There is a pantheon of classic horror films that are regarded by fans as being so sacred, the very mention of yet another Hollywood “reimagining” sets off a shitstorm of online fury. I have long considered Carrie (1976) just such a film.
I first saw the movie in the theater as a kid, and Sissy Spacek as “Carrie,” with Piper Laurie as her terrifyingly unhinged mother, left an impression that is as vivid in my mind as it was more than 30 years ago. (Both were nominated for Oscars for those roles.)
So naturally, when I read about a Carrie remake, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of dread. I felt a lot better about the whole thing when I found out that Chloe Moretz had been cast in the title role.
I’ve been a fan of Moretz since Let Me In, and I can’t think of another actress her age that I would trust more to play the part.
Additional cast include Julianne Moore (Hannibal), Alex Russell (Chronicle), and Gabrielle Wilde (The Three Musketeers), and the film is being directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry.)
Principal photography began just last month in Toronto so there’s not even a teaser yet, but we’ve got the very first behind-the-scenes footage below (thanks to chlomo.org). This was just
released leaked today, and shows Moretz being directed by Peirce, and it gives us the first glimpse of “Carrie” facing her bullies.
“The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.”
UPDATE: (12:45pm EST) Almost as soon as this clip hit the interwebs, Sony Pictures started yanking it down. We’re looking for a replacement – stay tuned…
UPDATE: (1:00pm EST) Sadly we’ve checked all our sources and it appears this clip has been wiped off the face of the earth (way to kill the buzz for your film, Sony – geez!) We did manage to get a screen cap from the clip before it went down, which you can see below…
Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)