Long ago when the news first broke about a Carrie remake, a lot of horror fans were skeptical about a remake of film revered as a horror classic. Since then, those involved with the film have stated that the movie will actually be a more faithful adaptation of the novel than a remake of the original 1976 Brian De Palma film. So how is that going to change things for the new film? Well first, let's take a look at the Stephen King novel.
The novel for Carrie isn't a straight forward narrative; it's told through newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and book excerpts. With the promise that the new film will say more true to the book, one can't help but wonder how the writing style of Carrie will influence the movie.
From the very first page where King opens with a news article about large stones falling on Carrie's house when she was three (which is something Carrie was revealed to be responsible for), we know that this isn't going to be a traditional story and it isn't. King is so good at faking these clippings and articles that at times, you feel as if this might have actually happened-- until Carrie snaps and wrecks telekinetic havoc on her tormentors.
The book and movie do have their differences other than the narrative style. The book shows us more of the aftermath and it's really effective seeing some of the surviving characters struggle with their guilt in the time since Carrie's prom night bloodbath. Speaking of said bloodbath, it's said to be on a much bigger scale, just like in the book. I actually read the book before I saw the movie, so I really wished the original movie had went all out on that, but I understand the limitations in budget and technology at the time. That being said, it will interesting seeing it play out on a much bigger scale.
Now the question here is: if Kimberly Pierce's Carrie is planning to stay true to Stephen King's novel, how will this narrative style play into how the movie is structured and unfolds? Will the movie find a way to capture that realism?
I know that everyone who hasn't already written the movie off is wondering if the movie will live up to the original adaptation, but I'm more curious to know just how much like the book the movie is going to be. The original film, though different from the book, managed to translate the book into a straight forward story, unfolding seamlessly from beginning to end. Is the remake taking this approach? Or will it maybe be told through the point of view of the other people in the story, much like the TV miniseries?
Honestly, I felt the miniseries was pretty boring, especially in the interrogation scenes, so I feel the remake needs to strike a balance between incorporating the book's narrative style and adapting that of the original movie. Seeing some of story told in flashbacks or something like that might offer something fresh, but I don't think it would translate well if it's how the entire movie is done.
The film is in very talented hands with Boys Don't Cry's Kimberly Pierce and Chloe Grace-Moretz and Julianne Moore starring, but if the film isn't done right, even the most talented of actors can't save it.
But, all that aside my biggest worry is that we'll end up seeing Carrie bullied via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or ask.fm...just no, please no. My fingers remained crossed that this doesn't become one of the horror movie remakes that fails on every level because we already know that there are enough of those in Hollywood. I actually have high hopes for the movie from what I've seen so far.
Alright guys, hit the comments section and let me know what you think we can expect from the Carrie remake and be sure to check it out in theaters on October 18th.