Have you ever heard the phrase, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it?” Hollywood obviously hasn’t.
Horror movies have lost something over the years. Although I don’t watch them often, if I’m going to watch a scary movie I watch one from the 70’s or 80’s. Now the movies are focused on the effects, they want to show you how good they are with computers. In the 70’s they didn’t have all of the technology we have today, so they had to get real creative; which adds an eerie realism to their movies.
The story of “Carrie” is about Carrie White, a 17-year-old girl who is an outcast among her peers. After being pushed to her breaking point at her senior prom, Carrie unleashes her recently discovered telekinetic power on her classmates and teachers.
Although much of the new movie’s dialogue remained the same from the original, key points in the movie were different. They changed the ending! It wasn’t a good change, either. The original closed it in such a way that the events were believable: as believable as a girl with telekinesis is.
In the remake, they used a cop-out horror movie ending.
The remake was not a total loss, however. Julianne Moore did an excellent job playing Margaret White. She took deranged mother and religious fanatic to a whole ‘nother level. In fact, she did such a good job in this movie that she made me absolutely hate her, and I love Julianne Moore. I think she’s a great actress. I really enjoy watching her, but in this movie I just wanted her to get off the screen because I hated her character so much.
I was thoroughly unimpressed by Chloe Moretz as Carrie. She did an adequate job, but did not “wow” me. I greatly disliked how she used her telekinetic power. She looked like a wizard just waving her arms around: that, or a choir conductor.
Whereas, Sissy Spacek was able to just look in the direction of the thing she wanted to move, and it moved.
The 2013 version of this movie had even more cheesy 80’s effects than the original. The prom scene, which is supposed to be the pinnacle shock moment almost made laugh.
I give this movie two buffalo chips. If you want to watch “Carrie,” then watch the original. Don’t even worry about wasting your money on the new film. You’re getting ripped off, because the original is leaps and bounds better than the new one.