CARRIE Blu-ray Review
Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake arrived on Blu-ray and DVD this week. The horror stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Alex Russell, and Gabriella Wilde. The film follows a sheltered high school girl (Moretz) who realizes she has telekinetic powers. She unleashes her new powers on her classmates after a prank goes horribly wrong. Having seen the original film I was expecting something mildly scary and entertaining, but what I got was a horrible reincarnation of a film.
If you saw the Brian De Palma‘s 1976 version you would wonder why Carrie even needed a remake. Stephen King usually hates the adaptations of his books, but enjoyed De Palma’s version and thought a remake was unnecessary. I often disagree with King, who hated The Shining, when it comes to some of the movies adapted from his work. With the remake of Carrie, I am in complete agreement. I would have much rather spent time re-watching the original.
While the basic story was the same, the way the characters were portrayed were different. The remake painted Carrie as more of a superhero. De Palma had Sissy Spacek’s Carrie was a quiet person who was always lost in her thoughts. When she realized she had telekinetic powers she thought she was daydreaming and did not know what to make of them. During the classic scene at the prom, her violent actions were more of an accident instead of being deliberate. The Carrie remake was drastically different. Moretz’s version of Carrie was almost like a Superhero. In the Carrie remake she uses her powers to deliberately harm her classmates at prom.
I like Moretz as an actor, but I did not like her in this role. In fact, I would say that this is the worst film she’s made to date. One of the main reasons her performance bothered me was her facial expressions. When you see the movie you may notice what I am talking about. When she is using her powers her eyes get very wide and it is more comical then scary. I was hoping for more scares and less visual effects. Even though I didn’t think a remake was needed, it would have been better to have the remake set in the 70’s like the original.
For me, horror films are like a car accident that you can’t look away from. Even though you know a horror movie is going to get under your skin, you can’t stop watching it. This may sound pathetic, but I often cover my eyes during some horror movies. Even then I find myself peaking through the cracks in my fingers. A true horror film will impact your senses with ominous music, insane visuals and a creepy storyline. The Carrie remake does nothing of this. Perhaps I am being too harsh, but there have been very few modern horror movies that are truly terrifying.
As you might expect, the picture and sound quality are one of the best parts of the film. Carrie was filmed with Ari Alexa cameras in a 4k frame rate and then downconverted for the Blu-ray. This results in a crisp picture with vivid colors. The sound mix features a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 which provides great sound during the explosive scenes and is still clear during scenes with dialogue.
Carrie Blu-ray Special Features:
- Commentary with Director Kimberly Pierce
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted/Alternate Scenes which you can understand why they were cut.
- Tina on Fire Stunt Double Dailies (w/optional commentary)
- Creating Carrie
- The Power of Telekinesis
- Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise
- Theatrical Trailer
You can buy Carrie on Blu-ray and digital streaming from Amazon.