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Carrie (2013)

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A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

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Kimberly Peirce

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Margaret White
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Carrie White
Gabriella Wilde ... Sue Snell
Portia Doubleday ... Chris Hargensen
Zoë Belkin ... Tina
Samantha Weinstein ... Heather
Karissa Strain ... Nicki
Katie Strain ... Lizzy
Ansel Elgort ... Tommy Ross
Demetrius Joyette ... George
Judy Greer ... Ms. Desjardin
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Principal Morton
Arlene Mazerolle ... Miss Helen Finch
Evan Gilchrist Evan Gilchrist ... Greg Delois
Eddie Max Huband Eddie Max Huband ... Harry Trenant (as Eddie Huband)
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Storyline

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cellphone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to get back at Carrie. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Know her name. Fear her power. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexual content. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,101,552, 20 October 2013

Gross USA:

$35,266,619

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,790,678
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There's one detail of the prom scene in the novel that's not present in any of the films: Carrie actually stumbles off the stage and flees outside before she begins tearing the school apart with her powers, which she does by watching everyone through the window. In each film version (the 1976, 2002, and 2013) the filmmakers chose to have Carrie standing on the stage above her classmates when she began attacking everyone in the room. See more »

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While Sue and her friends are decorating the gym for prom, Heather is sitting above Lizzy, but in the next shot, Heather and Lizzy have switched spots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Margaret White: [long bellowing cry from behind the door] Help me!
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version ends with a brief scene of Sue in court for the White Investigation (an integral part of the Stephen King novel otherwise omitted from the film) and then laying a flower on Carrie White's grave, which cracks as she walks away. The alternate Blu-Ray cut omits the courtroom scene and features a different edit of Sue placing the flower on Carrie's grave. This scene is followed with Sue in the delivery room giving birth, but instead of a baby, Carrie's arm emerges from between her legs and grabs her. Quick-cut to Sue's mother, who's holding and trying to awaken her hysterical, pregnant daughter from this nightmare. See more »

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Reminiscence The Camp
17 October 2013 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

To be honest, the 1976 version of Carrie was only great for that period. It's not hard to see how the audience reacted to the film back in the days, but now it's nothing more than an entertaining campy relic. The only thing that many would still be amazed is its iconic prom scene. Another adaptation could be a great idea, especially for this generation when the context of the story has become more relevant. Unfortunately, it seems everyone behind this new version can't let go of the past and the ambition leans more on recapturing the best moments of the original. However, solid filmmaking and great cast makes the film watchable. It's almost like the same movie, but with people using modern technology and CGI death scenes. But the rest, it's difficult to know what else is the difference.

While fans will always defend the De Palma version, a remake is reasonable. Bullying has become a serious subject, and sometimes the bullied fights back ending up doing something worse. Those real life incidents resembles so much in this classic story, but the film wasn't so focused at that point until the end. Although we get to see more of Carrie being curious about her special abilities and Margaret's briefest backstories, which are interesting addition to the plot, that didn't make up enough to show its bigger picture. Again, the movie is more fond to its campiness. It at least gives a bit of satisfaction to those who crave for horror violence. The famous prom scene has found some inventive ways to kill its characters, despite of CGI.

The direction has its own style which works throughout. If there's anything else elevated, then that's most likely the performances. From the original, most of the cast (aside of Sissy Spacek) were probably too broad and sort of hammed it up. It's from the 70's, sure, but then we need a more credible and darker depiction of high school. Chloe Grace Moretz gives a genuine intimidation and eventual natural madness to the character. Julianne Moore is the improvement among. She manifests the pain beneath Margaret White's fanaticism, which is quite compelling.

The best advice to see Carrie is to not be familiar with the other adaptations, because the existence of those kind of affected the surprises, though I wished the film stepped forward more on its message to make it feel distinct than the camp that made this story such an icon. Overall, it's neither inferior nor superior compared to the original; it's all straightforward remake with modern time elements. Despite of being disappointing, Carrie is still an entertaining film. It's a great story anyway, and giving it a second look with a different vision might be alright. In the end, it's a needless re-adaptation than we thought it would be.


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