Remakes strike a certain amount of fear into most moviegoers hearts, especially horror fans, but there are something gems to be found amongst the mass piffle thats churned out. Unfortunately Carrie falls in-between the two.
Based on the 1976 Brian-De Palma thriller, which was based on Stephen King’s first novel. Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce and stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her overbearing mother.
For anyone who’s not familiar with the story, it follows the put-upon Carrie as she is bullied at school by mega-bitch Chris (Portia Doubleday) and then has to deal with her oppressive religious fanatic mother at home. Slowly Carrie starts to learn she has supernatural powers, which start to manifest the more she is mentally tortured throughout the story.
The 1976 original is something of a cult classic, although it never really got the praise it was due, Brian De Palma’s direction was spot on, ringing just the right amount of fear and scares from the audience. Kimberly Peirce seems to be living in his shadow at times, with scenes almost duplicating the original and other areas of the film feeling flat where they take on a new direction. The positives are that Chloe Grace Moretz is great as Carrie, although she doesn’t manage the same level of desperation as Sissy Spacek in the original. Julianne Moore’s character is also worthy of praise, even though she’s a slightly more dialled down version of the mad ol’ mother in the 1976 version.
Overall, it’s great to see Carrie updated for a new audience, with the overall theme of bullying still at the front of a fairly powerful story. Whether you’ll like this may depend on whether you still hold a candle for the original and especially for the infamous ending of Brian De Palma’s. Peirce’s version does feel a little rushed, pushing towards the climax like a man in a hurry.
A solid, but not spectacular effort.