“If you have a taste for terror, you have a date with Carrie” –1976 Carrie trailer
In 1974, Stephen King published his first novel, Carrie. The story is about Carrie White, a young, timid girl who is constantly abused at school and home. After an incident in the girl’s shower room, Carrie realizes that she has telekinesis—the ability to move objects by the force of the mind. When she’s invited to the prom and is tricked once again, Carrie releases her powers and causes destruction. Two years after the novel was published, director Brian DePalma admired the piece and dedicated himself to film the movie. When it was released in November, it became an iconic horror film of the 70’s and years later continued to scare audiences of all generations. In 2013, MGM Film Company wanted the classic to be remade and handed the job to director Kimberly Pierce.
The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie White, and Julianne Moore as Margaret White—Carrie’s religious mother. In ’76 the leading actresses (Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie) were Oscar nominees for their roles in Carrie, which was one of a small number of horror films to go to the Academy Awards. Because of this, many fans of the original questioned the new actresses. Moretz portrayed Carrie well, but not as excellent as Spacek did. Though as you watch Moretz act, you can see how hard she strived to become this character. Carrie White is a sad girl who wants to be like everyone else, and Moretz did a fine job of delivering that vibe. Moore’s portrayal as Margaret White was exactly what the character should be; peculiar. Though Moore doesn’t have the memorable 70’s curly hair that Laurie had, her performance will be remembered. Other actors, such as Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, and Ansel Elgort were spectacular at playing their characters. Judy Geer's (Jawbreaker and 13 Going on 30) performance as Ms. Desjardin (Carrie's P.E. coach) didn't exactly match up with original actress Betty Buckley's, but she did a great job at playing the role nonetheless.
An enormous difference between the original and remake of Carrie was the plot's dedication to the book. While the original swayed away from it, the remake went head straight. During the film there were many scenes from the book. If a fan of the book saw the movie they would most likely approve of the way the film followed the book so closely.
Kimberly Pierce directed a film that movie-goers will be satisfied with and incorporated talent that today's generation can relate to.
Whether a person is a fan of the original film, book, or even the musical, they are most likely to leave the theaters with no regret.