Though we are no longer at the peak horror remake fever that we were at a couple years ago, they’re still remaking the horror classics, and the latest is Carrie, from director Kimberly Peirce, and starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. From everything they’re showing us, it’s going to be a very faithful adaptation.
As you can see in this new featurette, they obviously understand that Carrie is about an outsider who we must empathize with to the point that we react in both horror and understanding when she loses control and goes crazy when she’s abused at prom. And though that seems to kick off the film’s finale (and would normally be a spoiler), the bucket of blood — we won’t assume it’s pig blood, because that could be a detail they’ve changed — has been featured in almost all the advertising, along with a blood soaked Moretz. Here’s that featurette:
What’s so fascinating about this new featurette is that it shows a kid on a bike saying “Crazy Carrie, crazy Carrie!” and then getting knocked over. That’s a great small moment in the original, a moment that’s funny but shocking as we get to see Carrie’s powers grow. That they’re doing that scene, along with so many others, makes this look more like Gus Van Sant‘s Psycho than a piece that reconfigures the story into something new. But as the original is a classic, it’s understandable they wouldn’t want to deviate too far from what makes the story work. That said, the original is on DVD and Blu-ray and is still pretty perfect. Carrie opens October 18.
Have you seen the original Carrie?