Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dollar Bin Horror Review - Carrie (2013)

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

As we all know, the remake train is still chugging along and looks like it ain't slowing down anytime soon. I wasn't going to see this film but after seeing at least 3 people I trust with horror opinions on facebook say it was pretty good, well hell I guess I kinda had to give it a shot...and I'm glad I did.
While nothing on earth could beat the sheer terror of the original, this remake did a pretty damn good job of capturing it in a more modern day setting. ChloĆ« Grace Moretz as Carrie was almost flawless. Her acting ability is amazing in pretty much everything I've seen her in, my only complain being that even when they tried to make her hum-drum looking, she was still pretty as hell compared to the description in the book (but hey, it's not that often someone tells you you're too pretty is it?). Julianne Moore was also great but in a different way than the mother in the original. In the original, I felt the mother came off as just batshit crazy and I couldn't stand her at all. There was no emotional connection to her for me and I couldn't wait for Carrie to kill her ass! This time around though, I kinda felt sorry for her. Julianne Moore brought a sympathy to the character. Yes, she was abusive, crazy, and a religious asshole to her daughter, whom she wanted to kill when she was born but changed her mind...yet there was something there that made you want to get her help! In parts, you felt that she genuinely did love her daughter and in her own sick twisted way was trying to save her. This was also the case in the original, but I never felt it as much as I did for this film.
Now while I had more of an emotional connection to the mother here, that doesn't mean the original wasn't better. The original had a more pronounced terror to it and a true horror feel, this remake pulled more on the emotional strings and both films had some great acting. The prom scene was very well done and I really loved the part near the gas station where Carrie gets the best revenge (That was the biggest payoff in the whole film! I couldn't wait for that preppy bitch to eat it, and oh how she did!). The only thing I personally wished I could have seen is if the film makers would have tried the book version of the mother's death scene instead of revisiting the way the classic did it (just me though, everyone else seemed to like that version sticking around).
Overall, the remake very much did the original justice and is worth a viewing. With great acting and so many messages about religious fanaticism and the horrible results of bullying, the remake and the original sends a powerful message to the viewer while giving them the terror they want.

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