The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, brought to you by a/perture Cinema, is Carrie. This is the 2013 version starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. IMDb lists the synopsis as: A re-imagining [sic] 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..
I read Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie in about 24 hours. I loved the book and I really enjoyed the first incarnation of the film in 1976 (which was only about a 2 years after the novel) with Sissy Spacek, William Katt, Amy Irving and John Travolta. I think Chloe Grace Moretz plays an awesome Carrie and Julianne Moore does a great adaptation of Carrie’s mother, played by Piper Laurie in the original feature. As great a job that Nancy Allen did as Chris Hargensen in 1976, I think Portia Doubleday played a whole new level of evil as she was unrelenting and ruthless. The blood was more realistic, although it wasn’t shy of such in 1976. The special effects were more plausible since you have the benefit of CGI. The acting, while not star-studded as the original would become (none were big stars just yet), was on point and in some ways better. The original is dated and this is modern.
All-in-all the film, which was directed by Kimberly Pierce, was really, really good, in my opinion, and I do recommend it. I saw it on Netflix and I rate it 4 stars. Let me know what you think of this, the original or any films that you’d want me to review for the future.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Boys, boys, after the blood… comes the boys. Sniffing, slobbering like dogs.” – Margaret White (Julianne Moore) Carrie (2013).