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With just two previous productions to her name across the past 14 years (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss), director Kimberly Peirce’s latest endeavour is the somewhat contentious decision to adapt Stephen King’s renowned novel Carrie. Though it should be taken into account that this feature is a mere adaptation as opposed to a remake, given the iconic status of Brian De Palma’s cult favourite, 1976 offering, the validity of this entire reimagining comes with some justifiably raised eyebrows.
The title role is taken on by Chloë Grace Moretz, as a young girl ostracised by her peers at school and bullied for her unique and peculiar personality, certainly not helped along by her deranged upbringing, where she shares a damaged relationship with her spiritual mother Margaret (Julianne Moore). When an incident in the changing rooms after gym class – involving bullies Sue (Gabriella Wilde) and Chris (Portia Doubleday) – turns the school on Carrie’s side, »
- Stefan Pape
This week sees Kimberly Peirce’s contemporary re-imagining of Stephen King’s classic supernatural novel Carrie hit theatres. The story of the tortured teenage outcast Carrie White, whose newly discovered telekinetic abilities come in handy when a bloody high-school prank goes too far, was actually the first of the legendary author’s works to be adapted for the big-screen. Brain DePalma’s 1976 Oscar-winning masterpiece is still remembered fondly and is going to be a hard one to top (or even match) for the acclaimed Boys Don’T Cry filmmaker.
So, to celebrate the UK release of the film led by Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore as her devoutly religious mother Margaret, we’ve picked out our favourite underrated film adaptations of the mind of the Master of Horror. While a “best of” list would surely of consisted of the same great titles most would expect (e.g. The Shawshank Redemption, »
- Craig Hunter
I’m struck by the perversity of a story four decades old about religious misogyny and basic feminism and the perniciousness of bullying that still feels fresh and relevant… I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): wondering why this movie needed to be remade
I have read the source material (and I like it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The first question to ask is this: Why? Why remake a classic film from a 40-year-old novel? I wondered about that from the moment I first heard we were getting Carrie again… and particularly why director Kimberly Peirce (Stop-Loss) would be interested in this. And now that I’ve finally seen it, the thing I’m most struck by is the perversity of how a story from four decades back about religious misogyny and the necessity of the most basic form of feminism »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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First question: Carrie, why? Possible answers: the remake rights were just lying there, like as not. And it's been a profitable property several times over now, taking a circuitous, money-spinning four-decade journey through pretty much every medium of popular entertainment: a huge bestselling print debut for Stephen King in 1974, the much-beloved 1976 Brian De Palma adaptation, fancied nowadays as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, a Broadway musical adaptation in 1988, a pretty trashy sequel in 1999, a 2002 TV remake intended as the pilot for a series that was never picked up (nice work as Carrie's mom by Patricia Clarkson), and now a wholesale big-screen remake from Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce (my compulsive penchant for completism compels me also to »
- John Patterson
Sony and Screen Gems made a very smart move in nabbing the director of the unforgettable Oscar-winning biopic Boys Don’T Cry for their contemporary retelling of Stephen King’s iconic novel Carrie. Few filmmakers have captured the torment of wanting acceptance in this world, while at the same time being labelled an outcast better than Kimberly Peirce. The harrowing and heartbreaking performance she got out of Hilary Swank for the role of Brandon Teena made her an ideal choice for the modernised update of the tortured teenager Carrie White.
With the horror remake heading to the UK from Friday, Thn had a chance to put some questions to Peirce regarding the taking on of King’s acclaimed story, previously adapted by Brian De Palma.
Could you tell us how you became involved with the project and what made you decide to take it on?
The studio came to me »
- Craig Hunter
You won’t metaphorically hear a louder collective groan on the Internet these days than when news comes of another film or television remake.
Whether it’s “Carrie” on the film side or such TV projects as “Murder, She Wrote” — or the remake-that-isn’t-a-remake-but-might-as-well-be, “How I Met Your Dad,” these projects justifiably inspire cynicism about their motives and skepticism about their value.
Yes, it often seems like the primary inspiration for every reboot is money — welcome to the entertainment business. No, it doesn’t seem likely that they will improve upon the original, or even come close. Most craven at all is when the projects take the title but almost nothing else, thus sullying the memory of the original without any seeming creative justification.
But amid all the pillorying, which I myself have joined in on, let me just make a few points in support of the remake impulse.
- Jon Weisman
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- Ryan Adams
Last weekend I checked out director Kimberly Peirce's Carrie remake and found it to be a perfectly solid retelling of Brian De Palma's 1976 classic. With a solid lead performance from Chloë Grace Moretz and a downright terrifying turn by Julianne Moore, I found more than a few things to like about the pic. I also thought the opening scene was terrific and was surprised to hear Judy Greer tell Steve that it wasn't in the original script. Although I knew how the story would play out, I found myself wanting so badly for Carrie's prom night to go smoothly which I think is a credit to Peirce's direction and the time she takes setting up the obstacle-laden road Carrie traverses on the way to her first date. Ultimately, is there anything extraordinarily fresh and/or updated about the remake? Not really. Nevertheless, it's a solid movie that proves »
- Jason Barr
We have some strange connections to Carrie, and you may already know that, especially you pay attention to the fact that we hail from Bangor, Me, but it’s going to be hard to call foul on us this week, because we just couldn’t stand this movie.
There are a lot of reasons really, but at the end of the day we were just bored. The actors did their job, but the screenplay was a miss that should go down in legend.
As far as we were concerned, if you tried to make the worst decision you could at every juncture, this is the movie you’d come up with.
The tension is pulled out of the film in a way that you don’t generally see even among bad movies.
We do have some variety in what we dislike most though, and that may come from the background »
- Marc Eastman
With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to Carrie, 12 Years a Slave and Escape Plan for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of classic horror, historical epics, and escape thrillers. Carrie Kimberly Peirce re-imagines the Stephen King novel about a bullied teen girl whose incredible powers of telekinesis enable her to wreak a terrible and bloody vengeance at prom. Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star; Peirce directs. Read our full review here, and our book to movie comparison here. With Halloween just around the corner, it's the perfect time to make a marathon of some seriously gory and scary cinema. Whether it's De Palma's nightmarish look at high school, Polanski's terrifying maternity tale, »
> Chloe Grace Moretz: 'Carrie delay was to make it scarier'
"The role of Carrie is an incredibly emotional role," Moretz said.
"It's probably the most vulnerable I've ever been as an actor, so in some ways it's kind of terrifying for people to see it, but at the same time it's very exciting and kind of an awakening for me because it's something I've never done before."
She continued: "We were able to put our own spin on [the character], just because we wanted it to be original. And I didn't want to watch the movie or anything.
"So what we really did was, »
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly discuss Kimberly Peirce's reimagining of Stephen King's Carrie -- and Nicholson convinces Stephanie to go see Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. "It didn't work for me," says Zacharek of this new Carrie, but she adds that Chloë Grace Moretz brings something to the role that Sissy Spacek couldn't in Brian De Palma's 1976 version of the film: "She's probably closer to the Carrie that Stephen King desc »
Ryan J. Downey archivist and enthusiast Jami Philbrick alerted us to the fact that we had not yet run our exclusive Carrie interview coverage. Even though the thriller didn't have such a stellar opening weekend, we didn't want to disappoint The Brick, so we dug through our archives to retrieve these once-in-a-lifetime conversation pieces with the cast and crew of this horror remake. Watch as director Kimberly Peirce joins cast members Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore and Judy Greer to discuss this Stephen King classic with the one and only Ryan J. Downey. What new secrets of filmmaking are unleashed and revealed? You'll have to dive in deep to find out.
Carrie was released October 18th, 2013 and stars Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Michelle Nolden, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Samantha Weinstein. The film is directed by Kimberly Peirce. »
Kimberly Pierce's hapless Carrie remake, starring Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role, didn't quite light the box office on fire over the weekend, failing to plug the gap in the horror movie schedule vacated by Paranormal Activity 5, which moved to next fall. (Read Eric's review of Carrie here.) Carrie '13 is a good example of a remake that nobody asked for - the original Carrie, like The Exorcist, was a product of its time and its unique ability (then) to surprise an audience seeing it for the first time. As the remake proves, if you've seen one shower of pig's blood, you've seen 'em all. As The Dissolve pointed out, a big problem with Carrie '13 is Carrie herself, and the actress playing...
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Every Friday night, Movies.com sends cinephiles (and newlyweds) Sarah and Joe Piccirillo to see a film. Afterwards, they answer a few questions about it. Below is their discussion. Carrie Synopsis: In this remake of the Stephen King classic, Chloë Grace Moretz plays Carrie White, a bullied teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is pushed too far by her cruel classmates. With Julianne Moore. Was this a good date movie? Sarah: Nope. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a movie that includes both period blood and pig’s blood is not a good date movie. Joe: But it does offer an open-minded take on marital rape. I agree with you, though, It’s not scary or campy or fun. Your date is going to think you’re just as unoriginal as this...
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Carrie has been one of the most discussed genre films to see release in a number of years. Its a film with a lot going for it. Julianne Moore is amazing. Chloe Grace Moretz is the true definition of surging Hollywood prospect. And for the love of horror its a Stephen King adaptation The lone deterrent comes in the fact that its not just a remake its a remake of a remake (there was also a sequel squeezed in the lineup circa 1999). Given the inconsistencies of remakes thats an issue that no doubt hung heavy on the shoulders of potential consumers. »
In theaters now, Carrie is director Kimberly Peirce’s reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
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Carrie may have been released in the U.S. to slightly lukewarm reviews but internationally it is yet to open, so with this comes the final and very possibly the best poster for the remake/reboot/reimagining. The poster shows Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Let Me In) as the titular Carrie drenched in blood and stopping a car....
This is by far the most effective and creepy poster so far and hints towards a change in both pacing and themes compared to the original.
"The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Julianne Moore; Magnolia) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer; The Descendents) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday »
- Gary Collinson
I'm not the biggest fan of remakes, but there are a few of them that have been made over the years that have been just as good or better than the original. I was pretty disappointed when I learned that Stephen King's Carrie was going to get a remake. I grew up on the original Brian De Palma film, and it scared the hell out of me when I was a kid -- and no, I don't know why, but my parents let me watch these kinds of rated R movies while growing up. I wasn't really familiar with the director of the film, Kimberly Peirce, but she managed to cast a group of very talented actors led by Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz, who were both awesome in the movie!
Moore absolutely stole the show as Carrie's insane religious mother. She was scary as hell, and gave an incredible performance, »
- Joey Paur
“You Will Know Her Name” proclaimed the poster for the Carrie remake. Perhaps the problem was everyone already knew her name, or maybe it was because the target audience wasn’t old enough to know her name yet. Whatever the reason, the only major horror release of the Halloween season failed to scare up big box office.
The Kimberly Peirce-directed, Chloe Moretz/Julianne Moore-starring remake of the 1976 Brian De Palma-directed, Sissy Spacek/Piper Laurie-starring adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie didn’t exactly light the box office on fire like so many high school gymnasiums despite a rather aggressive marketing campaign and having the Halloween horror crowd all to itself.
In all seriousness, why are there more horror movies opening in January of next year than the Halloween month of October this year? The moment Paranormal Activity moved to 2014, some studio should have had the sense »
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