This Day in Horror

06 January 2014

Carrie (2013) - REVIEW



I'm a little late with this one.  I actually saw this about 2 weeks after it came out back in October.  Which is unusual for me because its a remake and I normally don't get too excited about any remake no matter what it is.  It took me till just a couple of weeks ago to watch the Evil Dead remake and quite honestly it wasn't that great but we are talking about the Carrie remake here.  It was due to come out in April of last year but was pushed to an October release instead.  Nothing like making everyone wait another six months to see your movie.

This is were I usually write a synopsis of the film but in this case I really do not think it is necessary.  Every horror fan should know this story by now and if you don't well then I would reconsider calling yourself a horror fan.  Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) is the awkward girl at school that everyone makes fun of and picks on constantly.  She is raised by her very very religious and strange Mother (Julianne Moore) who has kept her sheltered for most of her life from anything evil in the world.  After Carrie gets her period and is treated very cruel about it by the other girls she starts to realize that she has telepathic powers.  Carrie does research and starts to hone in on her powers.  Her life is about to change but not really for the best.

I really thought this was going to be more of a re-imagining rather than a remake but it is actually more of the latter.  Since there was already a remake back in the late 90's that was made for TV I thought for sure they wouldn't do that again so soon.  I was wrong!  I hold this remake a little higher than most of the other ones I have seen though.  I really did enjoy this film and the performances of the entire cast.  Chloe was actually pretty brilliant as Carrie.  Her portrayal of an awkward, backwards girl was very good.  Her mother played ;by Julianne Moore was what you would expect from her.  She is an accomplished actress and she nailed the role right on the head.  The supporting cast was excellent as well.  Namely Judy Greer who played Mrs. Desjardin.  As soon as I saw her on the screen I said "hey it's Fern Mayo".

My final consensus is that I really enjoyed the film but I do not like they made alot of the scenes and the lines identical to the original movie.  I really thought it was going to be a little more original than that.  This version of Carrie is based more off the book than the original movie though.  You can clearly tell the difference when you see it.  I would give this one 6 out of 10 stars.  I would really give it more but the lack of originality really takes away from it.




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