This day and age they are just remaking every classic film in the Hollywood archive whether it needs it or not. Some of them people don’t care either way, but films like the 1976 Brian De Palma classic Carrie is one that still holds up today and has a fan base that hold it as sacred ground. When they announced they were remaking this iconic horror film fans were horrified with good reason, but with the casting of Chloe Grace Mortez, Julianne Moore and a trailer that looked to honor the original could this remake actually work?
Carrie follows a shy girl sheltered by her deeply religious mother and treated as an outcast by her peers who slowly discovers she has telekinetic powers. When she is finally pushed too far she unleashes her mind altering fury on all those around her. This new vision of Carrie works surprisingly well thanks to the excellent performances by its leads. The film is pretty much the exact same film with it being updated to be in present day and a few more in depth story elements. Mortez brings an excellent awkward innocence to the role that is needed to make the character work and on some levels works better than Spacek did in the original. It’s not that she is better she just feels more out of place and it just works. Moore is the real scene stealer here as her version of the mother plays up as way more sinister and religiously psychotic. Their scenes together are the best of the film bring that love, hate, and fear dynamic needed to make their relationship work. Sadly the rest of the cast are generic, forgettable, and often just pretty bad. Most of them do fine with their roles, but really brought nothing more than just enough that was needed. Thankfully Moore and Mortez were so good you can look past the rest. The big climatic prom sequence steps things up to be more of a massacre of pure rage and a wider variety of killing. The majority of it works really well, but there is a little too much and it takes away from the horror that it could have delivered.
While this film doesn’t sport any of the iconic slow motion shots of the original, there are some cool visuals allowing Mortez to bring her own rage fueled massacre to life. There will no doubt be a lot of hardcore fans who refuse to give this film a chance, but it deserves its shot. It will obviously not replace the classic and doesn’t have the style De Palma puts forward, but stands as one of the better remakes and one that given the shot fans will most likely enjoy.