Aided by a fine script by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, Director Kimberly Peirce has resurrected Stephen King’s Carrie with excellent results.
And, of course, it helps to have cast the exceptional teen star Chloë Grace Moretz in the title role and the fabulous Julianne Moore as her mother in Ms. Moore’s most wacked out performance to date.
Fans of horror flicks should be delighted with this updated version which provides ample opportunity to root for the downfall of Carrie’s despicable adversary Chris as admirably played by Portia Doubleday.
One of my favorites, Judy Greer as Ms. Desjardin, provides the only sanity to balance out this nest of vipers.
The only upset is that Carrie doesn’t walk away at the end. Or, does she? Two 11 year-old horror film aficionados were discussing this in the men’s room after the movie and seemed to feel she was still alive. It provided a great after-film experience with all the adults, initially, being aghast at the breadth of knowledge of the two youngsters, but then discussing when each saw his first horror film.
I give Carrie a big 4 out of 5 and recommend spicing your popcorn with a little red sauce.