Trailer: Carrie redux

While Chloe Moretz and Julianne more lack the flat out ‘otherliness’ of Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, the Carrie remake (of Depalma’s 1976 classic) seems to be sticking true to the beats of the original tale while bringing us into the 21st century where cellphones and cyber bullying co-exist with psychical humiliation, and studio cinema has a way of putting ridiculously attractive collection of twentysomethings all in the same highschool. How will a rampage of butchery and revenge by loners and daughter of a zealous religious nutter be taken in our ‘school shooting every couple of months’ world? I predict the film will be good, perhaps too safe for its own good, but not great – and very likely completely ignored by the general public. Your mileage may vary. The trailer is below. It uses a creepy remix of the classic Shirelles song to great effect and it is great to know that head-bashing as a trailer cutting rhythm works quite well here as well, albeit note quite at the level of the masterpiece trailer for A Serious Man.

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Marina
Guest

This felt remarkably like the original which is a good thing. I’m definitely curious.

And I did call the number at the end of the trailer. It’s pretty freaky.

Sean Kelly
Guest

This is definitely one of the those “it’s a remake, everyone’s seen the original, let’s summarize the ENTIRE film” trailers.

Andrew James
Admin

That is one well cut trailer. But it’s exactly what Sean said. Everyone already knows the story and what’s going to happen, so my guess is everything good about the movie, you just saw in that three minute clip.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I haven’t gotten around to seeing Evil Dead yet and probably won’t until next weekend as I have a cold and don’t want to be interrupting the movie with my coughing and or sneezing. That said, from reviews so far I don’t have much faith in it being a good reboot. So now I’m hoping that Carrie manages to pull it off. They claim to be going to the original Stephen King novel to use various story beats that the original missed out on. Also using today’s special effects to have Carrie’s powers go more over the top at the end in ways that they couldn’t have pulled off in the 1970’s (once again closer to the novel).

No sure that’s enough to make it a better movie, but both Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore are amazing actresses and so I’m still interested in seeing how it plays out.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Based on the word of mouth I’ve been hearing, whether or not you will like the Evil Dead remake really depends on how much of a horror film fan you are.

Kurt has already gone on record with saying he didn’t like it, while others in the Toronto Film Blogger circle have said the opposite.

Only one of my Letterboxd friends have rated the film so far and he gave it 4 stars. Since he’s the host of a genre film podcast, I have to say that I trust his opinion in that area.

I’ve made it no secret that I have a huge dislike of reboots and remakes. CARRIE might turn out to be better than expected (due to its cast), but it isn’t really that necessary.

I am attracted to the EVIL DEAD remake because a) it is being made with the full involvement of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell and b) it doesn’t look like it’s merely a carbon copy of the original (it’s a somewhat smart move not to include the Ash character).

I’m seeing the film on Wednesday for my birthday and I am quite excited about it.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

I’m an huge horror fan that goes way back, but I’m not an uncritical gore-hound who gives a pass at everything the genre sees fit to plunk out on screen.

Horror fans may have anointed Evil Dead, but my guess is that people who like all genres of film, high and low, will see Evil Dead for the clumsy piece of shit storytelling and mirthless affair that simply is not scary.

At least I could point to Cabin Fever and Hostel has sly black comedies. This…nothing.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I’m probably as big a genre film fan as they come and I’m expecting to at least be entertained by the EVIL DEAD remake.

I don’t like “it’s not scary” being an excuse for not liking a horror film. These days, there are very few horror films that truly scare me, since I know all the tropes.

I’m more concerned whether or not I will enjoy myself watching the film. Based on what I saw in the film’s trailers, I am expecting that I will and it will take a lot for me NOT to leave the theatre with a positive impression.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Also Kurt, your dislike of CABIN IN THE WOODS last year (a film I very much enjoy), makes me doubt your genre fan cred a little bit. 😛

Matt Brown
Admin

I pay Kurt an honest compliment exactly once a year so here comes 2013’s: He is as credible and capable a critic of the horror genre as anyone I’ve ever met, and anyone who thinks otherwise is nutso.

As you were people, carry on, nothing to see here.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Kurt, I know you don’t really pay much attention to Rotten Tomatoes, but if the 65% Fresh rating is to believed, you are in the minority about EVIL DEAD.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

I’m in the minority of a lot of things. It makes my opinion neither more nor less significant.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Touché

Sean Kelly
Guest

Oh, I don’t doubt that. I just didn’t respond too positively to Kurt’s generalization of horror fans as “uncritical gorehounds.”

Of course, I’m speaking before I even see the film. I’ll hold off any additional comments until then.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I’m happy that the $25 to $30 million dollar opening for Evil Dead will likely mean Evil Dead 4 or Army of Darkness 2 (whatever you want to call it) will finally happen.

As Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were involved it seems mainly to see if the brand could bring in an audience so that they could continue the franchise.

Jonathan
Guest

And it may just be a rumor, but from what I’ve read, there are talks of making EVIL DEAD 2 (a sequel to this new one), an ARMY OF DARKNESS 2 (which would really be THE EVIL DEAD 4), and then combining the two main characters in a single movie. Army of Evil Deads? Who knows.

Which sounds like both an interesting and terrible idea…

Matt Gamble
Guest

Meh, the trailers for The Conjuring and You’re Next are far better, and they probably will end up being better movies too.

Sean Kelly
Guest

You’re Next is AWESOME!!!!

antho42
Guest

Going by what is presented in the trailer, this film makes no sense whatsoever. The high school dynamics of the noughts are completely different than the 1970’s. In other words, if they wanted to remade this, they should have not set it in a contemporary high school.

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