Who, Carrie?...A sackcloth?!
After Norma asks her what's Carrie gonna wear to the Prom
Clean it up! Clean it up!
during the shower scene

Helen Shyres is a character from Carrie (1976). She is portrayed by Edie McClurg

She is one of the minor characters and took place on throwing tampons at Carrie, even though she has lines in the film. 


Helen was a bully of Carrie, a member of The Mortimer Snerds and the best friend of Sue and Norma. She was present during the shower scene and also at Miss Collins's detention. During the boot camp style detention, Helen is seen making a very wincy face, because of her being in Miss Collins' detention and not in another teacher's detention probably because she is bad at sports.

Helen's Death

Helen is than seen getting her hair done for the Prom with Norma and laughing because Carrie is going to the Prom. and she is later seen for a split-second helping Frieda and Sue in the decorations. She attended the Prom only to serve drinks along with Ruth During the prank Helen is very shocked and speechless. Carrie also hallucinates Helen is laughing. When Carrie starts to close the doors with her TK, Helen quickly panics. When the mayhem begins, Helen tries to escape with Ruth, but is unable to and is killed when she is knocked roughly over one of the tables and slamming on the hard ground. Ruth and another guy can be seen attending to her body but it appears to be too late. Her body burns with all the other students as the building crumbles to the ground, as Carrie begins to leave the burning gym.


  • Edie McClurg originally had no dialogue in any part of the film, so she decided to improvise instead.
  • In the original script, Helen was giggling in the corner with fear, when Tommy gets hit by the bucket.
  • Helen is the 1st Mortimer Snerds member to be killed by Carrie.
  • Helen is reincarnated in The Rage: Carrie 2 as Deborah.
  • Many thought she was a reformed character, but she turned out to be a bully because she enjoyed throwing tampons at Carrie. 
  • During the detention, Miss Collins mistakenly called her Katie. 
  • A lot of fans also thought she turned nicer later because of her being shocked, but this was false. 


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