Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both her classmates and her domineering, religious mother.
The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There is a petition for the release of an extended/directors cut of this film. Fans feel that this would be a new adaption of the novel (as the final version of the film borrowed elements from the 1976 version) if they add in the scenes that were excised. Some of the scenes include: The White Commission, Sue Snell's video diary, Extended scenes, and more social media elements (Facebook, messaging, etc.).This information was given out by audience members who attended test screenings of the film and the cast and crew of the film. Supposedly, there are 45 minutes of never before seen along with several alternate endings. This original cut was reportedly going to be released on its original release date of March 2013 before being massively re-edited during post-production and being pushed back to October 2013 to coincide with Halloween. See more »
While Sue and her friends are decorating the gym for prom, Heather is sitting above Lizzy, but in the next shot, Heather and Lizzy have switched spots. See more »
The theatrical version ends with a brief scene of Sue in court for the White Investigation (an integral part of the Stephen King novel otherwise omitted from the film) and then laying a flower on Carrie White's grave, which cracks as she walks away. The alternate Blu-Ray cut omits the courtroom scene and features a different edit of Sue placing the flower on Carrie's grave. This scene is followed with Sue in the delivery room giving birth, but instead of a baby, Carrie's arm emerges from between her legs and grabs her. Quick-cut to Sue's mother, who's holding and trying to awaken her hysterical, pregnant daughter from this nightmare. See more »
This 2013 CARRIE is actually the third adaptation of Stephen King's first published novel. I'd missed the previous and long forgotten version, but the De Palma original has long been a favourite of mine due to the exemplary direction which helps to lift it above the source material.
Inevitably, this cookie cutter remake is entirely redundant and feels like weak sauce compared to the 1970s film. In some places the remake plays out shot-for-shot, while at other times the story has been needlessly updated to the modern age, i.e. the characters have smart phones. The only thing it has going for it is that it puts bits of the novel back in that De Palma took out, but he took them out for a reason and I think his film is the better for it. However, if you're looking for cheap CGI effects, which the original certainly did not have, then you might prefer this version.
And how half-hearted this all feels. Chloe Grace Moretz has long been overrated as the 'next big thing', famous only for her roles in the KICK ASS movies and failing to prove her worth elsewhere. She's a victim of miscasting in this one, failing to do much with the role and feeling over the top in her mannerisms. The less said about Julianne Moore, who gives a weak imitation of Piper Laurie for her part, the better. The worst thing about this as a whole though is Kimberly Pierce's direction. It's insipid, making crucial set-pieces look silly (the whole repeating of the falling bucket makes this feel like one of Jackie Chan's death-defying stunts), and it comes as no surprise that as a director she has zero experience in the genre.
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