The best comment I've seen on Twitter so far about the remake of the horror classic Carrie came from @mikescollins: "Very interested in this high school where the least attractive girl is Chloe Moretz." RIGHT?? Carrie as described by Stephen King was pimply, overweight, and had flat mousey hair -- while Chloe Moretz is sort of ridiculously beautiful, even while partially deglamorized with a frizzy strawberry blonde mop. And honestly, can anyone touch Sissy Spacek's haunting performance in the 1976 original?
The Carrie reboot just hit theaters yesterday, and while reviews seem to be lukewarm so far, there are still plenty of reasons to be intrigued by this film and Chloe's transformation into the titular Carrie White. In fact, I've got a roundup that just might send you to the ticket booth this weekend.
Moretz tried to never break character on set. Normally I just think this sort of 'revelation' is annoying (I can't help but picture Christian Bale at the craft services table, talking in his Batman voice while everyone surreptitiously rolls their eyes), but I like her explanation for doing so:
I was intimated on taking on a Stephen King novel. That's what scared me ... trying to take something that was one of his most iconic pieces of work that he's ever written and try and breathe life, even halfway as good, as the words that he has put into a book. (…) It was the first movie I ever did in which I wanted to try method [acting]. You know, trying to really breathe and live in her because she is such a dark character you can't just cut and be like hee-hawing around.
Carrie was delayed to make it scarier. The movie was originally scheduled to hit theaters last March, but it was pushed back seven months for a Halloween-centered release date. According to Moretz,
We actually prolonged the film, to be honest. We did some reshoots [in Toronto this past May], and added three extra scenes with Julianne [Moore, playing Carrie’s mother Margaret] and I to make the movie even deeper and darker. It wasn’t about cutting anything out or trying to edit around things; it was about adding more to make the movie scarier and more intense.
Carrie is directed by Kim Pierce, who did the amazing 1999 film Boys Don't Cry. Did you know this? I didn't know this.
Pierce worked to make this version different from the Brian De Palma film by hewing closer to King's novel.
I did stay closer to the Stephen King version. I think because I was in so much love with Carrie as a main character, I wanted to put the audience inside her shoes, pretty much how the novel is told. So very much throughout the entire movie, you are with Carrie.
Even so, she modernized it to represent some of the issues happening today:
The idea of bullying, certainly there is a wide awareness of it since the time when De Palma made his movie and Stephen King wrote his book, so I certainly think in some of the scenes there's an awareness by the teachers in school, that these phenomena happen and they need to be more aware of it. I can't give away plot details but we have a really fun and dangerous throughline about something one of the girls does with some social media that builds and builds until it climaxes until the end, but that's just a representation of the modern world and what people are going through.
The famous pig's blood recreation required a LOT of prep, because they only had two takes to get the scene exactly right. Moretz:
At the end of the day, I was just the actor who had to stand there and get it dumped on me. They did something like 50 or 60 or 70 blood tests with one girl dropping the blood every day, five times a day to try and figure out, what height, what air pressure. Do they drop it from a real bucket, or do they use the compressed thing? What gives you the best splatter, different types of blood? (…) What was hard was knowing that after the blood hits, then have to keep going on with the scene. So we didn't just go, oh, blood hits, cut, we're done. It was like: blood hits, then follow it through for like five minutes and do the entire scene.
Moretz didn't let herself get intimidated by playing such an iconic character. I love this:
Everyone always asks me, 'Are you going to live up to Sissy's character and the original movie?' I don't know. I loved the original movie, but you have to be completely secure in what you're doing and what you're putting on screen. I have to think about it like any other movie. It's a movie, a script and a character you love and you really want to go into it, so you do the same you do on any other film, because that's just your process. You just have to be completely confident in what you're doing or else you'll tear yourself apart.
What's your feeling about this remake? Are you planning to see it?
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