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A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.

Starring:
Judy Greer, Julianne Moore
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Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Judy Greer, Julianne Moore, Michelle Nolden, Gabriella Wilde, Alex Russell, Chloe Grace Moretz
Director Kimberly Peirce
Genres Horror
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 30 May 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing German
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, German, Danish, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Judy Greer, Julianne Moore, Michelle Nolden, Gabriella Wilde, Alex Russell, Chloe Grace Moretz
Director Kimberly Peirce
Genres Horror
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 30 May 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Swedish, Spanish, Finnish, Danish, Japanese, Portuguese, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Format: DVD
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.
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By Inkhorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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.
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Format: Blu-ray
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.
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