New ‘Carrie Featurette: Stephen King’s Horror Story Gets a 2013 Makeover

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 14th, 2013 at 8:26 am,

Carrie (2013) will be either your first, second or possibly even third exposure to Stephen King’s iconic horror/coming of age story as a movie, depending on whether you’ve seen director Brian De Palma’s Oscar-nominated 1976 adaptation and/or the 2002 made-for-TV film that was scripted by Bryan Fuller (creator of the Hannibal TV show). You’re probably already somewhat familiar with the most famous scene in King’s unsettling tale (Worst. Prom. Ever.) through pop culture osmosis, even if you’ve never read the book nor seen any previous screen version.

The story for King’s first published novel revolves around Carrie White, an introvert and ungainly high school teenager who’s long kept her anger and frustration bottled inside, despite being constantly mocked by her peers and tortured at home by her unstable hyper-religious mother. Carrie’s body then starts to chance in ways that are not regular for a budding young adult, as she begins to develop telekinetic powers – ones that, frankly, are not the best thing for a damaged teen to have…

Consider all that prelude to say: the newly-released featurette for the 2013 movie version of Carrie (posted at the top of this article) – featuring brief interviews with the film’s stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 2) and Julianne Moore (Seventh Son) and director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) – may outline the entire story, but it probably doesn’t spoil anything that you don’t already know. Here’s the question: does either this new preview or the full theatrical trailer make a strong case for this flick being a proper “updated” take on the King story?

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The logic behind remaking Carrie (besides financial motivation, obviously) is that the world of high school has changed a whole lot in the 37 years since De Palma’s film adaptation, now that cell phones, iPhones, Facebook, Instagram, and so forth have significantly changed the way teens interact with each other; not to mention, cultural attitudes towards bullying and peer pressure have evolved a fair amount over the decades. So why in the trailers do the characters in Carrie (2013) seem to act as though it’s the 1970s (i.e. act so cartoonishly insensitive and insulting to Carrie’s face)? To be fair, that might feel more realistic in the context of the actual movie (for this writer, anyway).

Besides that, the preview footage for Carrie highlights the film’s spectacle and intense atmosphere (see: carnage on Prom night), but there’s little to suggest the film is as unnerving and terrifying as its cast keeps saying in the featurette. In all fairness, this could just be more the fault of the marketing angle and not so much Peirce’s direction, nor the script written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee). At the least, Moretz looks to have another strong performance to add to her belt.

Are you planning to check out Carrie (2013) in theaters?


Carrie opens in U.S. theaters on October 18th, 2013.

Source: Total Film

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  1. Don’t like the horror genre too much, but I’ve always loved the original De Palma film.

    Not too big on remakes. I suppose it depends. But I do think Chloe Moretz is a talent.

    This flick is on my list.

  2. I’m one of those people that loves remakes. I can’t help but want to see great films done with modern filming techniques. Of course there have been some disappointments (The Day The Earth Stood Still, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Psycho, etc.), but there have been some decent ones as well (3:10 to Yuma, True Grit, Total Recall, Halloween,I Am Legend Scarface, etc.). I’m excited for this because it looks like it will be following closer to the source material and making it look even cooler with decent CGI telekinesis instead of the cheesy wires and cables moving everybody. I love practical effects, but more for nostalgia’s sake than anything.

    • True Grit and 3:10 to yuma are amazing! Shows that remakes are very possible

    • I love the remakes to True Grit and 3:10 to Yuma, but Halloween was just stupid unscary torture porn with a plethora of unnecessary violence (that laughably random and pointless rape scene comes to mind). Rob Zombie didn’t understand who John Carpenter was at all. Total Recall had good action scenes, but the characters were extremely boring.

      • Will, thank you for saying exactly what I was thinking.

      • I agree, that Halloween wasn’t as good as the originals. Carpenter was a genius, but the movie wasn’t so bad. Though, to be honest, I was rooting for Michael to kill all the characters, except for the janitor. I really liked TR. The original just had too much going on.

  3. Do awkward, highly religious girls who suddenly bleed out in the shower not get embarrassed publicly nowadays? Since when was being bullied for being strange a distinctly 70s thing?

    Should Carrie get drunk at a party and bang every one of the popular girls’ boyfriends as part of the update instead?

    • I don’t think you know what “bleed out” means.

  4. How exactly do the characters “seem to act as though it’s the 1970′s?” That criticism makes no sense. Is there some secret part of the clip that only you were allowed to see where they all listen to the Grateful Dead in their Volkswagen Bug?

    The best reason for remaking the movie, and their stated reason for doing it, was to do an adaptation that was truer to King’s novel. I loved the original movie but I’ve read the novel too, and a movie that stays closer to the novel is a good idea. Also, the original movie didn’t have the special effects budget to really show everything that happened on prom night. Not to mention earlier scenes like the rain of stones on Carrie’s house when she was a child, etc.

    I’m really looking forward to this movie. Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore are a dream cast, and if anyone can live up to Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie’s performances, it’s them.

    • The acting from the 1970s is what he is referring to. There is definitely a difference in the performance styles. I do agree any film that stays close to the source material is good, but the original had a creepy tone that did the material justice. The special effects good, aged but goods.

      I’m more concerned with some of the cheesy acting in the trailer (ie. Chloe’s face after discovering she has powers). Julianne Moore should definitely be on the radar for her performance in this, from what it seems so far.

      Other than that, this one looks to be too CGI inspired as far as the production goes for the prom event. I never understood why people say “how can you surprise someone with this story, when its been done”. How about take the time and create a terrifying evening for this tortured young lady. Only time will tell if this will do well, but Im guessing between 2 – 3 star rating on the screenrant review sheet

  5. Absolutely.

    Seeing Moretz and Moore go toe-to-toe should be worth the price of admission. Seeing Carrie’s powers handled with today’s SFX – and allowing it to be closer to the book – is the cherry on top.

  6. I’m looking forward to seeing Chloe play Carrie. I’m also one who is getting sick of all these remakes. Friday the 13th, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, all pointless remakes, but Chloe was great in the remake Let Me In. The only other good remake I can think of is the 1986 remake of The Fly.

    • I didn’t like that so much (gross out body shock movies like that aren’t as creepy as the final scene in the original) but I did love John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing with Kurt Russell.

  7. WTF is with them changing the blood that gets dumped onto her into oil/tar instead? Also as much as I like Julianne Moore, she looks nothing like Chloë, and should have been played instead by Michelle Pfeiffer who definitely has the acting chops to pull this off.

  8. No offense Sandy, I typically agree with your articles, but bullying has gotten far worse in this day and age then it ever was in the 70s, so your last point “So why in the trailers do the characters in Carrie (2013) seem to act as though it’s the 1970s (i.e. act so cartoonishly insensitive and insulting to Carrie’s face)?” is very, very unfounded. What they showed in that trialer is the new norm for high school bullying. You get your butt kicked at school and come home and find the video on facebook with a few dozen likes on it. It’s devastating. I’m 17, so I would know. Kids were given even more ways to be jerks. 9th grade and 10th grade were hell for me…go to an American high school man.

  9. I am going to pass on this one as well. Just another cash-grab remake, proving that Hollywood is simply full of whores who lack any creativity whatsoever.

    What I especially liked about the original was that it posed the story the way it was meant to be told by Stephen King – not so much a horror story than an avoidable tragedy that lingers with you long after you’ve seen/read it – kind of like the school shootings we’ve witnessed in horror. Ironically, it was one of King’s first published novels, and it wasn’t really a horror story – shows just how much vision he had back then. At the end, we’re (I, at least) kind of rooting for Carrie when she snaps and shouting “serves you right” to all of her classmates when she’s obliterating them with her psycho-kenetic abilities.

    Back to my original thought, however, the original Carrie is available on Netflix.

  10. Chloe Moretz is a terrible pick for Carrie. Ron Howard’s daughter should have player her instead. Check out this pic of her in Lady in the Water. Perfect for Carrie!