A couple of the major problems with the ‘Carrie’ remake trailer.
1. Watch the trailer if you haven’t watched it yet.
2. There is no reason to watch the movie now. If you clicked the link or have already seen the trailer, you’ve seen the entire movie. I can’t imagine what else you’d get out of extending that to 2 hours.
3. Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is still good. I literally just watched it a few days ago on Netflix and it’s held up. His floating camera and use of slow-motion to build moments is mesmerizing. Spacek and Piper Laurie are incredible. It also has this awesomely dated student/teacher relationship with the gym teacher where Betty Buckley is allowed to smack a student in the face and get away with it. On top of all that, it’s horror in the 70’s, when horror was never better.
4. Carrie White as a character is so much of an outcast that even a teacher, upon hearing that a boy asked Carrie to the prom, thinks it’s a cruel joke. Carrie is so universally disliked that it’s more likely a student is being a super dick than someone might want to go to a dance with her. The idea that she might be prom queen is absurd. So casting an actress who looks like a prom queen is stupid. Chloe Moretz is a good young actor but can not play this part with that face and body. In the original, Sissy Spacek was pale, freckled, skinny, and had that nose that she had (I should say, Spacek looked pretty damn good at the right angle but the wrong angle was more unfriendly to her than most). Spacek is a great actor and her vulnerability in the role is part of what made it so memorable (that and the crazy eyes) but she was also believable as an outcast physically. Moretz, without a Charlize Theron-in-Monster kind of costume/performance combo can’t play it. Just can’t. It’s not her fault, but you don’t cast Paul Giamatti as Captain America, either.
5. As a movie-going public thoroughly inundated with remakes, reboots, and sequels, this film is taking the next step. Not only are they remaking a movie that doesn’t need to be remade but they’re marketing it to us as if to say, “You’ve seen this before and don’t worry, it’s exactly the same.” Like I said above, the trailer shows you the entire movie and even though it looks like some of the scenes might take place in different locations, it looks like the same exact movie, beat by beat. There doesn’t appear to be any attempt at bringing something new to the classic. The most good this movie can do in the world is to remind a few people (like me) about how good De Palm’s Carrie is and result in them rewatching or watching it for the first time.
6. The 70’s were just the best time for horror movies. They just were. Every horror remake drawing from that time period has been worse than the original. Every one. You’d think someone might get lucky and make a better one but they haven’t yet.