New Version of “Carrie” Still Has Thrills, Chills

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Janae Faison, Staff Writer

Recently I went to see the newly remade film of the 1976 classic, Carrie. Usually with the remakes of horror films, the film usually flops. But to my surprise the film was astonishingly similar to 1976 film. With Chloë Grace Moretz playing as Carrie, and Julianne Moore playing her religious-crazed mother, Margaret White, the movie offered something fresh and quite surprising to the movie screen.

Directed by Kimberly Peirce, the film gives the lovers of the classic a walk down memory lane. There are plenty of differences between the films but overall, the new version remains on the same track as the original, a plus for fans of the original.

The film is obviously about Carrie, but Julianne Moore steals the show as her crazed mother. For example, like in the novel, the traumatic birth scene where Carrie is born opens the film. In the original, Piper Laurie, the original actress to portray Carrie’s mom, was portrayed as a kind of stay at home mom, but in the remake Julianne Moore is shown working as a seamstress in a laundromat.

Also, there are some quite difference with the original Carrie (Sissy Spacek) and the new generation Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz). The original Carrie was a quiet and shy teemager who never questioned her mother but, with the new Carrie, she stands up to her mother and makes it known that she is growing into a young woman.

Another thing about the remake is the amount of graphics and actual bloodshed that was in the film. With modern technology running everything in the 21st century, the infamous “blood” scene wouldn’t have been right without a strong amount of graphics.  The special effects used in this film added on to the horror of the film. The special effects department ran by John MacGillivray, makes you feel like you were put right in the middle of it all. Everything from the way she killed her classmates after being poured in pig blood, to Carrie actually killing herself and her mother (spoiler alert!) shows how much work went into the actually graphics of the film.

Overall I would definitely give this film 5 stars because of how closely the film follows the original. Peirce taps into the scenes in the book that weren’t in the original movie but were in the novel. Chloë Grace Moretz acting as Carrie showed how she developed  as a character in the film and how she gained confidence.

If you’re not the type of person to watch remakes of classic horror films, I would definitely suggest that you go out and see this movie. You won’t regret it.