ace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, October 14, 2016. Head over to the Ace Hotel’s website to learn more and grab your tickets!

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