Review: Carrie

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Review: CarrieCarrie * by Kimberlie Peirce, Brian de Palma
Released by MGM on November 1976, 2013
Genres: Horror
Length: 1h 39m
Source: Seen in cinema, Seen online
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt.

    

 

A reimagining 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.

For King’s March, I decided to read Carrie, because I liked both version of the movie, and I had never read a book by Stephen King before, so I thought I’d try this one first. Then, I decided I would watch both movies too, to see the differences between both movies, and between the movies and the book. If you want to read my review of the book, please click this link!

At first, I thought about making a separate review post for both movies, but that would result in three Carrie reviews in total; so I decided to just make one for the book (which you can find here), and one for both movies. So here we are.

It has been a long time since I watched the 1976 version of Carrie, and I didn’t remember much of it, apart from the scary blood soaked hand at the end of the movie that gave me nightmares for almost a week (I don’t react well to horror movies, haha). I was really excited when I heard there would be a remake of the movie, and I had to go and see it when it was released in the cinemas last November.

Yesterday, I re-watched both movies right after each other, and I noticed that they were very similar. I think the new filmmakers decided to copy parts of the script, because some of the things said/done were almost exactly the same as in the older movie. Parts that weren’t in the book. I liked that, I liked that though they modernized the new version (with mobile phones, youtube, etc), they kept a lot of the old movie.

I have to admit, I liked the 2013 version better, because I’m not really a big fan of ‘old’ movies (apart from animation/disney movies). Though Carrie definitely belongs to my favourite movies (both version).

I liked how Prom Night was done. I did feel sorry for Carrie of course, and for Tommy who got killed by a bucket in the head (ouch). But I liked the way she decided to ‘punish’ the ones that had done her wrong. I had one problem with the old movie though, during the whole prom disaster, the lights were red, which I found a bit annoying (I have photographed a lot of concerts, and I have always HATED the moments when the lights turned red).

I would have liked to see the destruction of the rest of the town though, but that didn’t happen in either movie. The car crash that killed Billy and Chris was similar though, but I have to say I liked the 2013 version better (it had a bit more drama, which I am a big fan of).

And of course, in the new version, I knew the cast a bit better. I had seen Chloë in 500 Days of Summer, and I knew Julianne Moore is playing in Mockingjay and Ansel Elgort in both Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.

There was one big difference between the movies though. When I watched the new movie in the cinema, the ending was completely different from the old movie. Which I was a tiny bit disappointed at (I had prepared myself for the moment that hand appeared). But, when I re-watched the movies yesterday, the ending for the new movie was different from the one I’d seen in the cinema, though more like the original ending. (I had this once before, when watching Now You See Me, a bit weird actually).

In the end, I have to say I liked the 2013 version more, because I knew more of the actors (yes I’m more likely to like a movie when there are nice actors in it). But I decided to rate both movies four stars!

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