It looks like I might have to back off my long-held stance that Hollywood should keep their bumbling money-grubbing paws off classic horror movie scripts as they relentlessly feed the remake machine, because not only am I eagerly awaiting my Saturday date night plans to watch Evil Dead, I'm totally excited about the new version of Carrie that's starring Chloë Moretz and Julianne Moore.
Of course, it'll be hard for this remake to compete with the impact of Brian DePalma's 1976 original, based on the Stephen King book of the same name. But judging by the first trailer that's hit the web, 2013's Carrie has a horrific vibe all its own.
If you haven't read or seen Carrie, the general (er, massively abbreviated) plot is this: deeply religious mother, sheltered telekinetic teen girl, nightmarish treatment towards said girl from her high school peers, crazy climactic violent response from Carrie during her high school prom.
Of course, you probably ARE familiar with the story, which is, I assume, why the trailer for this remake shows as many of the integral scenes as it does. Maybe there are a few people left on the planet who don't know that Carrie gets soaked with blood during prom, but, well, calling that moment a spoiler is sort of like calling foul on hearing that the guy in The Sixth Sense was dead all along.
So I really don't think director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) is trying to say this is a totally re-imagined version -- rather, it's a reboot. And one that feels pretty timely, considering our national focus on bullying (check out the cameraphones during the infamous tampon scene -- gah).
Here's the trailer:
It looks pretty promising, right? Julianne Moore seems pitch-perfect as Carrie's awful mom, and while I wouldn't have thought of Chloë Moretz for this -- she's too pretty, for one thing, and she doesn't seem to have the watery self-loathing aura that Sissy Spacek brought to the role -- she's a super-talented young actress and I'm pretty interested to see how she takes that sweet, meek persona into the CGI-assisted destructor she apparently becomes at the end.
Also, I can't wait for this creepy version of Julianne Moore to refer to breasts as "dirty pillows."
What do you think about the Carrie trailer? Will you be seeing it when it comes out on October 18th?
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