About as scary as a vicar's tea party: BRIAN VINER reviews Carrie
Verdict: Glee with blood
Remake: Chloe Moretz, 16, stars as Carrie in a new 're-imagining' of the chilling horror film
Who on earth, or anywhere else, knows why Stephen King’s novel, which was long ago turned into a memorably chilling horror film, might now be considered ripe for what the producers call a ‘re-imagining’?
Still, this is a decent stab at it, pun intended, and Chloe Grace Moretz, at 16, is at least the right age to take the title role.
Sissy Spacek was 26 when she starred in Brian De Palma’s 1976 version of the story of a bullied teenager who uses her supernatural powers to wreak terrible revenge on her tormentors at the school prom.
Yet Spacek will always be the definitive Carrie. This is no reflection on Moretz, who gives her considerable all, or on Julianne Moore as her crazed God-bothering mother, or even on director Kimberly Peirce, who summons up all available bells and whistles for Carrie’s telekinetic onslaught.
No, the problem is more that in 2013 we are so wearily familar with U.S. high school dramas, both on big screen and small, that this ends up looking less like a horror film and more like a particularly dark episode of Glee.
It’s perfectly watchable, but I’ve been more scared at a vicarage tea party.
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