Carrie (2013 film)
Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by Kimberly Peirce, and is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name. The film was produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the titular character Carrie White, alongside Julianne Moore as Margaret White. The cast also features Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort and Alex Russell. The film is a modern re-imagining of King's novel about a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who uses her telekinetic powers with devastating effect after being a victim of a cruel prank at her senior prom.
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|Directed by||Kimberly Peirce|
|Produced by||Kevin Misher|
|Screenplay by||Lawrence D. Cohen|
by Stephen King
|Starring||Chloë Grace Moretz|
|Music by||Marco Beltrami|
|Edited by||Lee Percy|
|Box office||$85 million|
The film held its world premiere at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles on October 7, 2013 and was released in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems on October 18, 2013. The film received mixed reviews, with critics calling it "unnecessary", criticizing the lack of originality and scares, though they praised the modern updates and cast, while Moretz' performance was divisive. The film grossed $85 million worldwide at the box office.
Alone in her home, Margaret White, a disturbed religious fanatic, gives birth to a baby girl, intending to kill the infant but changes her mind. Years later, her daughter Carrie, a shy, unassertive girl, nears her graduation from Ewen High School in Maine.
While showering after swim class at school, Carrie experiences her first menstrual period, then naively thinks she is bleeding to death. As she runs out of the shower for help, the other girls ridicule her and throw tampons and pads at her. Longtime bully Chris Hargensen records the event on her smartphone and uploads it to YouTube. Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher, comforts Carrie and sends her home with Margaret, who believes menstruation is a sin. Margaret demands that Carrie abstain from showering with the others. When Carrie refuses, Margaret hits her in the forehead with a Bible and locks 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. Miss Desjardin informs the girls who teased Carrie that they will endure boot camp-style detention for their behavior. Chris, however, refuses, causing her to be suspended from school and banned from the prom after denying the allegation on the incident and refusing to give up her smartphone, thinking that the explicit video of Carrie is in there. Chris storms out, vowing revenge.
Carrie learns that she has telekinesis, the ability to move things with her mind. She researches her abilities, learning to harness them. Sue Snell regrets teasing Carrie in the shower room and attempts to make amends by asking her boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the prom. Carrie accepts Tommy's invitation, and after school, goes into the town and buys red velvet fabric, and makes a dress at home. 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 and is proof that Carrie has been corrupted by sin.
Chris, her boyfriend Billy Nolan, and his friends plan revenge on Carrie. They kill a pig and drain its blood into a bucket. Margaret tries to prevent Carrie from going to the prom, but Carrie locks her mother in the closet using her telekinetic powers. At the prom, Carrie is nervous and shy, but Tommy kindly puts her at ease. As part of Chris and Billy's plan, Chris' friend, Tina Blake, slips fake ballots into the voting box, which name Carrie and Tommy prom queen and king. 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 of pig's blood dangling above Carrie and attempts to warn someone but Miss Desjardin locks her out of the gym, suspecting that Sue is planning to humiliate Carrie.
Chris dumps the bucket of pig's blood onto Carrie and Tommy. Nicki plays Chris's shower video of Carrie and it appears on all the large screens above the stage, inciting laughter from some in the audience, until Carrie pushes Miss Desjardin with her powers when attempting to help her. The bucket falls onto Tommy's head, killing him. Enraged, Carrie takes her revenge with her telekinesis, killing nearly all of the students and staff, but spares Desjardin. A fire breaks out and, as the school burns to the ground, Carrie walks away, leaving a trail of fire and destruction in her wake. Chris and Billy attempt to flee in Billy's car. Chris urges Billy to run Carrie over, but Carrie crashes the car and holds the car with her abilities, killing Billy but not yet Chris. Chris attempts to run Carrie over herself but Carrie locks her inside the car, lifts it, and throws it at a gas station and Chris’s face is stuck through the window, killing her. Before leaving, Carrie tips over an electric power pole on the car, setting it on fire.
Carrie arrives home and takes a bath and changes into her night gown afterwards. Margaret approaches her and Carrie tearfully tells her about the prank. Carrie and Margaret embrace, and Margaret recounts Carrie's conception. After having shared a bed platonically with her husband, they yielded to temptation one night and, after praying for strength, Carrie's father "took" Margaret, who enjoyed the experience. After the talk, Margaret stabs Carrie in the back with a knife. She declares that she must kill Carrie in order to prevent the Devil from possessing her again and attacks Carrie, but Carrie kills her with several sharp tools. She becomes hysterical and makes stones rain from the sky to crush the house. When Sue arrives, a furious Carrie lifts her with her powers, but senses that Sue is pregnant with a baby girl. Carrie protects Sue and throws her out of the house to safety as the house collapses and sinks, apparently killing Carrie as well.
After giving her testimony in court regarding the prom incident, Sue visits Carrie and Margaret's grave, which has been vandalized to read "CARRIE WHITE BURNS IN HELL", and places white roses by the headstone. As she leaves, the gravestone begins to break and Carrie's enraged scream is heard.
- Alternative ending
After placing the roses on Carrie's grave, Sue suddenly feels pain from her pregnancy and begins to go into labor. At the hospital, she seemingly gives birth and pulls up her shirt to see the baby. Suddenly, a bloodied hand bursts from her vagina and grabs Sue by the arm, causing her to scream. Sue is awoken by her mother, revealing the preceding sequence to be a nightmare. Sue continues to scream as she still sees the hand and a hidden photo of Carrie still soaked in pig's blood holding a bloodied baby. As Sue continues to scream, Sue's baby and a backup crib in her room are shown.
- Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White
- Julianne Moore as Margaret White
- Judy Greer as Miss Desjardin
- Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargensen
- Alex Russell as Billy Nolan
- Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell
- Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross
- Barry Shabaka Henley as Principal Henry Morton
- Zoë Belkin as Tina Blake
- Karissa Strain as Nicki Watson
- Katie Strain as Lizzy Watson
- Samantha Weinstein as Heather
- Demetrius Joyette as George Dawson
- Mouna Traoré as Erika
In May 2011, representatives from MGM and Screen Gems announced that the two companies were producing a film remake of Carrie. The two studios hired Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write a screenplay that delivers "a more faithful adaption" of King's novel—Aguirre-Sacasa previously adapted King's work The Stand into a comic book in 2008. Reshoots were ordered, as the screenplay was re-written by Lawrence D. Cohen, who also wrote the original film.
Upon hearing of the new adaptation, King remarked, "The real question is why, when the original was so good?" He also suggested Lindsay Lohan for the main role and stated that "it [the film] would certainly be fun to cast". Actress Sissy Spacek, who played Carrie in the 1976 adaptation, expressed an opinion on the choice of Lohan for the character of Carrie White, stating that she "was like, 'Oh my God, she's really a beautiful girl' and so I was very flattered that they were casting someone to look like me instead of the real Carrie described in the book. It's gonna be real interesting." In March 2012, the role of Carrie White was offered to Chloë Grace Moretz, who accepted the role.
Kimberly Peirce directed the film, while Moore starred as Margaret White and Gabriella Wilde played Sue Snell. Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort were cast in key roles, and Judy Greer played the gym teacher Miss Desjardin.
Principal photography began on June 27, 2012 and wrapped on August of that same year.
Sony held a "First Look" event at the New York Comic Con on October 13, 2013 that allowed attendees to view the film prior to the release date. The event was followed by a panel session with several members of the cast and crew.
Trailers for the film included a phone number that offered promotions to the caller, as well as a recording of a simulated encounter with characters from the film.
In the alternative opening, a young Carrie has a discussion with her teenage neighbor, who is sun-bathing, over the fact that Margaret believes that women with breasts are sinful. Margaret catches them in the conversation and believes that the neighbor is offending Carrie, not before the neighbor's mother disagrees with her. Suddenly, stones begin to rain only on the White household. Margaret, believing it is a sign from God, takes shelter inside her home with a distressed Carrie.
In the alternative ending, the cracking gravestone and the court speech are not present. Sue is in the hospital and is preparing to give birth to her baby. As she struggles to give birth, Carrie's bloody hand suddenly emerges and grabs Sue's arm. Sue screams loudly as she wakes up in her own bedroom, with her mother comforting her and telling her that her nightmare is over. A subliminal frame image of Carrie soaked in pig's blood is seen carrying Sue's baby as Sue continues to scream in her room.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 49% approval rating with an average rating of 5.48/10 based on 177 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce's 'reimagining' of Brian De Palma's horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel -- and feels woefully unnecessary." On Metacritic, it scored a 53 out of 100 based on 34 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
Kevin C. Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the film a favorable review, saying, "Long before the blood starts spilling, it's clear the new team has mostly nailed it. The reboot is as good a Carrie remake as possible, though it's not truly a scary movie; the film takes its time living up to its R rating." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle also gave the film a favorable review, remarking: "In a way, the new Carrie is almost too easy to enjoy. Everything discordant and all the nagging weirdness and strange feelings surrounding the original have been smoothed down, and what we're left with is a well-made, highly satisfying and not particularly deep high school revenge movie." Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film a positive review, stating: "The acting's strong; in addition to Moretz and Moore, Judy Greer is a welcome presence in the Betty Buckley role of the sympathetic gym instructor. But something's missing from this well-made venture. What's there is more than respectable, while staying this side of surprising." Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave it three out of five stars, saying, "With the exception of some appearances by social media, 'Carrie' doesn't try to hip up King's basic, often slow story. And while De Palma's version is fondly recalled as a high-blood-mark of the 1970s, this new take seems to linger a bit more on the bugaboos of overparenting and bullying while underplaying Mama's fanaticism. Peirce only glancingly lets her heroine have a mild discovery-of-powers moment that feels 'X-Men'-ish." In a positive review on Roger Ebert's website, Matt Zoller Seitz awarded the film three out of four stars, praising the portrayal of Carrie and Margaret's relationship and the feelings of sympathy Carrie manages to evoke, although he criticizes the representation of Chris as "exaggeratedly evil". Seitz ultimately concludes by stating: "The first Carrie was horror. This is tragedy." A. A. Dowd of The A.V. Club gave the film a C- rating, criticizing Moretz's Carrie as "too adjusted, coming across less like the 'very peculiar girl' King described in his novel and more like the stealth babe of some nottie-to-hottie teen romance." Dowd lamented on the film as a whole, "It's a strange thing to say about a movie so obsessed with the red stuff, but this Carrie is bloodless."
Sony estimated the revenue for the opening weekend of Carrie as between $16 million and $18 million, while others estimated a bigger margin of $24 million to $28 million due to the Halloween season. However, the final takings totaled $16,101,552 and the film was ranked at number 3 behind Gravity and Captain Philips, both of which were in their second and third weeks, respectively. By the end of the week, the film managed to gross $20,121,355. In week two, the film slipped 62.8% to sixth place with $5,900,000 and 43.2% to ninth place in its third week with $3,400,000.
At the end of its run, the film has grossed $35,266,619 in North America and $49,524,059 in other countries for a worldwide gross of $84,790,678. It is the 67th highest-grossing film of 2013 in the United States.
|2013||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Sequel or Remake That Shouldn't Have Been Made||Carrie (tied with Oz the Great and Powerful)||Won|
|Fright Meter Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Julianne Moore||Nominated|
|Best Special Effects||Carrie||Nominated|
|Women Film Critics Circle Awards||Hall of Shame||Carrie||Won|
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Horror Movie||Carrie||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best Horror Film||Carrie||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor/Actress||Chloë Grace Moretz||Won|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Julianne Moore||3rd place|
|Dorian Awards||Campy Flick of the Year||Carrie||Nominated|
|Jupiter Awards||Best International Actress||Chloë Grace Moretz||Nominated|
|Joey Awards||International (Non-Canadian) Actress Feature Film/Made for Television or Straight to Video Feature that was filmed in Canada||Chloë Grace Moretz||Won|
|World Soundtrack Awards||Film Composer of the Year||Marco Beltrami||Nominated|
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