"Carrie" is a 1976 film based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. The film is a classic staple of the horror movie genre, and this month audiences get to look forward to its long-awaited remake. The "Carrie" remake will premiere on October 18, 2013, giving audiences a modern take on the cult classic. The film will star Chloe Grace Moretz as the leading character, a sheltered young girl who must navigate the harsh hallways of high school life while concealing her supernatural abilities.
Carrie is a young teenager who begins high school in spite of the concerns of her fanatically religious mother, portrayed by Julianne Moore. Carrie is severely abused and often gets locked away in the basement when her mother believes she has committed a sin, and she doesn't receive a break at school either. Because of her sheltered upbringing, Carrie lacks the social skills necessary to win popularity among her peers, and her extremely conservative wardrobe doesn't help matters. It doesn't take long before Carrie becomes the favorite target of a group of bullies at her school, and a cruel prank at homecoming cements her status as an outcast. Pushed to her limits, Carrie is faced with enemies coming at her from all sides, including from within.
American audiences are known for ravenously consuming horror films as soon as the directors can churn them out, and this season marks one of the biggest for the horror genre in recent years. With the recent release of the wildly popular "Insidious 2" and "The Conjuring," it looks like "Carrie" will be enthusiastically received. Remakes of classic films have seen considerable success in the past couple of years. "Evil Dead" did well at the box office and received positive critical reviews, and the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" had enormous success as well. "Carrie" is poised to perform even better, considering the fact that the film is one of the most iconic titles in horror movie history.
Author Stephen King injected just the right amount of dramatic buildup, suspense, and supernatural horror in his novel, and the remake promises to bring all those qualities to life on screen. With a massive budget and a star-studded cast, the new "Carrie" will embody all that fans loved about the original while giving the story a fresh, modern finish. Chloe Grace Moretz has been chosen to play Carrie, and her portrayal promises to be true to the original. Moretz is known for her ability to emulate the important aspects of a character while putting her own spin on the role. Her past roles in horror films such as "Let Me In" and "Dark Shadows" demonstrate her versatility as an actress. In spite of her young age, Moretz is clearly capable of portraying a truly chilling character. Abby, the eternally young vampire character she portrayed in "Let Me In," was perfect preparation for Carrie, thanks to her cold and vicious interior hiding beneath a mask of sweetness and charm.
Julianne Moore promises to give an excellent performance as Carrie's zealous mother, Margaret White. Moore is known for her portrayals of strong, self-assured women and action heroines, so seeing her in such a vastly different role will be fascinating for fans. The actress sheds her confident demeanor to take on the role of a very insecure and frightened woman who, in her desperation to protect her daughter, ends up harming them both. When Margaret discovers Carrie's hidden powers, she becomes increasingly erratic in her behavior and may prove to be more of a threat than Carrie herself.
Whether you are a fan of classic horror or simply a movie buff, "Carrie" is a must-see film in theaters. While the original operated on a limited budget, the remake has the benefit of modern CGI techniques and some of the best screenwriters in the industry. With a great supporting cast and two of the most talented female leads in Hollywood, this film promises to be a great success. Even those who don't enjoy traditional horror films should consider giving "Carrie" a try, since the film goes much deeper into the genre than jump scares and special effects. "Carrie" is a psychological thriller as much as a horror film, and the tense relationship between Carrie and her peers at school provides a remarkably relatable backdrop for most moviegoers. From solid writing and acting to eerie thrills, "Carrie" is truly a great way to celebrate the season of all things spooky.