13 Movies of Halloween Horror: #4 Carrie

Finally the streak is over, I just saw a good horror movie. Another Stephen King classic from book to screen.  Carrie hit all the notes you'd want and expect whether you've seen the original, read the book, or neither.

Of course they took some liberties as all adaptations do, but I feel these mostly added to the movie. 

Because this is a new movie still in the theaters I won't ruin any details here, but I will say that Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore were great in their respective roles. 

Seeing Chloe earlier in the year as Hit-Girl and now as Carrie is kind of a mind fuck, but she absolutely killed it as the titular Carrie.  A friend of mine recently described her as a modern day scream queen, and I for one can't wait to see where her career goes from here.

Julianne Moore, always a good actress, owned it as Carrie's mom.  Although, I will admit part of me is curious to see how Sissy Spacek (the original Carrie) would have handled the role and act as an homage to the original movie.  Regardless Julianne Moore was excellent in portraying the religious bigot that is Mrs White.

The biggest drawback to the movie was the antagonist. Played by Portia Doubleday, the character 'Chris' was an unbelievable portrayal of a bully.  I'll leave it for other reviews to comment ad nauseam about the links between the movie and bullying in the real world, but simply say the leaps and bounds in logic the character takes don't come off as even remotely real world.

The other fault I have with the movie is the ending, but again since this is new and in theaters I won't go into detail, and only say that it felt too heavy handed with the metaphors.


Large Popcorn, this was a very good movie, and while not perfect, is certainly worth at least one viewing. I'll be seeing it a second time once it's out on Blu-Ray, and recommend all to see it.

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