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‘Carrie’ continues to scare on screen

Halloween weekend calls for a scary movie night. With Halloween just around the corner, there are a number of classic horror films that can make for a stomach-turning, heart-racing, thrilling movie night.

Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie” has that classic thriller feel, with a modern touch. Peirce’s “reimagining,” brings relevance to the high-school horror classic.

“Carrie” is the story of the telekinetic, misfit Carrie White, who faces torment and bullying by her schoolmates and the zeal of her religiously oppressive mother, Margret.

In this adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Peirce allows the audience to reimagine the characters. Two standout performances come from Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz, who do justice to the original Oscar-nominated actresses of the 1976 version of “Carrie.” Moore plays Margret, while Moretz takes on the role of Carrie.

Although Peirce’s adaptation downplays many of the first films ghoulish trends, it also adds one for its own.

The movie opens with a bloody birth of Carrie, a hard-to-watch performance by Moore. Margret, a religious fanatic, takes the baby as a curse from God, and frequently refers to the child as a “cancer.” Moments after the birth, she presents scissors and faces the struggle of deciding on whether or not to spare the child’s life, due to her religious motives.

“I haven’t seen very many movies with Julianne Moore, but I was impressed by her commitment to this character. Her intensity was rather shocking which greatly enhanced the movie,” senior Camille Moore commented, after seeing the film.

Sissy Spacek leaves Moretz big shoes to fill. Spacek was the original, actress to play Carrie White. Moretz takes over the role of Carrie in a way that the audience doesn’t forget the original, but allows Moretz to stand in a separate light. After the cold and chilling performance of Moretz in the locker room, Carrie not only becomes aware of what it means to be a woman but also of her telekinesis in an empowering way.

This mother-daughter relationship is nothing simple. In this adaptation more of Margret’s history is present, leaving the audience sympathizing with both Margret as well as Carrie.

The only bothersome aspect of the film is though it’s the 21st century; writers and directors are still portraying high school students as stereotypes. This doesn’t pull from the storyline, but it is distracting and tacky.

That being said, the use of cellphones was a distinctive and clever modernization of the film as it played a huge part in the torment that Carrie faced by her bullies. Although “Carrie” is a remake, it holds its own due to the strong acting of Moore and Moretz.

In addition, Peirce’s “reimagines” this classic horror with vision and efficiency with attention on bullying in the heart of this decade and social media.

Special Lovincey / Columnist

Special Lovincey can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Stephen King’s horror novel causes fear

Stephen King is a household name at this point in his career, but in 1974, he was an aspiring novelist who was celebrating his success of his first published novel, “Carrie.”

“Carrie” is a horror novel that takes place in the late ’70s and follows the tragic senior year of awkward teen, Carrie White.

Carrie is abused at both home and school, by her bible-thumping mother and her awful, bullying classmates.

The novel begins with Carrie getting her first menstrual period ever in the high school’s gym showers.

Thinking that she is bleeding to death, Carrie panics and the girls in her class ridicule her by throwing feminine hygiene products and taunting her.

During the stress of the incident, a light bulb explodes, showing the beginning of Carrie’s telekinetic powers.

Eventually, Carrie’s gym teacher comes to her rescue.

When Carrie arrives home, her mother is convinced that Carrie’s period means that she is being punished by God as Eve was after committing the first sin.

Carrie is thrown into a closet and forced to pray for hours, which was a common punishment for her to have to endure.

In the time leading up to prom, Carrie begins to discover and hone her telekinetic powers while her schoolmates plot revenge on her after they were punished for bullying her.

However, not all of her classmates are awful people. Sue deeply regrets her involvement in Carrie’s torture and wants to make emends by having her boyfriend, Tommy take Carrie to prom.

The climax of “Carrie” is well-known, Carrie wins prom queen and has pigs’ blood dumped on her which leads to a telekinetic homicide adventure.

“Carrie” has been adapted into several films by the same title. The first was released in 1976, starring Sissy Spacek and the most recent released this October starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

For some reason, “Carrie” is often banned from schools, perhaps because of the violence or because in the ’70s people did not talk about periods.

The banning is a bit odd because if you want to hinder bullying than letting people read a story where bullies are brutally murdered might be a solid way to go.

More proms would probably be burnt down if telekinesis was more of an epidemic because bullying is certainly no rarer than it was in the ’70s, if anything, due to the internet, bullying has just become easier.

Weirdos like Carrie still take the bulk of the teenager to teenager hate.

The moral of “Carrie” is to take other’s feelings into consideration unless you are absolutely positive that they do not have telekinetic powers.

For more information about “Carrie” and more of King’s horror novels visit stephanking.com

Paige Jurgensen / Columnist

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com