The Horror Honeys: You Already Know Her Name

You Already Know Her Name

A Revenge Honey Tribute Review of Carrie (1976)

FACT: Remakes of classic revenge horror films give me rage blackouts. (Imagine a sort of reverse Hulk situation where the Hulk gets so full of rage, that he just sits there and stares at nothing in particular, gets a wicked migraine, and hurts no one but himself.) The remakes of I Spit On Your Grave, The Last House on the Left, Straw Dogs: these are films I have not seen, nor will I. I think when a revenge film is done SO perfectly, there is absolutely no reason to attempt it again. All you will do is tarnish the memory of what came before. Inevitably however, remakes happen, and sometimes you just have to put on your big girl bloomers and deal with it. So when I heard that the film Carrie was being remade, well, it was time for a GIANT pair of big girl bloomers.

If you are on the Horror Honeys website and don't know the story of Carrie, you are obviously lost and should probably go back to Perez Hilton or Gawker or some-such. I'm not hashing out plot details here. But lets just say that as a young, fairly awkward-in-her-own-skin girl discovering horror films, Carrie was one of the first movies that I really identified with. Carrie is obviously a revenge film, but it is so much more than that.

It's all fun & games until someone gets lit on fire.
After a lifetime of torment and abuse at the hands of the popular kids, Carrie White is pushed just one inch too far: something with which we all can identify. And it's not just that they embarrass her (something she is used to) but that for one shining moment, she is given a taste of what it means to be a "normal" teenager. It is the ultimate betrayal and a pain that she physically and mentally can not bear. All must be punished.

Revenge Honey Fun Fact: In the original film, there is a "For Sale" sign next to the White house, identifying the address as 132 Main Street. While I've never been able to tell if this is referring to the actual White house, or the lot next door, I lived at 132 Main Street for two and a half years while I went to graduate school.

My house resembled that one too. Ha!
Brian de Palma's Carrie was by no means the perfect film. (I'm sorry, it's true.) I was never thrilled with the ways in which deviated from the book for mere shock value and thought the novel's original ending was far more effective. However, a brilliant cast and beautiful cinematography more than made up for the shortcomings of it's screenplay. And the fact of the matter is, Carrie is a classic for a reason: it was a gorgeous horror film that explored religious fanaticism, the repercussions of high school bullying before school shootings were common, female relationships, and the reality of being an outsider when all anyone is trying to do is fit in. These are necessary themes even today, which is why Carrie is still so popular, and why it is being remade for a new generation.

Good luck Mr. Dry Cleaner.
Will I see the remake? Absolutely. Director Kimberly Peirce is brilliant and her first feature, Boys Don't Cry, proved that she understands what it means to be a true outsider looking in. Additionally, you couldn't ask for a better cast. Chloë Grace Moretz has more than established herself as a capable young horror actress, with roles in Let Me In, and early in her career, Wicked Little Things, and The Amityville Horror. And casting Judy Greer as Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher who tries her best to protect Carrie from the school bullies, was a stroke of genius. Greer is known for her comic roles, but is also a touching and deep dramatic actress when given the right parts.

If you're going to kill your mother, might as well
go for the gold.
My greatest hope for this film is that it remains truer to the novel. My biggest concern? From the trailer, it appears that Carrie's final moments may be the work of CGI, which would be utterly unnecessary given what can be done with practical effects and what the original film accomplished with the same. I will definitely let you all know what I think after I see this latest incarnation of Carrie this weekend but one this is for certain... At least it can't be as bad as The Rage: Carrie 2.

Really Amy Irving. What WERE you thinking?

Don't look at me like that. You know I'm right.

Revenge Honey Stabby Love Points: 4 1/2 out 5