Carrie was Stephen King’s first published novel (1974), but the property is perhaps best known for the Brian De Palma film adaptation that followed starring Sissy Spacek as the titular Carrie. As with practically every classic horror film, it's getting the remake (or is it re-adaptation?) treatment for modern audiences.
The teaser trailer debuted this past weekend at New York Comic Con 2012 - our own Kofi Outlaw was in attendance - and now it’s online for all to see.
As Kofi noted in his breakdown, the teaser trailer is very much a teaser. Essentially, we see the aftermath of the climax of the story…
[SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE ORIGINAL CARRIE]
…wherein Carrie White, the newly-elected prom queen, has a bucket of pig’s blood dumped on her head from the catwalk above as a cruel joke. Unfortunately for her tormenters, being bathed in pig’s blood only serves to fully activate Carrie’s incredible telekinetic powers, which she then uses to burn down the school with everyone inside. Oops?
In the remake/re-adaptation, Carrie is played by Chloë Moretz (Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass). Though the teaser trailer briefly features Moretz as Carrie, covered in blood, the majority of the footage depicts the entire town of Chamberlain, Maine aflame and in shambles. While this is a departure from the De Palma film where Carrie merely destroyed the high school and those inside, it more closely resembles the ending of the book, where the destruction was far more widespread.
Which isn’t altogether surprising, especially after director Kimberly Peirce (Stop-Loss) told the NYCC crowd:
"I didn’t take anything from [Brian De Palma]'s movie. This is such a fantastic story and […] I need to bring it to life in a modern way. […] Our thing is naturally its own thing."
And yet, in response to a question about whether or not she would adopt De Palma’s famous use of split-screen, she responded neither with a yes nor a no:
"It remains to be seen."
Regardless of how different the new Carrie will be from the 1976 film, it won't be easy getting out from under its shadow. Whether you liked it or not, it's hard to deny the impact the film had on popular culture. After all, few films have spawned a terrible Broadway show, a terrible sequel, a terrible TV pilot, and countless terrible imitators (and a few okay ones, too, including De Palma's own The Fury).
Furthermore, how does one modernize a story like Carrie, as Kimberly Peirce suggests she's doing here? Sure, both the novel and the original film were released in the 1970s, but the basics are pretty timeless - high school bullying + shy girl with telekinetic powers = death and destruction. Either that's the point (it's the same basic story, only the high schoolers have traded in bell bottoms for skinny jeans) or perhaps Peirce's Carrie will diverge quite a bit from the original film (and maybe even the novel, too).
How does the teaser for the new Carrie look to you, Screen Ranters? Drop us a line in the comments.
Carrie - starring Chloë Moretz and Julianne Moore - hits theaters March 15th, 2013.
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