This is one of Stephen Kings most popular horror stories, which was adapted to film format by Brian de Palma in the 70’s and remade in 2013 by Kimberly Peirce.
The story is about a teenage girl who gets bullied at school and has an incredibly religious mother who tries to protect her from the horrors of teenage life. When Carrie starts her period she is scared and doesn’t know what is happening due to her mum not informing her about the female body, this causes classmates to laugh at her and even throw tampons at her. Her mother acts even worse by accusing her of having sexual relations or thoughts and locking Carrie in a cupboard to ask God for forgiveness. This is just the start of the tragic tale.
Carrie begins to realise that she has powers similar to telekinesis and studies it behind her mothers back, only to use it agains her mother later on In the film. Carrie gets invited to the prom by a popular boy, so she goes and even become prom queen however unbeknownst to everyone attending the prom some classmates have set up a prank to embarrass Carrie. So she goes up to the stage to accept her crown but after she gets her crown and some flowers when a whole bucket of pig blood gets thrown over her head. Covered in blood and feeling unloved and embarrassed Carrie retaliates using her powers to move objects around the room, she kills everyone there in anger.
When she gets home she finds her mother with a knife trying to kill her, but Carrie has the upper hand with her powers and ends up killing her mother.
Now the Brian de Palma film was iconic. The image of a teenage girl covered in blood will never leave my mind, and everything about the film from the set design to the acting is incredible and so original compared to other horror films. It is a film that people could still relate to today. That begs the question: why did it need a remake so soon? The answer is that it didn’t.
The only major difference between the films was the sense of technology. Instead of just bullying carrie on the day someone videos the event and posts it online, which is actually rather pointless considering Carrie had no means of watching it.
The shots and set design were unoriginal – in fact for a while I felt like i was watching the Brian De Palma version all over again, but then I saw a phone and sighed at the way our generation relies on technology to communicate rather than just TALKING but that’s a whole different post.
I’m not saying it was a bad film, it was a good watch especially for people who hadn’t seen the original it just wasn’t an amazing film that I would advertise to people. Even the official adverts only focused on the part of the film where Carrie goes crazy almost like the rest of the film wasn’t interesting enough to draw people in. The biggest problem the film had is that the original is still too familiar in our heads.
The acting stood out in a positive way, Chloe Grace Moretz played the unpopular girl surprisingly well considering she looks like she should be the bully. The genius who wanted Julianne Moore to play the mother really knew what they were doing, the connection between her and Chloe was undeniable and sinister feeling which was appropriate for the themes of the film. If anything watch this film for Moretz performance alone – she owned it.
If given a rating I would give it 2 out if 10 stars. The acting was great but the film ex lacked originality and heart. It’s worth a watch but not worth more that one watch. It is what I call a “popcorn flick” meaning it’s entertaining to watch but doesn’t have the qualities of a masterpiece, and would be boring on a second watch.