Think back, if you will, to 2013. It was a dynamic year for horror, hailing titles like The Conjuring, Insidious Chapter 2, Oculus, and "remakes" such as Evil Dead and the infamous Carrie.
Now, think about these films. Evil Dead was boasted as "one of the scariest films of all time", as well as the bloodiest. The Conjuring had me so scared that I wouldn't sleep alone. But one of those films in particular notoriously fell flat: Carrie.
In what has been called a "watered down version of the original", the film seemed as though it didn't bring much to the table that differed from Brian De Palma's original adaptation of the Stephen King novel. In a Rotten Tomatoes review (in which the film received a 48%), Simon Miraudo explains one major issue best: "I never thought I'd say this about a high school massacre movie, but Kimberly Peirce's remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie has way too many survivors."
So why did Kimberly Pierce's version fail to deliver (and kill people off) the way De Palma's did (with an impressive 92% rating)?
We do know that Carrie's reimagining won views with some fun marketing...we all remember the "telekinesis in a coffee shop" prank, right?
It had a stellar cast with Chloe Grace Moretz (a personal favorite of mine) and Oscar winner Julianne Moore, and it claimed to do justice to the original and the novel.
So where did it go wrong?
It was recently brought to my attention that after post-production done on the film, there was at least 30-40 minutes of crucial footage missing. Cast members were cut (as they sometimes are), but important tidbits of the storyline were cut as well, diluting the quality of the script.
Some of these scenes include:
- The White Commission, as it's called, in which there are courtroom scenes depicting the recollections of what happened at the "Black Prom" which was supposed to lead to flashbacks (that probably contained a lot of the violence, blood and gore that was missing from the cut that we saw in 2013).
- An extended Praying Room scene in which huge developments about Carrie and her mother are made, but were cut from the dialogue.
- Carrie using her telekinesis to levitate the books in her bedroom was supposed to be much more grandiose, and test-audiences preferred the original, but apparently the more lackluster version was used.
- Most importantly: graphic scenes of the deaths during prom. One specifically would be the character George being impaled by prom decorations in full detail, and the electrocution scene in which this gruesome display was cut: Carrie uses her powers to pick up the corpses of students and make them dance.
Why, you ask? It could, in part, be due to the fact that the film's original release date was set for March of 2014, and in order to cash in on a Halloween release, the film was rushed to October 2013. To get the film to where it needed to be length-wise, careless cutting may have been done.
Another point that has been brought up is the fact that much of the violence was cut from the film. There has been speculation that test-audiences believed the film was too violet and distasteful being released so close to the Sandy Hook tragedy, so the film suffered severely when important scenes that may have helped the film were cut to accommodate unhappy viewers.
To see a list of scenes that were cut entirely or edited, click this link.
If you watched Carrie and didn't approve of the lack of blood and gore, or inconsistencies with the script (even when the production of this film promised to be closer to the novel even than the original), feel free to sign that petition in the link as well! All of the information on how you can help get a better Carrie is included there!
Again, you can sign the petition HERE.
I believe with the proper fixing, the extended cut of this film would be awesome. Who's with me? Come on, horror family!