Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce dressed in a smart tuxedo and her leading ladies Julianne Moore who plays Carrie's ultra religious mother Margaret and Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie were on hand on the Red Carpet. Peirce attended the preview with her partner Evren Savci, assistant professor of gender studies at San Francisco State University.
Stephen King's gothic horror tale "Carrie" (1974) is about a sheltered, timid and smart high school girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Eventually they are put to use on her mother and her tormenting classmates.
"Carrie" is an iconic classic from the horror genre but tackles real life social and gender issues such as teenage bullying, the myth of the Prom, religious torture, and the repression of sexuality.
Blood is a central symbol in the film, which is introduced at the birth of Carrie White, her first period and the terrible hoax played on her when she wins the Prom Queen award at her high school and is soaked in pig blood. Blood is associated with impurity and satanism in King's tale and propels Margaret White's insanity but also bullying teens in a "blood sport".
"Carrie" has been made into film or a TV movie four times. The first 'Carrie' (1976) directed by Brian De Palma starring Sissy Spacek as 'Carrie' and Piper Laurie as her mother remains the number one classic. De Palma and Peirce are close friends,
The 1999 "Carrie" received mediocre reviews. There was even "The Rage: Carrie 2" directed by Katt Shea where the buried Carrie (Emily Bergl) is revived 22 years after she demolished the high school gym and killed her classmates. Angela Bettis and Patricia Clarkson play mother and daughter in the 2002 "Carrie" TV movie.
Kimberly Peirce is a skilled helmer with 16 international awards and eight nominations for Boys Don't Cry (1999), which brought Hilary Swank her first Oscar as Best Actress for her role as the transgender teenager "Brandon Teena". The film was about the murder of Teena in a small town in Nebraska in 1993. Peirce first made a short film about Teena two years after his murder.
"Stop Loss" (2008) was a war drama Peirce directed about a US soldier returning from duty in Iraq and forced to return, starring Ryan Philippe.