MOTW: Five Interesting Facts about 2013's "Carrie"

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A re-imagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King.
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October 15th, 2013

MOTW: Five Interesting Facts about 2013's "Carrie"

"Carrie" is a 2013 horror film that already has audiences and critics buzzing. While "Carrie" is one of the most recognizable names in horror, there are plenty of facts surrounding the new film that you may not know.

Third Time Is the Charm

The original "Carrie" was released in 1976, an adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. The film premiered two years after the publication of the novel and starred Sissy Spacek as the titular character. Spacek went on to have a successful career in film, including a major role in the 2011 film, "The Help." What many casual horror fans don't know is that the 2013 film is actually the second "Carrie" remake. In 2002, a television movie called "Carrie" was made to honor the elements of the original novel where the 1976 film departed from King's work.

"Carrie" Will Have a Modern Twist

While the prior two films were set in an earlier time, the 2013 remake will tell Carrie's story through a modern lens. Director Kimberly Peirce has promised that her version of "Carrie" will be a realistic portrayal of the sheltered young woman's experience in a modern high school. While Carrie's life at home may seem like something out of an antiquated novel, she will be forced to navigate the technological world of today's teenagers while at school. The original film showed Carrie being bullied ruthlessly by her peers, and the remake will follow through on that theme, extending it to be relevant to modern audiences. The film will tackle tough themes such as cyber-bullying, and examine the impact of technology on the peer-to-peer aggression that Carrie faced in the novel and original film.

Chloe Moretz Is No Stranger to Remakes

Chloe Grace Moretz may be young, but she certainly has an impressive film resume. At the age of 16, the actor has already starred in dozens of films. Her credits include several successful remakes such as "Dark Shadows" and "Let Me In." In "Let Me In," Moretz plays Abby, an eternally childlike vampire who falls in love with a schoolmate. The film is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film, "Let the Right One In." The original film achieved cult status, and many fans were reluctant to welcome a remake. "Dark Shadows" was a Tim Burton adaptation of the dark comedy television series of the same name. As with her role in "Let Me In," Moretz faced considerable doubts from devoted fans of the original. In both cases, she astounded fans and critics alike by doing justice to the original works while putting her own spin on the characters. "Carrie" fans can expect great things from this young actress who already has a proven track record of successful remakes.

Iconic Scenes

One of the most iconic scenes in the original film involves a bucket of pig's blood being dumped on the protagonist. This gory scene has become a hallmark moment in the horror movie genre, and few films have yet to match its shock value. While the remake promises many unique thrills and scares of its own, the director has already promised that fans will not be disappointed in the amount of bloody chills the remake has to offer. Hundreds of gallons of blood were used during the filming, so horror movie fans can look forward to a remake that is every bit as haunting and bloody as the original film and book.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

"Carrie" was originally scheduled to be released on March 15, 2013. Due to production changes and other considerations, the film's release was pushed back to October 18, 2013. Before official casting decisions were released, there was plenty of speculation surrounding the details of the film. Legendary horror author Stephen King himself originally suggested Lindsay Lohan for the role, and Shailene Woodley was initially offered the role of Carrie but ultimately turned it down. While fans may have been disappointed in the delayed release, their patience was more than adequately rewarded by the announcement of an all-star final cast, including Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Gabrielle Wilde.

"Carrie" is one of the most highly anticipated films in Hollywood at the moment, and all news surrounding the upcoming release of the film points to great things. With a star-studded cast of talented actors and horror veterans, and a director who has promised to stay true to the integrity of the original novel, "Carrie" is bound to be a successful remake.