Carrie is a remake of the classic 1976 Brian De Palma horror movie based on the novel by Stephen King. Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer.
This movie tells the tale of Carrie White. Carrie is an outcast in her school with no friends. Her Mum is a self harming religious fanatic who will not allow Carrie to dress like other girls her age as she sees it as been too provocative, so the homemade granny clothes she makes her wear conceals her true beauty. Carrie is shy and lonely and bullied by the ‘mean girls’ in her school. When Carrie gets her first period it happens in the showers at school in front of everyone and as her mother has not explained the changes in a woman’s body to her, she is petrified and thinks she is dying. The girls see this as an opportunity to laugh at and humiliate this innocent young girl. This humiliation triggers Carries telekinetic abilities.
The movie sticks very close to the original with some modernisation thrown in, in the form of using social media to further humiliate Carrie White following her incident in the showers. I thought Chloe Grace Moretz played the part very well. Let’s face it, no one was ever going to be as good as Sissy Spacek but she did a good job. As a viewer you could connect with the character and I truly felt her pain. I thought Julianne Moore played the psycho mother very well and I will never forget the line she said to Carrie when she had her revealing prom dress on. I won’t ruin it for you by saying it!! But it made me LOL.
This remake will certainly introduce Carrie to a new audience but if you have seen the original there is not much new. I will say though that the climax of the movie had more epic death scenes. I enjoyed the movie and compared to some horrid remakes of recent times this will be up there with the Evil Dead remake. Not a bad job!!!