Carrie is a new screen interpretation of the Stephen King horror novel, which explores what happens when a teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) – ostracized by her peers and tormented by her unhinged religious-fundamentalist mother (Julianne Moore) – discovers that she possesses telekinetic abilities that provide her with a newfound, dangerous and maybe even uncontrollable power to use against those who’ve tormented her in the past.
The Carrie teaser trailer premiered during New York Comic-Con 2012, but its thunder at the Con was immediately stolen thereafter by the debut of footage from the Evil Dead remake (which opens in theaters this Friday). Since then, director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) King adaptation has been postponed until an October 2013 release date – meaning, today’s trailer is going to be important, in terms of reminding people about this year’s other controversial horror classic semi-remake (and possibly getting them excited in the process).
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While the full trailer illustrates that Peirce and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love, Glee) are keeping their Carrie re-interpretation pretty loyal story-wise to King’s source material, it’s not equally successful at demonstrating what the pair are bringing to the table – in terms of newfound insight that would give the remake greater relevance than Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation (beyond updating what Carrie’s old-fashionedness would be like, in an age of iPhones and the Internet).
Peirce appears to be approaching the famous coming of age/horror story with her own visual style and thematic emphasis, which is encouraging; though, it might be more effective for upcoming marketing to focus on just those elements, since the current approach fails to really show how this new version aims to create shock and awe (when so many people know the story beat-for-beat going in).
Rounding out the Carrie supporting cast are the young up-and-comers Ansel Elgort (Divergent), Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt), Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and Alex Russell (The Host), in addition to adult character actresses Michelle Nolden (Republic of Doyle) and Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).
Carrie arrives in theaters on October 18th, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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