Carrie (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet)
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I will never forget reading Stephen King's Carrie., nor will I ever forget watching the movie Carrie (1976). I am not a fan of remakes, or reboots. I find them pointless when the original is indisputably a classic. I will admit when I received the email from Netflix that the 2013 rendition of Carrie was on line, I was a little excited, maybe it was because it is October, and there a few horror movies worth the watch.
I think everyone knows the synopsis of the film (novel). Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.
It is a simple plot, but so packed full with depth and underlying themes that are so uncomplicated they are genius.
I was prepared to dislike the remake. The original had Sissy Spacek as Carrie, and Piper Laurie as Margaret White, Carrie's mother. The two carried the movie. Their acting is what made the movie such a success. Laurie was amazing. Creepy. I had nightmares from her performance as a religious heretic, a Bible thumping fanatic. Spacek was so timid and shy, so pathetic and weak. I could never imagine anyone else playing either role nearly as well. I remember trying to watch other movies with Spacek, and just couldn't do it. She scared me. Even though she was never the evil in the story.Read more ›
The problem with the movie are its extreme caricatures and some overly dramatic scenes like the initial bathroom scene, the miss-drama-queen training session where coach suspends the antagonist. I dunno... I know their purpose is to make it clear that Carrie has justifications for freaking out at the end and the mean kids really get what's coming to them, but IMO a director who can delicately straddle the line between drama and melodrama is what makes a horror movie go from "Meh, Okay" to "Awesome", and that line is probably the hardest to walk in a gory horror movie.
Chloe Grace Moritz sheds a lot of the painful timidity and utter naivete of Sissy Spacek's potrayal, but there are parts in the end when she's just doing this overly maniacal heaving thing when she wields her powers.Read more ›
The performances, while quite good were not as impressive as they should have been with such juicy parts and talented actresses. I don't know why they didn't perform as well as I believe they could have (director? script issues? fx issues? or the actresses just couldn't connect with their characters?). Most likely there is more than one reason, but whatever the reasons both the experienced Julianne Moore and the relatively novice Chloe Grace Moretz gave somewhat uneven performances. If they were better than very good I would have rounded up to 4 stars rather than down from 3.5 for the 5 star scale with only whole stars available. As it is we rely on the solid story (Carrie is one of King's better novels) and modern special effects.
Where the story is concerned there were two significant differences from the earlier version and more importantly the novel that are worth mentioning. SPOILER ALERT! The movie begins with Carrie's birth. Perhaps someone who has read the book within the last 25 years can confirm or correct me, but I do not believe King wrote any such scene. I found it unnecessary and capricious.Read more ›
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I heard there was a Extended Director's Cut with Alternate Ending on Blu-ray.Published 26 days ago by Theresa Gates
I can't wait to watch this one as I am a huge fan of Chloe Grace Moretz I think she is gorgeous and a wonderful person and very talented.Published 1 month ago by Richad Marsh
Was exactly the same as the original just different actors.Published 2 months ago by Colleen Babich
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