Starring: Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz
Directed by: Kimberly Peirce
Written By: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 39 min
Was a remake of Carrie necessary? Absolutely! Horror films, like a lot of early science fiction films do not generally age all that well. While the original Carrie in 1976 is rightly considered a horror classic. It requires a certain amount of nostalgic lifting to get through now. By today’s standards the once iconic ballroom scene seems a little tame. So yes, bring on the remake and let’s use some current effects technology to amp up the action a little.
Today’s Carrie isn’t really a re-imagining. There are some new elements, for example a pretty creepy opening scene when Carrie is born. For the most part though pretty much all the key elements in the original film are present and accounted for. Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are a great mother daughter pairing and perfectly cast. Especially Julianne Moore, who is properly scary as the overly religious Margret White.
The finale though is when this film really gets good. With the available new technology, Carrie gets to really let her powers loose on her tormenters. Bodies are sent flying. Electrical cables snap at people like angry cobras, and if you were not nice to Carrie when you had the chance you were not walking out of that ballroom alive.
Your enjoyment of this pretty much depends on what you think of the original in 1976. If you love the original, then the remake is probably going to seem like a shallow ripoff or Hollywood cash grab. If you haven’t seen the original. See this one first, and then go rent the original to compare. They are pretty similar in a lot of ways, but the remake really benefits from the better special effects. Neither the original or the remake are all that scary.
Best viewing format:
Chloë Grace Moretz looks great covered in blood while she destroys her school, but you’ll enjoy this just as much at home with a HD viewing. If you don’t want to wait, a matinee is recommended.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
When the blood is dumped on Carrie. That scene always bugged me in the 76 version. In the original, the blood is dropped and Carrie hardly gets covered at all. In all the following scenes though it looked like she showered in the stuff. The remake gets this one key moment right!
Linked To: The original – Carrie (1976)