Steven King’s “Carrie” returns to the box office 37 years later
If you’re a fan of Stephen King, go and see this movie. If you’re a fan of telekinetic destruction, go and see this movie. If you’re a fan of high school proms, don’t go and see this movie.
The newest rendition of “Carrie” is a bloody escapade that will shock and delight horror fans, and make you feel sorry for the sad girl named Carrie White.
The film follows Carrie, a bullied girl in high school, as prom comes nearer. The other girls harass her, to the point where Carrie is crying in the school shower while being pelted by sanitary napkins. There you see the first flash of Carrie’s telekinetic powers. Updated for the digital age, the film shows some of the girls taking a video with a cell phone and posting a video of the incident online.
Carrie is further tortured by her religious zealot of a mother, who locks Carrie in a closet full of crucifixes and talks in Bible references.
Invited to prom, Carrie attends, desperate to fit in with her peers. After a particularly nasty trick involving pigs’ blood, Carrie unleashes her wrath upon the students, slaughtering them with her telekinetic abilities.
Chloe Grace Moretz portrays Carrie superbly. Carrie doesn’t talk much, so the character is shown through subtle facial expressions that Moretz pulls off perfectly. When the destruction starts, an inhuman looks overtakes her face and leaves a chill within the viewer.
Julianne Moore is Margaret White, Carrie’s extremely religious mother. Moore does a fine job bringing a crazed air to the character, and is one of the creepiest aspects of the film.
The other actors are mediocre at best, playing stereotypical high school students. They look, act, and talk much they way you’d expect.
The musical score is hardly noticeable, only standing out a few times when Margaret White plays religious music while Carrie screams to be let out of the closet.
Visually, the film is a treat. Special effects are crisp and enjoyable; the prom massacre is brutal and will satisfy bloodthirsty viewers.
But is it better than the original?
In 1976 Brian De Palma’s “Carrie” shocked and terrified viewers with a one of a kind performance by Sissy Saspeck. In its own right, the film is a classic. The 2013 Kimberly Peirce remake is a close match. It pays homage to both the book and the original film, with similar shots and sequences.
Overall the film is well done, with great leading performances and excellent special effects. Will it go down as a classic? Maybe not, but the story of Carrie White is one that can be told many times.
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