Halloween is almost upon us and for the first time in almost a decade, there is no horror sequels in theaters. Despite it being a breath of fresh air, horror is general is noticeably absent this month. Thankfully, there’s “Carrie,” the lone horror film currently available on the big screen.
This time around, Chloe Grace Moretz plays Carrie White, sole daughter of a religious fanatic who blames Carrie’s period on the devil. Carrie’s life isn’t any better outside of the home. She’s ostracized and teased by her female classmates, ones who torment her for being different. When Carrie discovers she has a bizarre talent, it puts her life on an unexpected course.
The original Carrie movie is a horror movie staple. Since taking Stephen King’s story to the big screen 1976, it has survived a sequel and remake that failed to capture the essence of the original film. With that in mind, the 2013 version manages to make the best case for living up to the first go round. Director Kimberly Peirce is no stranger to dark and intense material. Here, she plays to her strengths and paints a strong story. The film is rife with fantastic shots that cleverly establish the film and add flourishes to a well-known story. Despite a few minor tweaks to the third act, the film is very close to its predecessor. With a lack of alternative movies to spook, “Carrie” is a decent way to celebrate Halloween. But it isn’t where it could be. 3 out 5 stars.
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