In 1976 Stephen King’s Carrie came to life on the big screen, only two years after the novel had been released. It was history in the making, a horror film that would go on to be played every year around this time in many households. Although the hardback only sold 13,000 copies in the first release, the paperback would go on to sell over one million.
It would become a Broadway musical in 1988. 1999 brought a sequel to the big screen, and a television movie in 2002. Today a new theatrical remake will follow in the original 1976 movie’s cinema footsteps. Are you ready to relive a good bone-chillin’ Stephen King fright and step out to the movies for this one?
Carrie is the story about a shy young high school girl – an outcast ― who discovers she has a special ability. The ability is triggered by what would be a traumatic experience for any young girl, and the ability is one we now know as telekinesis.
Telekinesis: The ability to move objects from one place to another without physical contact. It may also be considered the re-shaping of objects using the mind’s energies.
Deriving from Psychokinesis we look to the Greek for the words origin
“Psyche”, meaning mind, soul, spirit, heart, or breath.
“Kinesis” meaning motion, movement, which is translated to “mind-movement.”
Lacking a proper understanding of telekinesis, it has been mistaken for many things, witchcraft and poltergeist activity among them.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if it was tomorrow’s new superpower?
That day may be closer than you may have thought. At the University of Minnesota, through a noninvasive technique called electroencephalography (a unique brain-computer interface that records the electrical activity of the subjects’ brain) they have made telekinesis possible. No chips or implants necessary. It’s all done by use of an EEG cap fitted with 64 electrodes.
I don’t see this as being put to use with the mass public anytime soon. But imagine the possibilities. With this technology a quadriplegic would be able to type on the keyboard with merely a thought or control the television without help. Yes, it will make massive strides in the betterment of handicapped lives.
Take a look at what they’ve done…
Pretty amazing stuff. Don’t you agree?
I don’t think it’s any secret that the human mind is capable of far more than we’ve tapped into. The answer to unlocking those hidden talents? Practice. So if you want to be moving furniture around your home some day without breaking a sweat you best start concentrating on bending spoons with your mind soon. It’s going to be a very long path from where we are now to where Carrie was in the 1976 movie.
Speaking of Carrie, how do you think you would react if you happened across someone with her level of telekinesis? Would you be amazed? Or would you freak and run away? Here’s what happened when a group of unsuspecting patrons were introduced to just that situation.
That was a serious prank. And one fantastic movie promo. That video went viral in a day. You can ask for better publicity than that. Will it draw the numbers to the box office? I guess we’ll find out this weekend. Will you step out to see the remake of Carrie? Did you see the original on the big screen? Or was it a more intimate experience for you? Or are you one of those who have yet to see the famous scream flick?
Share with us your Carrie and telekinetic stories. We’re dying to hear them.
4 thoughts on “Stephen King’s Carrie: Telekinesis–Tomorrow’s Superpower?”
Well I agree that the mind has a lot more ability than anyone will ever use in their lifetime. I’m not sure I’d want to wear an electrode cap though. I’d like to think of typing as exercise so I don’t want to give up that task.
What I’d love is the ability to twitch my nose like Samantha Stevens in Bewitched and make things happen; things like cleaning the shower, folding the laundry, cooking dinner. That would be a cool super power.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
I couldn’t agree more. I would love it if all those chores could do themselves with the twitch of a nose. Sure would make our lives easier, wouldn’t it?
I know the mind is very powerful. I use it a lot myself in many ways. Just imagining something can bring that event in to your life. What you think about comes to pass.
When I was little, I was walking down a country road and a car came screaming around the corner. I blinked and was about 50 feet away in the middle of my neighbor’s yard. I am thinking teleportation. That has happened to me twice. I have done astral travel. The mind is fascinating.
Let’s try this again. I left a response several days ago. It would appear WP ate it. Sigh. I highly doubt I can be as witty the second time around.
What is it they say…”Believe and it shall be so.” It’s about the power of the mind. Just as you are saying. It’s similar to a new tag line I’ve been playing with. Believing is half the journey. Young minds haven’t learned to be as skeptical or as tainted as their older counter parts yet. They are capable of much more than we are. It’s really quite amazing. Wonderful story, Scott. Thanks so much for sharing.