The New Blood
U.S. Release Date: 10/18/13
In an era of horror remakes, it was perhaps inevitable that Carrie, Stephen King’s tale of Carrie White, an adolescent girl who uses her telekentic powers to unleash a bloody and brutal revenge against her high school tormentors, be revisited on the big screen.
However, director Kimberly Pierce, best known for the Oscar winning 1999 hit Boys Don’t Cry, says her film is not a remake of director Brian de Palma’s classic 1976 adaptaion of Carrie, which starred Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie as Carrie and her religiously fanatical mother respectively. Instead, she has, according to early press reports, gone back to King’s original novel.
“What I wanted to capture was the essence of Stephen King,” says Peirce. “I went back to King’s characterizations of Carrie, her mother, and the girls, and to Carrie’s response to being bullied. Carrie is a misfit and an outcast who, like most of us, longs to be loved and accepted.”
Chloe Grace Moretz plays the charcter this time around. Unlike Sissy Spacek, who was in her twenties when stepped into Carrie’s shoes, Moretz is still in her teenage years.
“We were lucky that Chloe was just starting to go through many of the experiences that Carrie was going through. That youthful innocence and sweetness, and the beginning of her teenage rebellion, forms the spine of Carrie’s character. I am very proud of Chloë’s transformation. You’re going to see Chloë grow up before your eyes on screen.”
Moretz says the novel which has become an iconic classic, is “beautifully written.” However, King’s world famous tale almost never saw the light of day. The author threw the first draft in the garbage because he wasn’t happy with the story’s direction, but his wife rescued it and convinced him to keep writing.
The rest, as they say, is history. Carrie, upon publication, became an instant best-seller and lauhched the career of one of the most prolific novelists in recent memory.
De Palma quickly grabbed up the rights, and his movie hit big at the box office. Aside from Spacek and Laurie, it also starred Amy Irving, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, William Katt and Betty Buckley.
“Brian De Palma’s film is iconic in that it captured the era’s cultural freshness and indelible performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.”
Having said that, Pierce adds,
“The material was ahead of its time, universal and so good that forty years later there is enough space culturally for both movies to exist.”
Studio: MGM and Screen Gems
Director: Kimberly Pierce
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, and Julianne Moore , Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde and Ansel Elgort.
Screenwriter: Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the novel by Stephen King.
Producer: Kevin Miser
Executive Producers: J. Miles Dale
Source: Sony Pictures
Image: Carrie White ( Chloë Grace Moretz) extracts a terrible revenge against her tormentors in “Carrie.”