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Whether choosing the word re-imagination or remake to describe the latest version of CARRIE (2013) starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julainne Moore, or Gabriella Wilde, let's hope that new audience members take a moment to recognize that they're treading over the hallowed ground of a Stephen King and Brian De Palma masterpiece from the 70's.

This latest remake of CARRIE is the classic horror tale of a shy and introverted teen's descent into utter madness at the merciless hands of her high school tormentors. Both sheltered and abused by a disturbed mother with an overly religious view of the world, Carrie White's telekinetic powers are unleashed on the entire town come the night of her senior prom.

After the original CARRIE was released in 1976, Sissy Spacek (Carrie White) was the very first actress to be nominated for an Oscar in a horror film, followed by fellow cast mate Piper Laurie (Margaret White). With high school bullying now taking centre stage in mainstream media, young audiences may find the topic more relevant than ever, however the telekinetic theme will still propel this movie into the realm of fantasy.

Spacek's CARRIE was such an iconic hit with audiences and a ground breaker for future horror projects that we have to ask why director Kimberly Peirce would even attempt such a remake. With the original being such a definitive work for the genre, and CARRIE 2 (1999) such an unmitigated disaster, I believe that some genre-setting masterpieces should just be left alone to represent their outstanding accomplishments.

Directed by Kimberly Peirce, this remake touts the special effects and the bloody gore to keep audiences entertained, however it can't help but pale in comparison to the highly respected original. Rated-R, 100 Mins, Drama, Horror. *** 3 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin October 21, 2013
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