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Not much has changed since the 1970s. Teenage girls can still be pure evil. And now they come with iPhones. So that ‘plug it up’ tampon scene – when Carrie gets her first period – ends up on YouTube in this remake starring Chloë Moretz and Julianne Moore as her God-bothering mum. As remakes go, it isn’t as lame as it could be. Director Kimberly Peirce (who made ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, another film about an outcast trapped by smalltown bullies) gets inside the psychology of her characters more than Brian De Palma did in 1976. But her ‘Carrie’ is no match for the spooks and shocks of the original – which still gives ‘The Shining’ a run for its money as the best film of a Stephen King novel.

Moretz is unnervingly talented, but Carrie is not a role she was born to play. She hasn’t a victim’s bone in her body and fluffs the early scenes when the mean girls pick on her. Moretz’s Carrie comes into her own when she wreaks havoc at the prom and in the afterparty rampage scene. It’s only in the final 20 minutes, after the pig’s blood scene (nothing new there), that ‘Carrie’ grabs you by the throat with a fireworks display of Carrie’s telekinetic freakouts. Too little, a little too late.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday November 29 2013
Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kimberly Peirce
Screenwriter: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz
Julianne Moore
Judy Greer

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2.9 / 5

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Not really bad, but not really needed either. Only a few superficial changes - mainly brief scenes of Carrie researching and learning to control her newfound power - save this film from being a scene for scene remake of De Palma's version. Pierce even rehashes De Palma's ending, which is nothing like King's. Moretz and Moore are both prodigiously talented and both do their best, but have little to work with here. The rest of the cast, with the exception of Judy Greer, is instantly forgettable. Pierce's 'Carrie' is a mediocre effort that doesn't really do justice to its source material, but so, in my humble but honest opinion, was the original. Despite its iconic status among horror fans, De Palma's 'Carrie', like Pierce's, is a superficial telling of the tale that fails to capture the atmosphere of the novel.


Dreary, unpleasant horror melodrama, an unnecessary re-make of the superior original.