Excerpt: Originally slated for a March 2013 release, Carrie was delayed nearly 7 months to October. That is generally a good month for horror film. Carrie had a solid opening weekend, but had a huge drop in the following weeks (not unusual for horror films). The film is based on the novel by Stephen King and the 1976 film directed by Brian De Palma. This time Carrie is played by Chloe Grace Moretz. Julianne Moore plays her mother in this version.
Excerpt: Was anyone asking for a remake of Carrie , the 1976 film by Brian De Palma horror classic? This remake goes back to the original source, attempting to re-imagine Stephen King’s iconic novel for 2013. That is a noble goal but this update is a miss-fire on many levels, from the questionable performances by its stars to an awkward script.
Excerpt: Though I probably won't live to see it, I fervently hope in the next couple of centuries, Carrie White will take the ranks of Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyan as an American folk figure (though, it must be said, she's not quite the "hero" that Appleseed and Bunyan are). Her story, though, is perfect for mythologizing.
Summary: This last October brought a distressing lack of horror offerings in what’s supposed to be the spookiest time of the year. Insidious: Chapter 2 opened earlier, and the newest Paranormal Activity got pushed off its customary October perch. (Heck, even Carrie was originally supposed to open this past March.) The scariest thing I’ve seen this year might be the box office performance of The Fifth Estate .
Conclusion: I understand how painful it can be to see one of your favorite films remade, but it's worth noting that if you love something very much, no matter how good the remake is, it will never compare to the real thing. For those who know Brian De Palma's 'Carrie,' Kimberly Peirce's 'Carrie' will never live up to it – but that doesn't mean that it can't be an equal in the eyes of those who are either too young or cinematically inexperienced to know De Palma's.
Conclusion: Obvious care and craftsmanship went into the new Carrie , but I suspect that anyone familiar with the original will watch it ticking off the similarities and differences between it and De Palma's version rather than being drawn into the world of the film. Viewers new to the story may be entertained, but I suspect they may wonder what all the fuss was about.
Conclusion: Oh wow! You made it this far, huh? Well, I guess there’s a reason you are here then. You’re a fan! Good! You’re in the right place! I have a pre-order link for you down below. If you are unsure of whether or not this movie should have been made in the first place, then you’re in luck too! There’s a Redbox near you somewhere and/or digital retailers that will allow you to rent this feature come Tuesday.
Excerpt: Chloe Moretz tips the hand of the Carrie remake from the very beginning. The young actress who's played a tough vampire ( Let Me In ), a tough assassin ( Kick-Ass ) and a tough little French girl ( Hugo ) is the closest thing we have to an adolescent action heroine, and even if you didn't know that Carrie ends at prom with a bucket of blood and an unholy revenge, you'd guess it from Moretz's casting alone.
Excerpt: In Carrie , the latest “reimagining” of Stephen King’s career-launching revenge fable, Chloë Grace Moretz slips into the blood-soaked prom dress of the title telepath, transported out of the ’70s and into a new era of Internet-abetted cruelty. On paper, the casting makes sense: Moretz, of Let Me In and the Kick-Ass movies, has the proper temperament—an ability to turn on a dime from adolescent innocence to volcanic rage. (Plus, she looks great drenched in viscera.