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Carrie 3½ stars out of 5

Carrie is a disturbing, horror film. Pretty nasty, actually. Lots of blood, too. So, if you like that sort of thing, you will like this.

The reviewers didn’t like it very much. In fact, I think every one of them has written that it’s a pale imitation of the original 1976 Brian De Palma classic telling of Stephen King’s first book. But, let’s keep in mind that this 2013 version is aimed at a teen audience whose parents or even grandparents were the ones screaming in ’76 when Sissy Spacek copped the bucket of pig’s blood. So, I don’t really think they care which one was better. They will probably never see the original and why shouldn’t they get to enjoy a little pig’s blood for their generation.

It would also work well for an “anti-bullying” campaign. You really shouldn't pick on that strange girl. Bad things can happen. There are some rather harrowing scenes and my friend (who was hugely eager to come along) had to cover her eyes for a bit until I told her it was safe to look again. Sorry, I can’t remember the scene as I was too amused by her to pay attention.

Chloe Grace Moretz does a good job as the odd-girl-out, Carrie. She is a talent to watch for the future. Julianne Moore, sporting very bad hair, slightly overplays her crazy Mom, but it is Carrie so we shall forgive her. All in all if you are looking for a forgettable but well executed one trick horror film this is it.

STUDIO BLURB: Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King

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