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Blu-ray Shopping Bag: Carrie 2013

The Horror PSA Fails

By Robert T. Trate     January 14, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Same old Carrie even in 2013.
© MGM/ FOX
I bit the bullet, Maniacs. I simply had to. After sitting through the New York Comic Con panel and hearing how different this version of Carrie was going to be, I had to see it. Is there more to tell in yet another adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale? Would this version be closer to the book? Would modern audiences (or any audience) want to see a story that is so well known, again? Despite the reviews, I picked up a copy of Carrie on Blu-ray. 

Cut To: 99+ minutes later and a quick look at the alternate ending. 

Yes, that was the movie about Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young woman who is ridiculed at school and then discovers she has telekinetic powers. Were there any surprises here? In actuality, I thought the R rating was bit much. There wasn’t anything here that was shocking or horrific. There wasn’t even the obligatory topless shot in the girls’ locker room. During the course of the film, there must have been three F-Bombs, but I didn’t see what the big deal was with the R rating. So why did we need a third version of Carrie?

I thought about this long and hard and it came down to one explanation, bullying. Everywhere you look now, people are trying to stop bullying in schools; as they should because it is a very real problem that kids and parents face. Whether it be in the classroom or online (another reason why the internet can be a horrible place) bullying has to be stopped. I found this version of Carrie, much like the original, to be one long public service announcement. That message being, if you mess with that shy, strange student in the corner, they will get even with you. 

Here, this version fails and fails miserably in the casting of the film’s lead. Chloe Grace Moretz is a fine actress. If you need more convincing, just watch her as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass or as Rachel in (500) Days of Summer. To say I could never picture young Carrie White kill anyone or hurt a fly is ridiculous. I have watched Moretz do amazing things with a butterfly knife and kill more than her fair share of bad guys. In short, she is not harmless, nor is she a frail human being. Outside of the actress FOX and MGM casted for the role, the character of Carrie quickly develops her abilities and starts to master them. Was there a deleted scene where she attended a workshop held by Professor X? The last nail in the coffin for Carrie is her transformation. Moretz’s transformation from wallflower to prom queen is about as quick as Rachel Leigh Cook going from dork to hottie in She’s All That (1999). The wallflower aspect just isn’t believable. The film needed a unknown, someone who could make you believe that all this was happening and that there really was something at stake. 

SPOILERS for Carrie 2013 AHEAD

When Carrie’s Mom (Julianne Moore) started to get hers, the real horror started. No, it wasn’t the telekinetic craziness going on. It was Margaret slicing her daughter with a simple kitchen knife that made me cringe. Those slices and cuts reminded me of another movie and I suddenly realized how Carrie could have been saved. Forget the next upcoming star or Hollywood’s incessant need to find the next Julia Roberts. Sam Raimi and Fede Alvarez hit us with a fantastic scary thrill ride in their remake of Evil Dead. Simple scares and a fantastic, relatively unknown actress made all the difference. Carrie was all that we feared it would be and completely unnecessary.
 
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1. Rififi (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD)
2. The Old Dark House Mystery Collection (SD Blu-ray) Cat and the Canary / One Frightened Night / Then There Were...
3. In the Heat of the Night [Blu-ray]
4. Thief (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD)
5. Riddick (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet)

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Criterion Collection

Rififi (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD)

Thief (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray/DVD) Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson and James Belushi (1981)

HORROR

An Evening With Ed Wood Jr

Army of the Damned Starring Tony Todd, Joey Fatone and Sully Erna

Carrie Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday

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Die Screaming Marianne Starring Susan George, Barry Evans and Christopher Sandford

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Insidious 1 & 2 [Blu-ray]

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Silence Starring Masiela Lusha and Muse Watson Matthew Lawrence

The Old Dark House Mystery Collection (SD Blu-ray) Cat and the Canary / One Frightened Night / Then There Were...Starring Wallace Ford, Louis Hayward, Roland Young and Boris Karloff

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The Come Back Starring Jack Jones, Pamela Stephenson and David Doyle

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BOX SETS

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COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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Dazzler 1/14/2014 3:10:04 AM

I did enjoy the Carrie movie.  I never did see the first one with Sissy S.  Will have to do that to compare.  I of course know the guist if it anyway for the first one.  Would be cool to see Greatest american hero and Travolta anyway. 

RobertTrate 1/14/2014 6:28:36 AM

 Dazzler the first one is a classic. I was really saddened by no homage to the actors fro the previous film. If there was I couldn't find it. 

redhairs99 1/14/2014 8:04:46 AM

The new Carrie was serviceable, but overall unnecessary as stated.  I said from the beginning, I love Chloe Moretz as an actress.  She has a brilliant future in film to be sure, but she was totally mis-cast as Carrie.  Not for one minute did I feel she was an outcast.  She's too dang pretty to be such.  Having said that, they did they're best to play her up as being an outcast because she's awkward/odd and her mother is crazy as hell.  The bullying angle was good and nicely updated with the Youtube video thing, but still the film fell flat.  Her turn from wallflower to homecoming queen was quick because it wasn't really a transformation (as stated Moretz is too pretty for the role).  

The other issue I had with the movie was that apparently Carrie is now a Jedi or maybe I should say, Sith Lord.  Why was he waving her hands all over the place to make stuff move?  Telekinesis is the power of ones mind to move objects.  You don't have to wave your arms able like you're Luke Skywalker.  Sissy did everything with an intense look/glare.  That make sense.  This did not.

All that said, if you take the movie for what it is and don't compare to the source material (book or original movie), then it was a serviceable film.  Good for a one time watch and not down right terrible.  It was enjoyable for what it was anyway.

Oh and Bob, don't get me started on that horrible Evil Dead remake.  Sure it had loads and loads of practical gore effects which were cool, but absolutely no heart or soul in the movie.  It didn't make you care about even one of the characters in the movie and that's where it failed.  That and the frantic pacing of the edits.  The one good tense scene in the film was in the bathroom when the chick was cutting her face off only to be ruin by fast cuts by the end of the scene to the point that I had no clue what was going on.

ultrazilla2000 1/14/2014 9:58:39 AM

 Personally, I enjoyed the Carrie remake far more than The Evil Dead.  I agree with the star of Carrie not quite having "the look" though, it was hard to believe she would have been THAT bullied, but kids can (and do) gang up on someone for illogical reasons.  A few less arms flailing about would have been a plus though, she's using telekinesis, not casting spells!  But I loved how her pupils dialated with her heart beat, and the glazed over crazy look she got while levitating.  Oh, and Julianne Moore played the insane fundamentalist mother with perfection.   Certainly not a bad remake, I've seen far, far worse!

hanso 1/14/2014 1:48:53 PM

 This is a busy Tuesday.  I picked up Fruitvale Station, and Riddick.  Hoping to pick up Carrie, Enough Said, The Butler, and Spectacular Now.

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