Carrie Clip Carries Us Toward October Release

The more material I see from the forthcoming Carrie remake, the more promising it looks — well, as “promising” as a “reimagining” can be. The best part of this clip is the use of a very creepy arrangement of the old Shirelles song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Inspired.

This trailer confirms that the new version will hit all the major beats of the 1976 movie, though not in precisely the same way.

Starring Chloë Grace Moretz (who’s so talented she’s scary all by herself) and the always-wonderful Julianne Moore, Carrie opens Oct. 18.

A Look at Some New Movie Posters

With the San Diego Comic-Con just about to get under way, geeks of all stripes are bracing for a torrent of information, teases and images on hundreds of projects, so I wanted to get some pre-con releases squared away before San Diego buries us in an avalanche of new material.

Here is a look at a few new posters that caught my eye. There’s more stuff out there, but it didn’t interest me (I’m looking at you, poster for Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow or 300: Rise of an Empire or I, Frankenstein).

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New Carrie Trailer Teases Familiar Story

The new, official “full” trailer for the Carrie reboot starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore seems to indicate a film that is more remake than reimagining. Or maybe the studio just wanted to make sure potential audiences see familiar stuff?

Check it out for yourself. Judging by what we see here, it’s hard to tell what the reboot is going to emphasize to set itself apart from the original — perhaps the mother has an even bigger role?

Carrie is due in theaters in October.

Carrie Teaser Trailer At Last!

The New York Comic-Con played host to a lot of lucky people — alas, I was not among them — this past weekend, who enjoyed tons of comics and movie promotions. One of the many presentations there featured a sneak peek at the upcoming horror remake Carrie, statting Chloë Grace Moretz in the role that put Sissy Spacek on the map.

In addition to unveiling an international poster — which I find to be very creepy, even though it’s just another version of Chloë’s blood-spattered face — a brief teaser reel was shown. Clocking in at just under one minute, the teaser is just that: a tease. We only catch a brief glimpse of Carrie herself. The meat of the clip seems to be the voice-overs by various characters that tackle the idea that Carrie goes crazy and destroys the whole town.

The international poster

Director Kimberly Peirce‘s visual style seems to be dark and sweeping, but it’s hard to tell from this tiny sample.
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The New Carrie Looks So Very…

Looking at these latest behind-the-scenes photos from the forthcoming remake of Carrie, I suddenly realized how attractive the powers-that-be are making Chloë Grace Moretz’s version of the character, in contrast to Brian DePalma’s 1976 film version and especially compared to the fat, acne-ridden character as written in Stephen King’s debut novel.

A few weeks back, we saw Chloë in her character’s wardrobe of an ill-fitting, dull-colored dress and sweater, and also a black one-piece swimsuit. Her hair is also drab, but it’s not a rat’s nest of tangles. Yes, those were not the clothes of a hip young woman, but they don’t make Carrie look like a misfit.
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Chloë Covered in Blood as Carrie

I’m not thrilled about the remake of Carrie because I feel it’s just unnecessary; the Brian DePalma-directed original was well-done and sticks in the minds of anyone who has seen it. The only “justification” for filming the story again would be to stick closer to Stephen King‘s original novel — which is what I have been hearing about the reboot.

The other big plus for this version is the cast. I really think Chloë Grace Moretz is a talented young actress with a bright future ahead of her, and at age 15, she is perfect casting for the world’s most famous troubled teen, Carrie White. And no one can argue with Julianne Moore being in anything. Here, she will play Carrie’s religious-fanatic mother, Margaret. Moore is always a highlight of anything she is in, and her Oscar will be coming someday. (Er, I don’t expect it from this movie; but one never knows.)
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Chloe Gets Into Character as Carrie

Here we see Chloë Grace Moretz this past Tuesday on the Toronto set of her remake of Carrie, which is based more on the 1974 Stephen King novel than Brian DePalma’s 1976 classic thriller about a high school girl who unleashes her telekinetic powers on the cruel classmates who relentlessly bully her.

I am not exactly a fan of the concept of remaking a film that doesn’t need to be remade, but I am willing to keep an open mind — especially since the filmmakers seem willing, even eager, to put a different spin on it.

Chloe, 15, told Vanity Fair magazine: “I am changing everything about me — my hair, my look… I’m doing my own take on [Carrie White]. The script is totally different from the [1976 movie]. It’s more like the book. It’s a more Black Swan version — it messes with your mind. You’ll see things, and you don’t know if you’ve [really] seen them.”
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Carrie Remake Just Became an Even Worse Idea

Word has leaked that the studio and producers of the remake of Carrie want to use the “found footage” trope employed in far too many movies already.

This is the worst idea I’ve heard since… well, since the idea of remaking Carrie.

Apparently, at least some of the movie will use the unimaginative technique, but the whole film will not necessarily be shot that way. The details are hazy, because the information is trickling out after the CEO of MGM, Roger Birnbaum, gave a speech at the University of Denver, his alma mater.

The reason I am so disappointed in this news is that – setting aside the boring idea of an unnecessary remake of a fine, iconic movie – the talent associated with project is very promising. It will be directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) and feature Chloe Grace Moretz (Let Me In, the remake of Let the Right One In) in the title role. And Julianne Moore has been offered the role of Carrie’s whacko mother. Also, the screenplay, adapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is supposed to stick closer to Stephen King’s novel.

The idea of using “found footage” makes me feel like this is just a complete money-grab by MGM, but won’t even be interested in letting the new production put interesting spin on the project.