This 18th Scream-A-Day just premiered this weekend. I had a chance to see it today and truthfully the 2013 remake wasn’t a bad film. For what’s essentially a teen horror, CARRIE is better than most others. Moretz as the Telekenetic introvert, and Moore as the religious zealot of a mother, delivered very good performances. But in staying true to the story, I think their range may have been boxed in. Still, I believed Chloe Moretz was the ultra shy high school girl, sheltered from the evils of the world by her mother (even though I expected Hit-Girl to take snobby high school wenches out).
Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) shaped a well told story, but it lacked somewhat in the climactic prom scene. That may also have been the writing, or something from the Stephen King novel (which I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet). I felt they played it a little safe, especially compared to the original. It’s almost impossible to talk about this remake without comparing it to the 1976 one. The combination of Brian De Palma’s visuals, his classical split screen shots of the telekenitic carnage, and the piercing yet heart thumping score were hard to live up to.
For audiences that have never seen the first one, this will probably be enjoyable. It’s not at all your regular found-footage teen scream. But for others like me that grew up with the original, I would have loved to have seem Carrie go off in a Psyonic Jean Grey rampage! With all of the superhero and supernatural films out there, I would have upgraded Carrie’s acts of revenge. Sort of like they did in FIRESTARTER. Huh? You’ve never seen Firestarter? Well, if you get a chance, tell me how you think a versus would turn out between these girls..