Earlier this week, Entertainment Weekly gave audiences a first look at Kimberly Peirce's updated version of " Carrie " with what is essentially the film's famous money shot: poor Carrie White (now Chloe Moretz, formerly Sissy Spacek) soaked in blood while wearing her prom dress.
It's difficult to imagine a more predictable first reveal; after all, even Brian De Palma's original featured the same image on its poster back in 1976. Since then, it's become one of horror's most iconic and indelible images, so it's almost as if everyone involved is reassuring us that we'll see it yet again.
As for the picture itself, it's serviceable. Moretz doesn't have that inhuman, uncanny, wide-eyed vibe that Spacek brought to the original, which might speak to how different Moretz will be as Carrie White. She doesn't exactly strike one as the weird loner that Spacek portrayed.
EW also revealed Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother, and she looks appropriately strung out and deranged, with a cross necklace prominently displayed. Previously portrayed by Piper Laurie in De Palma's film, Margaret White is a religious fanatic who abuses her daughter.
Both Moore and Moretz have also discussed the project recently, and both highlighted the character-driven nature of this story. Moore indicates that they want to make the mother-daughter relationship as "meaningful as possible," while Moretz discussed how this film will tackle the "mythology of the character" by culling more material from Stephen King's original novel.
This version of Carrie will be helmed by Peirce, the director of "Boys Don't Cry," which will bring a female perspective to this story that's previously been the domain of men, whether it's been King, De Palma, or David Carson (who directed the made-for-TV version with Angela Bettis in the title role) relaying it.
Perhaps that feminine perspective will be the exact type of wrinkle that justifies tacking this story again; De Palma's film is still a classic and will be difficult to top, but seeing what Peirce and her cast bring to it will be intriguing.
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