2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There are obvious comparisons between these two versions; after all they are both the same story, for those of you who have never read Stephen King's source material or seen any of the versions it is about a plain girl from a somewhat dysfunctional background whom upon reaching puberty finds out that it's a gift which keeps on giving as she develops extreme telekinetic abilities. It is essentially a horror tale of the consequences of bullying, that's how I see it anyway.
The original movie sees Carietta "Carrie" White (Sissy Spacek) being bullied at school for being somewhat plain and also a little 'odd'. Her hyper-religious upbringing by her psychotic mother has brainwashed her into a way of life in which she is totally unaware of what happens at the onset of puberty, which leads to significantly vicious bullying from classmates.
That's the essential precursor to an escalation of troubles. Without giving too much away the bullying leads to an official reprisal, revenge for that reprisal is meticulously plotted and when fulfilled leads to Carrie turning the tables with a little revenge of her own in a way which has firmly cemented Carrie into Horror history to the point where it has been copied and parodied so often as to become a cliché.
The original, although somewhat dated, still remains the best with Miss Spacek on top form delivering a beautifully poignant performance as the teenager with way too many problems. Sissy Spacek, at 5'3" and of somewhat slender build fitted well in the role despite being 27 at the time. Her performance is the stuff of horror-film legend, and we are never left in any doubt as to the credibility of her emotional outpourings.
That dress won't stay white much longer.
So now we're onto the 2013 version, which as I said earlier is essentially the same except for the more modern slant of cyber-bullying and one other essential difference. That lends a credibility which modern audiences can identify with, and I guess this is where the remake was actually necessary, because it bridges a gap which even the 2002 TV version didn't manage, and that is to bring the "Original and Best" of the Telekinetic Teenager horror stories up to date and absorbable by a much more enlightened and jaded audience. They've seen it all before in the parodies and copycats, and they have seen so much general horror that "Carrie" could quite easily have been just another routine teen flick. This is where the essential difference comes in…
Chloë Grace Moretz.
On paper Miss Moretz could have been a bad choice for the role of the shy innocent wallflower. Whilst she is actually a teenager with an unconventional prettiness and slightness of build making her perfectly believable as an object of bullying, she is also very well known for playing "Hit Girl" in the two "Kick-Ass" films and a vampire in "Let Me In", so we already know that she can be convincing as a nasty little sod, which dents the credibility a little in the role of the supposedly timid "Carrie".
Getting an actual teenager to play an actual teenager is rarely a bad idea, although not all have the skills to do justice to heavyweight roles. In this case it's fortunate that Chloë Grace Moretz is rather versatile and experienced as "Carrie" is the stuff of legend and very big shoes to step into. In all fairness I cannot think of a better actress to play the role. For a while Lindsay Lohan was connected with the proposed remake, and I am so grateful that it didn't happen as it would have been disastrous. Moretz takes the role and respects it, keeping it believable.
Brian De Palma's Carrie is one of the better adaptations of King's work. The 2013 version does it justice.
To be perfectly honest I was wondering how anyone could possibly do better than Sissy Spacek, but that turned out fine. Piper Laurie, the original 'Margaret White', the deranged religious nutcase mother of Carrie was a fine performance. The same cannot be said for Julianne Moore's version of the role, which I thought was given far more screen time than deserved or required. Although not a poor performance I found it dragged out beyond necessity.
The 'classmates' didn't lend much to the film either, the original cast of 'teenagers' fared much better than their modern counterparts as they all seemed to have more individual personalities than the modern versions of whom none stood out in any way, with one viable exception.
Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort) is the guy who takes Carrie to the Prom. Although not outstandingly good looking or hunky he does have a charm about him which when it comes into play toward the end of the film does engender some sympathy.
Sympathy also extends to Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) in the role of Carrie's Gym Teacher who doesn't deserve her part in the denouement.
The 'Monet Shot' is the occurrence at the Prom; I say 'Monet' as it is a work of art. Although in essence it is in line with the original it does benefit from big budget effects which wouldn't have been possible in 1976. Although a tad overdone in places it is still a joy to watch, especially when Carrie has a face-off with a car. Chloë Grace Moretz ascends, keeping the focus right where it should be, on the carnage.
A cold wash and Persil Non-Bio and that'll come right out.
The film should really have ended in the same way as the original, but the remake takes a few liberties. There's a 'shock ending' which is really pointless and nowhere near as good as the original's shocker.
Would I recommend the remake? I'd say yes to that, but with the proviso that if you haven't seen the 1976 version you should see that first. It may be 39 years old, but it still delivers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a first rate horror film, and is a faithful adaptation of the excellent novel by Stephen King. It is also a remake of the successful 1976 movie, which starred Sissy Spacek as the titular character, Piper Laurie as her deranged mother, and John Travolta as Carrie's date for an ill-fated Prom Night - Carrie [Blu-ray] 
Here, Chloe Grace Moretz (famous for the KickAss movies - Kick-Ass/Kick-Ass 2 [Blu-ray] [Region Free] ), takes the lead role, and excellent she is too. Julianne Moore plays her mother, Margaret, and she too doesn't put a foot wrong.
Margaret is a bible-bashing, agoraphobic, self-harming, and psychotic parent. She hates sex, it's the work of the Devil, and it doesn't occur to her that she's causing her daughter enormous psychological harm. Carrie is an introverted, naive teenage girl, the odd one out at High School, and the subject of bullying by the other girls. She has her first period whilst in the girls' locker room, suffers from a panic attack because she doesn't understand what's happening to her body, and the other teenagers mock her mercilessly, using their mobiles to film Carrie's distress.
The girls are led by a particularly loathsome teenager, Chris. Adding insult to injury, Chris puts the digital film onto YouTube.
Carrie has the power of telekinesis, inherited from her father and grandmother. She can move and shape any physical object, using mind control. As her anger builds each day, she starts practising and honing her skills. Meanwhile, the misbehaviour of Chris results in her exclusion from the High School Prom, and she swears to punish Carrie for that.
One of the other girls involved in tormenting Carrie, Sue, feels contempt for her own conduct. As a penance, she persuades her good looking boyfriend, Tommy, to take Carrie to the High School Prom. Carrie is initially suspicious and reticent about the invite, but she succumbs to this opportunity to move away from her image as the High School misfit. The stage is then set for the High School Prom, where Chris, Carrie, Tommy, Sue, and many others, will meet their fates.
This is a highly enjoyable, efficient and gripping horror. Both Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore give spirited, chilling performances, whilst the supporting cast are very good too. However, the film does have its weaknesses, which stops it from reaching the pantheon of all-time great horror movies.
Firstly, Chloe Moretz is too pretty, too well spoken, and frankly too likeable, to be completely convincing as the High School leper. Sissy Spacek in the original movie was better cast, because she was quite odd looking, though not entirely unattractive, and had slightly mad eyes.
Secondly, the big climax to the movie, when all Hell breaks loose at the Prom, although well choreographed and shot, is not particularly scary. In terms of shock-effect, this version of Carrie is very reminiscent of another Stephen King film made into a book, namely Firestarter, starring Drew Barrymore, where a little girl had a form of telekinesis, which enabled her to create and control fire using mind control. That too had well staged scenes when the little girl was destroying buildings and bad guys with fireballs, but, like this new version of Carrie, it wasn't particularly scary - Firestarter [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
Thirdly, the kills scenes aren't good enough, i.e. they're neither disturbing nor stomach turning nor inventive enough, which is a great pity. It's another reason why this film had me thinking of the similarities with Firestarter. I'm sure that the CGI could have been used more effectively, i.e. perhaps showing Carrie using her powers to bend people's bodies into extreme shapes, or pulling their eyeballs from their sockets, etc, which doesn't happen here. In David Cronenberg's Scanners, there's an infamous scene where the bad guy uses the power of telekinesis to make another man's head explode. It was startlingly original at the time, and nothing in this movie comes near to matching that shock-effect - Scanners [Blu-Ray]
Fourthly, by staying very faithful to the novel, this film brought nothing new to the table. If you've seen the 70's movie and/or read the book, you'll pretty much know exactly what's going to happen, scene by scene. It's a shame that some artistic license wasn't used, and one or two new characters and/or plot twists added. For instance, it's a shame that John Travolta wasn't persuaded to take a cameo role, perhaps as a religious fanatic and the school Head Teacher, who takes advantage of his position of power to abuse Carrie and/or her mother. That would have been a very different and disturbing take on the story, distinguishing it from the 1976 original.
All in all, this is a very good horror film, which falls just short of greatness. However, before spending your money, you might want to think about waiting until this movie is released as a double DVD with the original 1976 movie, which I suspect will probably happen sooner rather than later.
Finally, if you like this type of horror, you might also be interested in American Mary, Dead Girl, Excision and May (especially May, which has lots of similarities with Carrie) - American Mary [Blu-ray]  [Region Free], Dead Girl [DVD] , EXCISION (Monster Pictures) (BLU-RAY), May [DVD]. Each of these horror flicks is highly original and novel, with a vaguely similar vibe to Carrie.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I must confess in recent years I have been critical of re-makes.
The Original 1976 'Sissy Spacec' version was indeed a classic
So it's fair to say that I wasn't sure how this would turn out, though
I acknowledge the casting of 'Chloe Grace Mortez' as 'Carrie' and
'Julianne Moore' as the bible-pushing and domineering mother
'Margaret White' was indeed promising.
'Carrie' at school is an outcast, she just doesn't fit in, and is often
mocked by the other students.
Early on 'Carrie' begins to notice that unexplained things happen
often when upset or annoyed.
Learning to harness and control those powers is another thing however.
The school 'Prom' is coming up, things being as they are at school
'Carrie' would not expect to attend.
However one of her fellow pupils is feeling bad about how she and others
had wronged 'Carrie' a few days earlier, so she asks her boyfriend 'Tommy'
to ask the naïve teen to accompany him to the 'Prom'
Of course 'Carrie's' mother won't approve, however having accepted the
invitation she is going, and uses her 'Telekinetic' powers to convince her
mother that 'no' wasn't an option.
'Nicki' the school 'bitch' with the help of her boyfriend devise an evil plot to
turn 'Carrie's' night at the 'Prom' into a nightmare.
The mocking quickly turns into screams and panic as 'Carrie' turns her
humiliation into vengeance.
The original of course did not have the benefit of the technology that this
This, a decent re-make though possibly lacking the sense of dramatic
intensity many remember.
I guess if this is the first version seen....it's pretty good.
Had I never seen the original I too would be content.
*Commentary by director 'Kimberly Price'
*Deleted and extended scenes.
*The power of 'Telekinesis'
The 1976 version of ‘Carrie’ is undoubtedly a classic – the tale of a troubled teenage girl who gets bullied and exacts her revenge via her telekinetic superpowers. And here we have the remake. Or ‘re-envisioning’ as the film-makers would prefer we referred to it as. Remakes (for that’s what I call them) always have a difficult time. Either they’re nothing like the original and no one can understand why they’ve been called a ‘remake’ (besides the producers trying to cash in on the title), or they’re exactly the same (albeit updated) and therefore nothing new.
Carrie (2013) falls into the latter. If you’ve seen the 1976 version you really don’t need to watch this. It’s basically the same film (i.e. same story, same ‘scare scenes’ and same characters), but with modern hairstyles and references to Youtube etc.
As with the original, everyone in the remake plays their parts well. As with the original the scares are effective. And, as with the original, it’s a pretty decent film – the reason being it’s exactly the same.
I loved the original, so I suppose that means I love this one, too. However, although I enjoyed watching Carrie again (I don’t need to mention which one as both versions are the same!), I doubt I’ll watch the remake again as I already own the original on DVD so I’ll stick to that one.
Yes, the special effects have been beefed up in the 2013 remake and they work well, plus some scenes have been ‘fleshed-out’ to give them a more modern spin, but, apart from that, there’s nothing new brought to the table.
If you haven’t seen the original and don’t want to watch a horror film where people sport big seventies haircuts then go straight to the new version. Plus fans of Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz should get more out of it than most.
If nothing else... this film proves that you really shouldn't mess (or throw tampons) at 'Hit Girl!'
on 8 September 2015
The original 'Carrie' is one of my favorite films so I really wanted to like this....but, imagine a remake of 'The shining'... it can't be done better right...?! OK so they pulled it off with 'The Thing' ,but that was a prequel and not a scene for scene re make of the original.
And although Chloe Moretz and Juliannne Moore are perfect for Carrie and her mother, aside from a couple nods to the fact that this has been re made 37 years after the first 'Carrie' - mobile phones and posting video on-line, the film makers seemed to be afraid to stray an inch away from the original, probably because they knew they couldn't improve on it. The rest of the characters, although just ok, are that little bit less convincing than the original Sue, Tommy, Billy & Chris. And if you compare the many iconic scenes from the original with the remake, there's just that something lacking every single time. Unfortunately, none more so than the final scene...I still remember the screams in the cinema...so what a let down here. I'm afraid that finally nailed this one, sadly, as a wasted opportunity.
So, if you're 16 now - It's quite a good film, But if you first saw Carrie in 1976, you'll appreciate why 'they've' had the sense not to try and remake The shining!
on 17 April 2014
Too many people call this a remake - it's not.
This was a Stephen King book that spawned a 1976 film that, to date, is still a good film.
This is an adaption of the book, not a remake of the film.
Chloe plays her role perfectly, she is after all a really good actress that clearly has a future ahead of her. And to be fair, all the actors play their roles really well and as such the film achieves what it sets out to do. However, I must admit i preferred the alternate ending.
Not sure how quick they needed to get the film out but one small criticism - proof check it before you release it. It's not her fault but Chloe was only 15 when this was made and in one scene she is lying on her back, being attacked by her mother. Sadly you clearly see her, during the fight scene, take her left arm out of the fight to bring it down and adjust her dress which was beginning to reveal what she must have thought was too much. I'm not a critic but i clearly saw it, didn't ruin the film but it shouldn't be there.
That said, it is a really good adaption and well worth watching.
on 26 July 2014
I did not buy this film from amazon but I wanted to share my thoughts on the film regardless. Whilst I will freely admit to being a remake whore, this remake is actually very good. Whilst never quite scaling the heights of the Brian de Palma / Sissy Spacek original, this updated version is nevertheless hugely entertaining, thanks to the performances alone. Julianne Moore is one if the best actresses of all time and a personal favourite of mine and here she owns her scenes. Judy Greer is also a favourite and here she is perfectly cast. All of the other actors and actresses are spot on also. I will admit that I skipped past the pig scene (I have no desire to see that ever in my life time). The magnificent prom scene is done here with some truly dazzling effects and is on par with the previous one. There was no hand / grave scene in this version but it's not a shot for shot remake so it wasn't expected. Highly recommended. I liked it.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I've always been a fan of the Sissy Spacek version and I love the book; so there was an element of 'why did they bother' to the remake for me. However, as I like to approach things with an open mind, I was looking forward to seeing this new version. I'd also read some of the reviews on here and felt I was prepared for a bit of a disappointment.
The good: the last half hour is great. The prom sequence - while a bit shorter than I would have liked - is really well done as is the finale. The alternate ending (only on this blu-ray apparently) is also MUCH better than the theatrical version (also on this disc). Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are both great as Carrie and Margaret White, and the supporting cast do a very good job. The film looks great and I loved EVERY scene that wasn't in the original.
So, onto the bad: the script is the main problem here. I don't have a problem with remakes paying homage to the original. If anything I find that enjoyable and exciting. However, when they literally lift the dialogue from the previous film I find it lazy and boring. I was able to quote lines as they were being said - something you should never be able to do with a film you haven't seen. Also, they've sped the story up (presumably because of supposed short attention spans in cinema-going audiences - can anyone say Lord of the Rings?!) and this results in many of the peripheral characters being severely under-developed. The result of this is, of course, that you don't really care about anyone other than Carrie. In the original (and the book, of course) you're rooting for Carrie to get her revenge on Chris and her cronies, and for Sue and Miss Desjardin to survive.
Having said all that, the film IS good; and I think for anyone who's never seen the original this would be a great version. I also think that on second viewing I will enjoy it more because I won't be comparing it to the original.
All in all, I was a bit disappointed.
The extras on the blu-ray are pretty good. Listening to the Director talking about her 'new vision' for the story and her love of the book, I'm inclined to agree with other reviewers who presume the studio interfered. I also watched the 10 minutes of deleted scenes and ALL of it should have been left in the film. It's all character building stuff that would have helped greatly.
29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Every so often we get a remake of a horror classic, and most times they do not hold a candle to the original. Case in point Sam Peckinpah's classic Straw Dogs starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. Other examples being Sam Raimi's Evil Dead, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, classics in the genre.
Occasionally though a worthwhile remake comes along such as I Spit on Your Grave or Last House on the Left which while the originals may not be classics they have gained a certain reputation, and a good way to explore the originals. I particularly liked the remake of John Carpenter's The Thing which can be seen as a precursor to the Alien movies, and I loved that they made the protagonist female.
Among the hardest acts to follow would be the remake of De Palma's original version of Carrie based on the Stephen King classic book which had a stellar cast including Sissy Spacek and John Travolta in a minor role. It has been a long time since I saw the original, and as I watched this remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz, at first I did start comparing it to the original but as I continued to watch I began to realize what a brilliant story this is, and how relevant it is as a metaphor for high school life today. The original has a surprise element which I have now seen many times with slight variations in other movies, an indicator of its huge influence..
Since the original movie in 1976 we have had many high school shootings. In some cases the perpetrators are marginalized or outsiders, treated as weird or even bullied by other kids with tragic consequences. So in some respects while Carrie is a tale of a girl with supernatural abilities, with a religious zealot for a mother, in this case played very ably by Julianne Moore, kept ignorant of the facts of life, and who is exploited and bullied by the other girls, and if you care to look at it on a deeper level it is a story of the reality of fitting and even surviving.
The story elements mesh together beautifully. We have the entitled bad girl cheerleader, the crazy mother, the girl with a conscience who regrets her participation, the supportive gym teacher, and the unfortunate girl who wants a shot at a normal life. Even though Carrie does bad things we get the sense that if things had gone only slightly differently she might have achieved that goal. If the prom were to go off without incident who knows what would be possible, but high school and the darker side of human nature can throw some serious curve balls.
I have to admit I was quite taken with this remake, and I loved the recurring symbolism of blood and roses of different colors throughout the movie. Does it hold a candle to the original? I think so, and it's updated to today's age to allow for social media expanding the level of humiliation possible to foist on a young girl.
Carrie did quite well at the Box Office opening to a $16 million weekend and achieving a highly respectable $35 million domestically and more than $82 million worldwide so far, from a $30 million production budget, with dvd sales yet to come.
Recently Carrie won the People's Choice award for Favorite Horror Movie.
I think most people will love it and I hope this was helpful.
on 30 October 2014
As a fan of the original and a fan of Chloe Grace Moretz I had high hopes for this and indeed for the most part it was almost a scene for scene remake with slight variations which was fine by me. However the film really nose dived from the Prom onwards. I'll try not to give too much away but this turned rapidly from Carrie to Carrie Potter and the Jedi of Doom. I've no idea who's idea it was for Carrie to be waving her hands and arms around like some insane Jedi/wizard but they should be shot. Telekinesis is the power to move things via the mind not by waving your arms around. Then we get the twist at the end where we learn that not only is Carrie telekinetic but psychic as well. I sure didn't see that coming.. I've sold my copy on to someone who might appreciate it more. For me it was major letdown from the Prom onwards......