Rating: It is safe to say that abusive teenagers should avoid dumping pig’s blood on either Sissy Spacek or Chloe Grace Moretz.
While some movies touch a raw nerve and can be successfully remade, others are better off left collecting dust on the shelf. Carrie, unfortunately, qualifies as one of the latter.
The original, released in 1976 and directed by Brian De Palma, was a film that resonated in the post-Watergate years. The country was a bit disillusioned and disheartened, and it was easy to relate to a young, timid girl who was profoundly abused by her classmates. Sissy Spacek was chillingly mind numbing as Carrie, a young woman with telekinesis who you were better advised to avoid the urge to cover her with blood at her prom.
It is merely stating the obvious that this film really should have been better given the fact that spectacular actresses like Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz starred in the lead roles as the tormented mother and her troubled daughter. In particular, Ms. Moretz, only 16 years old in real life, has demonstrated a talent for perfecting horror films.
She broke loose in the original Kick-Ass (2010); brought credibility to Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) and stood out in Tim Burton’s underrated Dark Shadows (2012), where she starred with Johnny Depp. However, you simply have to see her in Let Me In (2010), where she plays a young vampire who not only has to find a way to eat, but befriends a young high school boy who is being unmercifully bullied at school. It is a great horror film.
Unfortunately, this remake of Carrie pales in comparison to other fine horror films released in 2013. The Purge masqueraded as a free murder day taking place annually in our country while in reality it skewered the Tea Party Movement. And while The Conjuring will scare the hell out of you, don’t overlook You’re Next, which serves as a tantalizing reminder to all would-be killers to make sure that the next victim isn’t a young woman meaner than you.
This Carrie falls short of the original in nearly every respect. In particular, Carrie’s killing of her mother was so comically absurd that it was hard to feel any sorrow.
And while it might have worked in the 1970’s, it is hard to embrace a young woman whose psychotic need to get even results in the destruction of those who have been trying to lend a helping hand. Mother of God, Carrie, delusional heroes don’t win any points when you demolish the good guys.