Carrie Returns!

2 Oct

October 18, 2013, another version of Stephen King’s classic Carrie will be making it’s film debut.  This version stars Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz.  Having recently read the book and seen the 1976 film (PTSS book/movie review), I am somewhat interested in seeing how this version compares to the book and original film.  When it comes to adapting a book to the screen, it can be a hit or miss. Carrie and Margaret White are very well written characters.  King gives great physical as well as mental and emotional descriptions.  Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek were incredible in their depictions of the 1976 version.  Although Spacek didn’t fit the physical description of Carrie (overweight with acne), her vulnerability, “plainness” and acting skills definitely compensated for not following the book.  For this movie fan, no one can touch Spacek’s interpretation, but I hope I can be pleasantly surprised.  If you have not read the Young Adult novel, I would suggest reading it.  It’s short and well worth the read.  I admit that the Spacek version is slow until the Prom sequence, so hopefully the new adaptation will be a bit more attention grabbing without going off the rails.

4 Responses to “Carrie Returns!”

  1. littlebells October 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM #

    Ok, I’m having a really difficult time believing Chloe as Carrie. The girl is not homely and in the book, part of the reason Carrie gets bullied so much is because of her physical appearance (see article). Argh! Why has every director gone against the book!!!!????

    I DO like the fact that we witness the town of Chamberlain being destroyed. That was awesome in the book!

    • Open Book October 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

      Hi LB-

      U Said:”Ok, I’m having a really difficult time believing Chloe as Carrie.”

      Have u seen the film yet? I really like u and Jess review of the book on PTSS. Yeah, the 1976 performances look better. The book really does a great job in creating and defining Carrie’s world than any of the films. I think by focusing on the world Carrie lived in, it really allowed u to sympathize with her character more. It’s sad they did not follow the book more in defining Carries physical appearance. ITA the Carrie’s in both films were too attractive but Spacek still turned out a believable performance as a wallflower IMO.

  2. 4string October 5, 2013 at 10:33 PM #

    Ugh. How many times does this story need to be redone?

    • Open Book October 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM #


      I’m with u on that!

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