HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: CARRIE (2013)

CAST

Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 1 & 2)
Julianne Moore (Hannibal)
Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love)
Portia Doubleday (Youth In Revolt)
Judy Greer (Ant-Man)
Zoe Belkin (Perfect Sisters)
Samantha Weinstein (Haunter)
Karissa Strain (Amelia)
Katie Strain (Reign)
Ansel Elgort (Divergent)
Barry Shabaka Henley (Heroes)
Cynthia Preston (Andromeda)
Hart Bochner (Supergirl)

Alone in her home, Margaret White (Julianne Moore), a religious fanatic, gives birth to a baby girl. She at first intends to kill the infant, believing it to be born of sin, but changes her mind and raises the child in a strict environment. As a teenager, her daughter Carrie (Chloë Grace Moretz), is a shy and isolated student at Ewen High School in the town of Chamberlain, Maine.
While showering after gym class at school, Carrie abnormally experiences her first menstrual period. She naively thinks she is bleeding to death. A sadistic group of teenage girls humiliate her by throwing tampons and pads on her. The ringleader, Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday) records the events on her smartphone and uploads the video onto YouTube. Gym teacher Ms. Desjardin (Judy Greer) comforts Carrie and sends her home with Margaret, who believes menstruation is a sin. Carrie refuses to stop showering with the other girls, prompting an enraged Margaret to hit her with a Bible and lock her in her “prayer closet”. As Carrie screams to be let out, a crack appears on the door and the crucifix in the closet begins to bleed.

The next day, Ms. Desjardin informs the girls who teased Carrie that they will endure boot-camp style detention for their behavior. When Chris refuses, she is suspended from school and banned from the prom. She storms out, vowing revenge. Meanwhile, Carrie learns that she has telekinesis. She researches her abilities and learns to harness them, without Margaret’s knowledge. One of the girls who led Carrie’s locker-room humiliation, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), feels guilty and attempts to make amends with Carrie by asking her boyfriend, Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to the prom. Carrie initially refuses, thinking it is just a trick. She confides in Ms. Desjardin, who warns Tommy and Sue about tricking Carrie. Eventually, she hesitantly accepts Tommy’s invitation. When she tells her mother, Margaret forbids Carrie to attend. Asking her mother to relent, Carrie manifests her telekinesis. Margaret believes this power comes from the devil, but Carrie explains her advanced telekinesis and how she isn’t the only one, and that it was passed down from her grandmother, but skipped Margaret and maybe Carrie’s father had the same ability. Carrie tells her she is going to the prom, with or without her blessing. She begins preparing for her senior prom, sewing her own dress and buying makeup.

That night, Chris, her boyfriend Billy Nolan (Alex Russell), and his friends plan revenge on Carrie. They go to a local farm and kill a pig so that they could collect its blood into a bucket. They sneak into the school gym and attach the bucket with a rope and place it on the rafters. Margaret tries to prevent Carrie from going to the prom, believing they will all laugh at her, but Carrie uses her powers to lock her mother in the closet. At the prom, Carrie is nervous and shy, but Tommy kindly puts her at ease. As part of Chris and Billy’s plan, Chris’s friend, Tina Blake (Zoë Belkin), slips fake ballots into the voting box, which name Carrie and Tommy as Queen and King of the prom. At home, Sue receives a text from Chris taunting her about her revenge on Carrie. Sue drives to the prom, arriving just as Carrie and Tommy are about to be crowned. Sue sees the bucket dangling above Carrie but, before she can warn anyone, Ms. Desjardin hustles her out, suspecting that Sue is planning to humiliate Carrie.
Chris pulls the rope, causing the bucket to tip over and spill the pig’s blood onto Carrie, leaving the entire crowd in shock and Tommy angry. Tina plays the humiliating video of the gym shower incident on the projection screen, causing most of the crowd to laugh. Suddenly, the emptied bucket falls off the rafters and hits Tommy in the head, killing him instantly, to shock of Carrie and everyone else, as Chris and Billy leave the commotion. Carrie sobs over his dead body and, in a fit of rage, sends a shock wave of her powers onto the crowd, which kills Heather (Samantha Weinstein), one of the girls who bullied Carrie. Locking the doors and setting the gym on fire, Carrie uses her powers to kill everyone who wronged her, including Chris’ friends. She turns on the sprinklers and pushes Nicki and Lizzy Watson (Karissa and Katie Strain) to the floor, who are trampled to death by a stampede. Carrie then targets Tina by attacking her with electric wires before she stumbles into a fire, setting herself in flames and killing her, while Ms. Desjardin and George (Demetrius Joyette), Tommy’s friend, look on in horror. Carrie levitates Ms. Desjardin and pushes her to safety, before sending the wires to the floor, electrocuting almost everyone in the room. Carrie levitates over the carnage and leaves the burning school. Ms. Desjardin, along with George and other students, escape the fire.

When Chris and Billy attempt to flee in Billy’s car, Carrie causes the road in front of them to cave in, forcing them to turn around. Seeing Carrie before them, Chris urges Billy to run Carrie over, but Carrie smashes his grill, causing Billy to smash his face on the wheel, killing him. As Chris attempts to flee, Carrie locks the door. Chris moves into the front seat and tries to start the car, but Carrie levitates it into mid air. Chris stubbornly continues to try and run Carrie over, but Carrie drops the car and sends it crashing into a gasoline pump, smashing Chris’ face through the windshield. Carrie walks over to witness Chris suffer, before she finally dies. As Carrie walks away from the scene, the car finally explodes with Chris and Billy’s corpses still in it.Meanwhile, the few survivors of the prom come out of the school, while Ms. Desjardin silently tells Sue her boyfriend is dead. Carrie arrives home and she and Margaret embrace. Margaret tells Carrie about the night of Carrie’s conception: after having shared a bed with Carrie’s father for some time, they felt temptation one night, and after praying for strength, Carrie’s father “took” Margaret, who found that she enjoyed the experience. Whilst praying, Margaret grabs a knife and suddenly stabs Carrie in the back. Carrie uses her powers to separate them, sending Carrie tumbling downstairs. Margaret continues to attack her to “kill the demon inside of her” After Margaret slashes her several more times, Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to stop the knife and levitates a large number of kitchen utensils, impaling Margaret repeatedly, and pinning her against a wall. Overcome with guilt and remorse, Carrie becomes hysterical and summons stones to fall from the sky and crash into her house. When Sue arrives, a furious Carrie attacks her with her powers, while Sue tries to apologizes. She notices that Sue is pregnant, and tells her that her baby is a girl. Carrie pushes a stunned Sue out of the house to safety as the house collapses from the raining stones, killing Carrie in the process.

At the White Commission, Sue testifies on Carrie’s behalf and gives her opinion regarding the prom incident. She visits Carrie’s grave and places a single white rose by the headstone which is vandalized with the words “CARRIE WHITE BURNS IN HELL”. As she leaves, the gravestone’s surface begins to crack, and Carrie’s scream is heard.MV5BMjA0MDIyNDM5OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTUwOTIxMDE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1503,1000_AL_The special effects have been beefed up in the 2013 remake and they work well, plus some scenes have been ‘fleshed-out’ to give them a more modern spin, but, apart from that, there’s nothing new brought to the table. If you haven’t seen the original and don’t want to watch a horror film where people sport big seventies haircuts then go straight to the new version. Plus fans of Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz should get more out of it than most.