Sunday, October 20, 2013

Carrie 2013




There is something to be said about remaking a film that was at one time a masterpiece.  If you're going to do it, do it RIGHT.  In the 80's and 90's, it seemed that remakes were more forgivable but then again, back in the Golden Era of GOOD movies, the production seemed more realistic and crafted to perfection, and the acting was actually GOOD!  But that was then and this is now...

I am not so sure how much faith I actually had in this modern day Carrie remake.  Facebook and every other media outlet gave it such hype that it was hard not to wonder what the big deal was.  In my previous posts, I gave my two cents on how I feel about today's horror movies with the utilization of computerized graphics.  I don't have such a high opinion of 3D animation anymore than I do about modern day Horror movie remakes.  And the hype that Carrie 2013 received made me actually believe that this movie will be worth seeing because it will be much more faithful to the book with the Oscar potential Sissy Spacek harbored.  Deep down, however, I knew it was impossible.

In this movie, there was hardly any real plot build up, no emotion, and the acting was so horrible that it was offensive.  OK, so Carrie was not exactly popular, we know this.  We know her mother is a religious nut.  But Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie, opposed to Sissy Spacek, was too watered down, too ballsy to actually feel sorry for,  and did not come off as damaged goods at all.  This movie seemed so rushed that its obvious that there was more money spent on the promotion than in the production.  Again, Hollywood is so desperate that they cannot let the masterpieces just rest in peace.  It is heartbreaking to know that Horror movies will never be what they once were, but to remake a classic into a crapshoot is just offensive and a major slap in the face to the veterans.  The television version with Angela Bettis was good and watchable, and stayed true to the book until the end that is, but probably should have ended at that.  Even Carrie 2, The Rage, was thrilling to watch.  However, the brand can only go on for so long and there comes a time where we have already seen enough. If a movie is going to be remade, do it once please and not several times because its not like you are going to ever get it right if you didn't the first time.   The knockoffs are never as good as the original.  This remake really did not have to happen at all.  I think now I understand the infamous quote "don't believe the hype" lol. 

Needless to say, if you are loyal to the 1976 Brian DePalma's version of Carrie, don't waste your money on this one.