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It’s ‘Carrie (1976)’ vs ‘Carrie (2013)’

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Brian De Palma’s 1976 book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie is considered to be one of the great films in the horror genre. Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of the title character has been studied and appreciated ever since its release, her traumatic entrance into womanhood that opened the movie kicking off a series of events that culminates in an explosion of telekinetic abilities. The 2013 remake? We gave it a mediocre review, citing the overuse of CGI as a very large stumbling block, one that undid a lot of the good that the film offered.

The below video compares the two films and sees what works and what fails, making for an interesting case on how both have their serious merits while each has its flaws. It doesn’t argue for one being better than the other, although it does posit that the remake – which came at a time when it was ripe for such an undertaking – doesn’t set itself apart enough to warrant its existence.

What about you? What are your thoughts on the matter? Is the 2013 version a solid entry into the category of “horror remakes that are good”? Or was it a disappointment, one that didn’t need to be made at all?

  • Mr. Dry

    As adaptations I don’t like either of them, however Di Palma’s one is way better as a film itself while the 2013 version is just a CGI mess with a few glimpses of quality (Julianne Moore rocks as always).

  • Josh Batchelder

    I love the 2013 movie!! I especially loved Ansel Elgort as Tommy. Yum! Julianne Moore is also really really fantastic. DIRTY PILLOWS!

    • J Jett

      Ansel is indeed UBER-yummy! i loved him in CHRONICLE and even BAIT as well!

      • Khy

        What I like about Ansel is that he is hot, but he has a “regular guy” vibe about him that makes him even more attractive. He’s not manufactured is what I’m saying I guess.

        • J Jett

          Khy absolutely! you spot on. Ansel is smokin’ hot but yet an “every man” type at the same time.

        • J Jett

          Khy, my mistake. i mistook Ansel for Alex Russell (who played Billy Nolan). 🙂

      • DannX68

        Chronicle and Bait? What are you on about? He wasn’t in any of those 😀

        • J Jett

          DannX68, oops! you’re right! i was thinking of Alex Russell (who played Billy Nolan). he was in CHRONICLE & BAIT, etc.

    • Ansel was ok: they needed a prettyboy booked for his look and not an ability to act, so he fits perfectly into that role. I thought Chloe was too cutesy to play Carrie. I tend to find Julianne Moore is one of those “Starring Julianne Moore as Julianne Moore” actresses, for me it’s very rare that she tries actual acting.

      • Khy

        I love Chole Moretz but I thought she was sort of a miscast for the role. She did pretty OK when Carrie snaps, but prior to that she’s just sorta playing a generic shy timid girl and THAT’S NOT ALL THERE IS TO CARRIE WHITE. I also wish they would’ve gotten a slightly “chubby” actress considering Carrie, at least in the book, is supposed to be on the heavier side.

        Julian Moore was serviceable but I didn’t care too much for her. I thought Patricia Clarkson did a better job at “Subtle Margaret” in the cheesy 2002 version.

        • I think the actress in the 2002 movie was actually the best of the three when it comes to Carrie’s mother. I also think the actress who played Carrie absolutely nailed the part two – although I think she had obviously been told to do a little campy over-acting in some parts.
          I remember Carrie being described from the books as something like “the back end of a horse”. I don’t think any of the actresses quite matched that description, but Sissy Spacek looked at least somewhat threatening. That definitely helped that movie when she snaos.

      • J Jett

        Andy IMO Chloe, who i do think is ok, was terrible and completely unbelievable as a bullied, dowdy/frumpy misfit outcast. her being cast in the role nearly ruins the film.

  • Khy

    I liked the 2013 version but I felt like the biggest mistake was that the studio(I guess) decided to turn it into nothing but an updated version of the ’76 film rather than making it a closer adaptation of the material in the original ’74 novel. Kimberly Pierce kept talking about how the 2013 version would be very close to the source material and sadly what we got was the 1976 film with WIFI….

    I heard the studio did a lot of cutting and reshooting, I also heard the entire town destruction was filmed but the studio cut it. Either way, I think Carrie (2013) is great but it suffers from being too close to the ’76 film thus making it pointless(hell, the 2002 Angela Bettis TV remake did a better job at covering material in the novel), no wonder not too many people bothered with it upon release.

    Though I will defend Carrie “hovering” off the stage, I thought that was badass.

    • J Jett

      Khy i remember reading that regarding Kimberly’s original version of the film. i’d love to see it. i was excited to see the destruction of the town and knowing it (or some of it) was filmed but never used is frustrating.

      • Khy

        I would love to see a true director’s cut released. I know a lot of fans were petitioning for it something fierce.

        • J Jett

          yeah, i think i even signed that petition. i just can’t even guess a reason as to why they won’t or didn’t release the version Kim intended to make.

    • oh_riginal

      Wasn’t there a shot of the town on fire with Carrie standing in the center of it, in one of the trailers? Seems odd that they wouldn’t have used the scene, as it would have definitely made the film stand out from the original a lot more, but I guess they were trying to be more like it, rather than different.

      • J Jett

        oh_riginal, there definitely is a shot (in the trailer) with the town on fire. i wish i knew why they didn’t use that footage in the actual film.

  • J Jett

    the original film is one of my all time favorite movies ever. i really don’t even consider it a horror movie. it’s more of a heartbreaking, tragic drama. everything from the cast (EVERY person in the cast was excellent), the direction (De Palma…enough said!), Pino Donaggio’s amazing score, etc…it’s as close to a perfect film IMO as a film can get.
    i didn’t hate the remake. Chloe Moretz was VERY VERY miscast in the role though. 100%. everyone else in the film was fine (especially Portia Doubleday as bully/villain Chris). the one thing the remake did that completely outshines the original film is Chris & Billy’s deaths. in the remake that scene is freaking awesome! it’s intense and justifiably brutal (with Chris’s face decimated through the windshield).

    • zob rombie

      Love the original but I struggle to rewatch just because it makes me feel so uncomfortable. Film with bullying in it makes me feel really uneasy even though I’ve never been (luckily) bullied myself.

      • J Jett

        zob, i know what you mean. any and every time i’ve watched the original i tear up big time. it’s one of the most heartbreaking movies ever IMO.

        • zob rombie

          It really is.

    • The Heatmiser

      I believe King and ninety nine percent of the people who saw Carrie consider it a horror movie. Not an autobiography for people who nobody could stand in high school. King himself has said in interviews that he based Carrie as well as Arnie Cunningham from Christine on kids he taught while he worked as a high school English teacher. According to King, even he was forced to admit that while he didn’t condone how these kids were treated, he couldn’t help but feel disgust and contempt for how weak and submissive these type of kids were. Carrie was an attempt to find out why he felt that way.

      • Creepshow

        Is there a good Chinese restaurant in Curmudgeonville, North Dickalina?

        • The Heatmiser

          Nah, you want good Chinese you have to go to Effeminateburg, South Homoville for that. Good news is you’re already here.

          • Creepshow

            Oh, so you’re a resident? Maybe we can meet up for a Poo-Poo platter.

          • The Heatmiser

            Careful. Rumor has it wehoaks disappeared after he made some colorful comments to a youngster, comments that spilled over into his real life.

          • Creepshow

            You’re one crabby Rangoon.

          • The Heatmiser

            Nah, I just live in reality. Not easy when you live in a world where grown men walk around with tampons shoved up their butts.

          • Simon Allen

            I really don’t think there has been anyone as vile and disgusting as you on here in quite some time .
            You are impressing no one so do us all a favour and crawl back where you came from coz we ain’t interested and your not funny .

          • The Heatmiser

            Uh oh, Gay caveman mad. Gay caveman not amused and want to insult but must wait until gay caveman discover modern language. Gay caveman burn all hair off head inventing fire. Now left with big beard so gay caveman look like he have hair on upside down.

          • Simon Allen

            Say Gay Caveman just once more please because my sides are just splitting here !

          • The Heatmiser

            Gay caveman thumbs upping gay caveman’s own comments. Gay caveman pretty sad. Gay caveman insert himself into conversation, start fight, order people off the forums, then act like he is being picked on because gay caveman is gay and not because he is catty and childlike. Gay caveman need to go watch rupaul’s drag race and rethink life.

          • Simon Allen

            Oh yes i think i will take all of your priceless prejudiced advice ….thank you so much as i was wondering where on earth i was going wrong .

          • If you want to make constructive criticisms and arguments (like you did about King’s reason for writing Carrie), that’s fine. But there is literally no reason whatsoever for bringing anyone’s sexuality into this discussion. Do better and be better.

          • The Heatmiser

            Oh don’t worry jon, At this point I’m pretty bored and disgusted with BD and will delete my account at the end of the day. However, you aren’t fooling anybody. You and the other mods read everything and know exactly what’s said on here on a daily basis. One guy pretty much sexually harasses other posters for months and you mysteriously don’t see it. Someone else says the word gay or tranny and there you are to save the day. BD is damn lucky he didn’t make any of those comments to kids (or did he?)

          • 1) I’m pretty much the only comment moderator on BD.
            2) I pretty much only moderate pending comments, which means 99% of the comments on this site don’t pass me by.
            3) Slurs often get sent into “Pending Comments”, which is why those are the ones I see. I didn’t notice yours because they didn’t go into pending. I had to be notified about your comments, upon which I took action.
            4) If you have someone you feel like I should investigate then please feel free to let me know.

          • The Heatmiser

            Gay caveman obviously not around for wehoaks reign of terror.

          • Simon Allen

            Yes i was ….is that what you are aspiring too ?

          • Creepshow

            Be careful, and don’t overdose.

          • The Heatmiser

            I will. And you be careful inviting gay caveman (Simon) over to your house. Your cat might go missing.

          • Simon Allen

            You make me want to take a fucking shower dude to get the stink of you off me .

          • The Heatmiser

            Gay caveman stink not from Heatmiser. Gay caveman stink come from fact that Gay caveman not invent toilet paper yet and have stinky bum.

          • Simon Allen

            Gay Caveman (which i’n really not offended by coz yes i AM gay and yes i am Hairy )
            BORED !!!!!

          • Simon Allen

            My god this one is a real prize isn’t he ?
            What creature threw him up?

      • Simon Allen

        Hmmm you and King sound full of compassion !
        Bully yourself at school to these “weak and submissive” kids were we ?
        Jesus H !

        • The Heatmiser

          Victim hood has become the most lucrative career in America so your butthurt is no surprise. However, I was merely saying that King said he did not write these stories out of pity for the characters, but more of an attempt to explore why he felt the way he did.

          • Simon Allen

            Again …your compassion is overwhelming .
            Not every person who genuinely suffers at the hands of other assholes writes a book about it or goes bleating about it on chat shows .
            I’d love someone bigger and badder than you to kick your butt or make your life a misery and than see what your opinion is .

          • The Heatmiser

            It won’t be you. You resemble a gay caveman. But it is cool that you can use a computer given that you only discovered fire a few months ago.

          • Simon Allen

            Homophobia too ?
            You are a charming man aren’t u ?
            And i use the word “man” with great caution because i’m not sure what the hell you are apart from a disgusting human being by the sound of it

  • Orvilla Bedinbacher

    Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, and Brian De Palma at the helm…no way the remake can top it. Absolutely, no way!

  • The original is a good movie, unfortunately more of a namesake than anything. The thing I was looking forward to with the 2013 version was the promise of a movie that was much more like the book; unfortunately what we received was (depending on which version you watch) an almost identical remake. It seems odd that the super low budget TV movie adaptation from 2002(?) ended up being the adaptation that was most like the book.
    My main issue with the 2013 version was Chloe Moretz. She was in no way ‘threatening’ as Carrie when she snapped, plus she was doing all that God-awful ‘hand acting’ which was totally unnecessary. Carrie as a character seemed much more threatening in the original when a simple look could literally kill. Plus the horrendous CGI ‘Carrie now flies for no apparent reason’ moment. Errrgh! CGM was just too cutesy to play the role.
    Another perfect example of a movie being ruined by being made for dumb American teens. The original was made for grown-ups, they should have tried the same for the remake too.

    • Khy

      Lol. Yeah, the 2002 TV movie may be cheesy, have bad acting, and look horrid- but they at least attempted to cover the source material which was nice- they actually got most of it with the exception of Carrie living at the end(though I can forgive that because it was supposed to lead to some TV show).

      I also loved the actress that played Sue, I thought she was better than 2013 Sue.

      • J Jett

        Khy even though i don’t love it, the 2002 tv movie has an excellent cast. Patricia Clarkson, Angela Bettis, Katharine Isabelle and Kandyse McClure (Sue Snell)! i agree the 2013 Sue Snell actress was bland/forgettable.

        • PeterGriffin

          Sue Snell in the 2013 version couldn’t act and was bland as a bowl of white rice. Another poor casting choice.

          • J Jett

            Peter, i totally agree! 🙂

    • J Jett

      i agree 100% that Moretz was horribly miscast.

      • PeterGriffin

        She was awful and poorly cast.

        • Satanzilla

          She wasn’t awful — she’s a good actress — but she was totally miscast. She’s way too beautiful to be Carrie. Spacek was perfectly cast.

          • Simon Allen

            NO !!! She is a terrible actress !!!
            The only thing she was ever any good in was “Youth” where she played a spoilt little bitch….not a stretch my guess ha ha !!!
            Did u see the 5th wave CHRIST !!!!!!

          • Cure4Humanity

            Wrong. Clearly you didn’t see Kick Ass, Let Me In, or Hick. She has a lot of talent whether you choose to acknowledge it or not. Feel free to throw in some more exclamation points though to help reinforce your opinion.

          • Simon Allen

            Oh king of sarcasm i saw them all and she is still a shit actress …..she generally ruins whatever she is in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Creepshow

            Ruffling feathers again?
            Keep on, keeping on. 😛

          • Simon Allen

            U know me …….:-)

  • Rick

    Am I the only one who thinks The Rage: Carrie 2 was better than both remakes of the original

    • Yes.

      • Simon Allen

        OMG !!!! is this a joke ….The Rage was so awful !!!!!!
        One of those so bad you have to have it in your collection to believe it actually exists !!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the stupid tattoo effects at the awful “terrifying pool party” and especially Amy Irving being offed ….it’s goddamn hysterical !!!!!!

        • The Rage has to be one of the worst movies ever made IMO. Arguably Firestarter: Rekindled was a better attempt at a sequel of an SK movie, and that was tripe too.

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      No Sir. Right there with you. I liked the sequel much better than the remakes.

    • Simon Allen

      See my reply to Andy.Roo.

  • Maxime C

    Not even reading the article or watching the video.
    This article must be a joke of some twisted kind.

    • Khy

      This whole site is a joke of some twisted kind LOL

      • Maxime C

        It sure took a turn at some point yes.

  • Khy

    Carrie 76- Wins for being the best movie.
    Carrie 02- Wins for being the closest to the novel.
    Carrie 13- Wins for being the goriest.

    That’s my actual ranking too.

  • DarkBree

    There’s no discussion here, the 1976 wins it all! The end!

  • DuckingGold

    Why is this even a question? The remake was pointless and godawful.

    • PeterGriffin

      Exactly! The remake as a bland rehash of the 1976 film. Pointless.

    • silentevil77

      it was better than the first remake imo

  • 1EyeJack

    LOVE the original as it’s one of my all-time favorite movies, but I do think that Julianne Moore’s portrayal of the mother in the ’13 remake is more realistic and scarier than Piper Laurie’s portrayal (although I love Piper’s version – I think she’s hysterically funny!).
    The most unfortunate aspect of the ’13 remake is the casting of Chloe Moritz Grace. I think she’s a fine actor, but she’s just too pretty to play “Creepy Carrie”, what with the thick head of hair, big blue eyes and the puffy kissable lips. SIssy Spacek’s portrayal was so well done and her look was terrifying to me as a kid (even without being covered in blood). I could not imagine anyone as being better in the role than Spacek.
    By the way, for all you hardcore fans, ScreamFactory is releasing a Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray of the original on Oct. 11. The Deluxe Limited Edition is sold out.

  • Satanzilla

    I love the original but it also has a somewhat cheesy 70s horror movie feel to it. I liked the remake a lot but Chloe Moretz wasn’t right as Carrie. Too pretty.

    • Joe Atollah

      Yeah, in the book she was chubby, pale and pimply

  • Barely remember the 2013 remake except for Chloe Grace Moretz being painfully miscast.

    The original is a film I watched at a young age and it really stuck with me – I can’t say anything bad about it.

  • There really is no comparison. I had low expectations ever since I saw the seductive look on Chloe’s face on all the artwork. Totally missed the point 100% of who Carrie Fisher is meant to be

    • J Jett

      Kirkio, did you mean Carrie WHITE and not Carrie FISHER?

      LOL. 🙂

      • Jay Brezzy

        I was thinking that too lol

    • Simon Allen

      Um Carrie Fisher ?
      I think you might have your movie stars i mixed up a little .
      Carrie White is the title character.

      • Yep, already realised my mistake and suffered the embarassment, haha

        • Simon Allen

          Don’t worry all make mistakes ……i’m a master xxx

        • blackie_chan

          They really shouldn’t have remade Carrie Underwood

          • I was going to correct the mistake, but thought I’d let it Carrie on for a bit longer

          • blackie_chan

            Haha
            Also..don’t forget that the special edition drops next month.

  • Simon Allen

    NO CONTEST !!! The first one is a near perfect movie in any genre not just horror it is an absolute masterpiece .
    BUT …..i did enjoy the remake very much apart from Chloe Grace Moretz who was horribly horribly miscast and just didn’t have the acting chops the role needed .
    The rest of the cast was great and i think that Kimberley Peirce did a really great job..

    • J Jett

      Simon, i agree 100%! 🙂

    • Gabe Peña

      It would have been neat to see Sissy Spacek playing the mom in the 2013 remake

      • Simon Allen

        She’s way to nice ! Plus a little too old nod dare i say .

  • Royal Rican Prince

    Well the 1977 is why we all remember and STILL talk about Carrie.

  • Charles Cumella

    Didn’t even have to read the article… NO COMPARISON.

  • Mike Lawrence

    I did like the remake but the original is such a classic. It’s so much more atmospheric and the prom scene far exceeds the new one.

  • Frank Lloyd Jr

    I think of the Angela Bettis and Chloe Moretz versions as different adaptions of the Stephen King book and not remakes of the Sissy Spacek version. That’s just my opinion though.

  • Kirby4Ever

    The original was the first horror film I ever saw and is essentially why I’m obsessed with horror and writing on this website today. The remake isn’t really anything special, and I was VERY underwhelmed the first time I saw it, but after rewatching it a few more times at home, I’ve come to appreciate it much more. It is WAY too similar to the original in most scenes, but the subtle changes the director does take are actually very well done. I noticed overtime that the roles of Carrie and her mother are actually reversed in the remake. In the original, Carrie was the victim the whole time. Yes, she was still a victim when she killed everyone at the prom because she clearly wasn’t in control of herself. Sissy’s acting perfectly displayed that. In the remake, Carrie is totally conscious and in control of herself at the prom and targets specific people. I actually kind of find that more interesting and relevant today with the alarming number of school shootings, usually by kids who were bullied. The fact that it was a conscious decision makes it scarier.
    Meanwhile, whereas I was absolutely terrified of Margaret White in the original, I actually sympathized with her in the remake. In the original, I never once thought she loved Carrie. The smile on her face when she attempts to kill her at the end is petrifying. But in the remake, I understood Margaret more. I really felt like she did love Carrie but it made her hate herself. She knows Carrie was born out of “sin” and every time she looks at her, she sees her own weakness and failure, but she couldn’t bring herself to kill her at first. She doesn’t hate Carrie and she doesn’t want to hurt her but by the end of the film she feels like she has no choice left and it’s the only way to atone.
    I think the remake works best as an interesting counterpart to the original. It’s pretty much the same formula but the little differences are interesting to notice.
    Also, there are some great performances. Julianne Moore, Judy Greer and especially Portia Doubleday. I love Nancy Allen, but I really feel like Doubleday’s portrayal of Chris was more entertaining and developed!

  • LOX TO THE DEATH

    Carrie meant to be the socially awkward outcast they cast Chloe Moretz failed already. Nightmare on Elm street is still the worst horror re-make so far