Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Carrie (2013)

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Writers: Lawrence D. Cohen, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Stephen King

Composer: Marco Beltrami

Starring: Julianne Moore, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Zoe Belkin, Ansel Elgort, Samantha Weinstein, Karissa Strain, Judy Greer, Katie Strain, Barry Shabaka Henley, Demetrius Joyette

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You will know her name

Plot: A remake of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Despite my little nitpicks, this is  good movie until the bucket of blood scene at the prom. It's then that the picture fails.  Mortez does a very good job as Carrie and the rest of the cast in their roles.  Mortez does adopt Spacek's way of saying, "Mama", from the original film, CARRIE (1976).  The problem is, Spacek had a Southern accent that she used for the entire film and Mortez only uses the Southern accent to say, "Mama".  Very minor shit, I know.  Mortez starts the film with very blonde hair and then it turns red...and back and forth during the film.  It's never acknowledged which made it feel like a screw-up.  There's one student in a panning shot down the school hallway that looks unattractive.  Other than that one instance, EVERY SINGLE STUDENT at that school is hot and slender.  I don't fucking think so.


So, my problems with the ending.  Once she's drenched in blood, the shit hits the fan.  Carrie only kills (there may have been some collateral damage that I missed) those girls who ridiculed her at the beginning of the film.  In the original she kills everyone but one person.  The shitstorm at the prom lasted too long as did everything afterward with Carrie going home and killing her mother.  There was something about that final act that took forever.  Maybe it was just poorly directed.  Everything leading up to it was great and then it just fell apart or something.  I'm having a hard time explaining it without comparing it to the 1976 film.  The original excels all the way around, especially in the final act.  I was rather disappointed to say the least.  I can always go back to the De Palma classic.


  1. You mean Carrie White? Are you talking about Carrie White? Cause if you're talking about Carrie White, then you should probably mention how many times they had to repeat her first and last name too. That was kind of annoying.

    1. I totally forgot about that. There were only a couple of instances where saying her first and last name was appropriate. Most of the time they could have said "her" or "she" and it would have been fine. Someone that's not me should watch this and count how many times her full name is spoken.