“Carrie” Remake Film Review

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Why the bloody hell did they remake Carrie!


Film #5 of 2014: Carrie (2013) image

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

The tagline on the poster reads…

Ya, we know the story too..

If you are a film and horror fan, there is no doubt you have probably seen the 1974 horror classic Carrie by Brian De Palma by now. The story has become a touchstone to generations of misfits and outsiders. It has spawned more then enough adaptations. There was a sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 (which I loved back in 1999), a made for TV Carrie remake in 2002 written by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and believe it or not, even  a Broadway musical. With all these reincarnations of Stephen King’s classic tale why did Hollywood feel they needed to do it again? Probably the point of most remakes, to cash in on what already is a success.

While this wasn’t a bad remake, it added nothing new to the original and didn’t do anything different to make it fit the times. The only modern elements were cell phones and YouTube. The pig scene seemed far fetched, and having no police at Carrie’s house in the ending scene lacked attention to detail.

I also felt they didn’t really give a good reason why Carrie was being picked on.There was only one scene prior to the infamous period scene. It felt like the film skipped a lot of back-story that could have shed more light on this. I also think they should have spent more time on Carrie developing her powers.

Chloe Moretz, though did a good performances, didn’t seem to fit the role. At times I felt like she was acting rather than feeling. She hunches her shoulders and looks at the floor, but there’s nothing in her quiet moments that makes you believe this is a traumatized, oddball outcast – or someone capable of bloody revenge.

This was still a fun watch, but another remake that really didn’t need to happen. And as bad as it sounds, you are still routing for Carrie to take down the “mean girl” at the end – because she acts so idiotic and jealous. I guess we all have a bit of Carrie in us, and while a story like this will continue to be told even in years to come.

Rating: OK | 6/10

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