Trailer Tuesday: Carrie 2013

Despite the fact that the 1976 Sissy Spacek starrer is one of my all-time favourite horror films / dark revenge fantasies, I can't say I was particularly opposed to the idea of a remaking this classic - based of course on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

 So when it came to the this year's Carrie - which is supposedly more faithful to King's book - I was on paper already mostly sold by the idea of Julianne Moore playing Margaret White, the title character's awful, abusive, completely cray-cray mother. For the record, love-her-or-hate-her Chloe Moretz is Carrie, a bullied high school outcast whose puberty coincides with the development of telekinetic powers. These abilities are initially empowering for Carrie, and seem to signal a new, more satisfying chapter in her life. This is until a prank at her expense leads to tragedy, however.

So yeah, in theory, I wasn't opposed to a Carrie reinterpretation, particularly since it comes from the woman director of Boys Don't Cry. Watching the trailer though, I felt a disappointing surge of indifference. Apart from updating the story to the age of smartphones, and introducing some fancier telekinetic special effects, what really is this adaptation offering that's new? It's not like audiences don't know what happens in the end, surely? It just all seems so damn pointless.


Delayed by seven months to presumably debut closer to Halloween, Carrie releases in North America on 18 October. The film is apparently set to open in South Africa on 3 January 2014, although that could easily change at this point.


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