[BD Review] Can ‘Carrie’ Resurrect Fear? No…

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While the trailer looked insanely promising, Evan Dickson says that MGM and Sony’s Carrie remake is destroyed by the overuse of CGI. The trailer promised an insane finale that was originally in Stephen King’s book, but early footage out of the Comic-Con complained about the CGI. The thought was that it would be more “final” by release, which unfortunately didn’t end up being true…

Where the film ultimately falters is in its overuse of CGI,” Evan says in his review. “A banal battle cry? Perhaps. But the slick manifestations of telekineses ladled over nearly every scene beyond the first act become overwhelming. For every surprisingly honest moment, there’s a needless effect waiting around the corner to undo it.

And even though the CGI is a mess, Dickson does defend the film a bit: “There’s a lot of confident, good stuff in Carrie. It’s just a shame that she falls apart at the prom.

You can read the review in its entirety by clicking either link above.

  • violentdope

    well that sucks…ill wait for redbox

  • GerryButton

    When I first saw the trailer for this film, I sat back in my chair and thought, “Wow, that was the entire film, start to finish, shown in under 2 minutes.”

    I’m not the only person who noticed this. Anyone who has seen the original Carrie film will probably notice it as well. It’s fine to show some of the great things in your film but holy hell it’s the films best scenes progressing from the beginning to the end.

    I will still see this movie this weekend, but seeing this post now makes me feel bad as it seems it will be even worse than I expect. I usually keep an open mind on remakes but this one has me just not expecting anything at all.

    • EvanDickson

      It’s not terrible. Just not great. There’s some ok stuff.

    • djblack1313

      GerryButton i DO agree that they basically show the whole movie in the trailer but to be fair the original CARRIE’s trailer did as well.

      i’m hoping to catch the movie tomorrow. i hope i, at the very least, like it. :)

      • wehoaks

        ” i hope i, at the very least, like it.”

        because you go in sometime hoping to hate it? Or not care for it? OR REALLY REALLY LIKE IT?

        • djblack1313

          wehoaks, i already know i will like parts of the movie (i adore Judy Greer and i like Julianne Moore a lot). i keep my expectations in check. i learned the hard way with PROMETHEUS to not get too excited/hopeful that i will LOVE movie. if i end up at least LIKING it, that would be great.

          • wehoaks

            Stop trying to date me. Besides, I’m not a twink more than half your age.

          • wehoaks

            Stop trying to date me. Besides, I’m not a twink 1/3 your age.

          • K-Dogg

            As I’ve been reading this thread, WOW is wehoaks a fucking loser !!!!

          • wehoaks

            Should I go move into my mom’s basement so I can move out of it then?

    • kevnk

      same thing here. forget what i first saw the trailer in front of, but as soon as it ended i was like “well..that was the whole movie, no need to pay to see it now”.

  • Baphomitt

    The trailer never looked promising.

    • railridden

      Agreed. This was always going to be an overly slick, unconvincing knock-off.

  • Adam666

    just because Mr D didnt like doesnt mean its not a good movie. Dreadcentral gave it 3.5 out of 4. you shouldnt let one review stop you from seeing it or waiting till it comes out on redbox. That review is just his opinion. See it and form your own

  • woodchuck

    I don’t know… that review kind of came like a knee jerk reaction of someone expecting it to fall short of the original. I’ll hold my judgement until I see it.

    • EvanDickson

      @Woodchuck did you read my entire review? I was more than willing to give it credit on its own. It’s also not a pan – it’s a 3/5.

  • Golic

    if you’re not going to even try to make a great film, why even bother? every shit film out there, is a wasted opportunity.

  • Jasonicus

    Not a shocker. It looks like absolute garbage. The CGI was overused even in the trailers, which gave away 98% of the plot.

    • Talis26

      The trailer for the original actually gave away the plot just as much as this one did, if not more.

      • anezka

        Is there someone who doesn’t know the plot for Carrie? I mean, it is a very popular story, which is been used as reference for other movies for a long time. It is in a book and 2 films already. Carrie’s story is already part of pop culture. If you haven’t seen the film and know that it shows most of the plot is because you already know the plot anyway =)

        • RickGrimesRightHand

          I couldn’t agree more

  • markajacoby

    Here was my take on the trailer: “Oh look. Yet another remake of a classic that this website will wet its pants over until it comes out and then we will all whine about how disappointed we are.” Can we stop destroying classic movies and come up with some truly original ideas?

  • Adam666

    Maybe you should read other reviews to see what other critics had to say about it. Both fearnet and dreadcentral gave Carrie a good review. Dont judge a movie because of one poor review when you havent seen it yourself

    • EvanDickson

      @Adam666 and again, if you read my review, it’s not overly negative. It’s a 3/5.

      • undertaker78

        I think the reason people are unfairly criticizing your review Evan is because of Mr. Disgusting’s negative tone in the article. Most probably didn’t even read your review unfortunately and didn’t take all your points into account. A 3/5 is a fairly positive rating but Mr. Disgusting made it sound like you gave it a 1.5/5 at the most.

  • Cezseldher

    I had issues with the movie since the trailer, because of the CGI, so, if there is a lot of it, and especially in the central pieces (the Prom scene, for example), I’m going to have a serious problem with the film. I’ll give it a chance, tho, mostly because I think that Moore is going to be amazing there.

  • RickGrimesRightHand

    Not sure why anyone would trust a review from either mrdisgusting or Evan Dickson as they both loved curse of chucky. Hell, this is actually an article about a review from their own site. Lazy.

    • djblack1313

      Rick lots of people (i’ve read on this site from regular readers as well as on IMDB’s CURSE OF CHUCKY forum) enjoyed the latest Chucky movie. if you dislike the site and it’s writers so much why are you here?

      • wehoaks

        “if you dislike the site and it’s writers so much why are you here?”

        Aren’t you in your 40′s?

        • djblack1313

          wehoaks, why? are looking to date or something? lol. not to be rude but i take it reading comprehension isn’t your thing.

          what in my comment leads you to ask about my age?
          so far on this page/article you’ve contributed nothing to the discussion (other than trying, i repeat, TRYING to be snarky).

          but by all means keep contributing nothing to the actual topic. i suspect you don’t contribute much to anything.

          • wehoaks

            1. you’re a predictable mess with you’re dating reply.

            2. I mentioned you being in your 40′s because “if you dislike the site and it’s writers so much why are you here?” is popular among the junior high crowd that don’t quite understand that you can comment on things you find negative. It’s called criticism (google the definition).

            3. JUST BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA you’re 40.

      • RickGrimesRightHand

        i come to this site as sometimes actual news is reported on. However, I do find it irritating the amount of BS opinions are included. Especially when the writers whine about how horror isn’t taken seriously then go on to bash decent shows and movies. Seriously shouldn’t bash stuff when you are heaping praise on crappy films like the child’s play series. Just because curse wasn’t completely terrible doesn’t mean its “amazing”. Just too much negativity. I do enjoy the comics and music sections more as those writers don’t throw their negative opinions in every article.

        • djblack1313

          RickGrimes, i can see where you’re coming from and i agree w/ you. sometimes Mr. D injects a bit too much negativity into articles.

          • RickGrimesRightHand

            I have been a fan of this site for a pretty long time but never really felt the need to interject my opinions until recently. It is a common complaint in the horror crowd that the horror genre doesn’t get any respect. Lately there has been a semi decent response to the genre by the general public so I find it frustrating when I read the negative opinions completely intertwined in what is supposed to be a news article. If I wanted the opinions I would read the review or comments sections. Let people have the option of forming their own opinions. As for this Carrie film I thought it was actually pretty entertaining and Evan Dickson’s 3/5 was pretty fair.

  • QueenOfHell

    I want to see this movie for myself and see how it compares to the original since I am a fan of the carrie movies. my fave scene in the original was the ending where the girl had the dream and then carrier’s hand came out and grabbed her ankle. I was like holy shit that was awesome. Im not to familiar with Chloe though but I love Julianne, she does great movies.

  • djblack1313

    Evan, what’s up with some of these people NOT even reading your review and then making erroneous, misinformed (and negative) comments? LOL.

    • wehoaks

      DJ give it up. They have no job openings.

      • djblack1313

        wehoaks, i’m flattered (kindasorta) you follow me around and want to date but i really don’t get into guys who have nothing better to do than try to flame other people from the safety of his mom’s basement. may i suggest you try JDate?

        • wehoaks

          See again, aren’t you 40? You’re comments are that of a helmet-wearing 11 year-old. What’s next – I have cooties?

          • djblack1313

            i love cooties. maybe i’ll have to reconsider dating you. in fact you are my dream basement dweller! love you! :)

  • Tomie Kawakami

    Well first of this movie is not a “remake”, guys. It has absolutely nothing to do with the 1976 movie. It’s another adaptation of THE NOVEL.

    • 321sponge1

      i wish you were right, i thought it was going to follow the book more but really it follows the first film adaptation more. I was disappointed in that regard, but otherwise I actually enjoyed it.

    • kevnk

      idk, some of the things ive read say its basically a redo of depalmas. most remakes are just that, half baked retellings of the original movie, with little or no thought of
      the novel, source material, etc.

    • RubenVeritas

      It did take more from De Palma’s version because the dress is pink and in the book the dress is red. Therefore when Margaret White says “Red I knew it would be red.” but its pink. Also the way the mom was killed was the De Palma version not like the book. It did follow some of the book, but more with the De Palma version.

  • djblack1313

    i also read that there’s basically no town destruction (even though it was said it would be in the movie and even though the teaser showed the town destroyed and on fire. so the scene was filmed but not used). the prom scene apparently is VERY short (shorter than the original’s prom scene was. Carrie “flying”/levitating out of the gym apparently looks ridiculous.
    and Evan is spot on regarding the CGI. i keep reading comments on IMDB from people saying the CGI and the fact it keeps showing Carrie constantly using her telekinesis grows tiring.

    most surprising to me was…….SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER…

    most of the people at the prom survive!!!! apparently only about 8 people die at the prom. so Screen Gems made it more teen/family friendly despite the R rating.

    • RubenVeritas

      Actually I thought how she levitated out of the Prom was pretty fucking awesome. Yes the CGI was used a lot but the film was entertaining as hell. I liked that she only killed those who were the ones responsible for her humiliation. Yes the prom was a bit short and I wish they would have shown the destruction of the town. I am crossing my fingers for an unrated cut dvd release lol. And teen movie I dont think so there was a good amount of violence in the movie. The car scene was pretty awesome and then the bleachers part was also fun.

      • djblack1313

        Ruben, don’t get me wrong, i DO want to see this movie. i’ll probably check it out during the week! and i too am hoping there’s a director’s/unrated cut that includes the town destruction scene.

    • ill_mindedd

      the scene where shes levitating through the gyn was well shot. it looked amazing. i thought it was a great film.

  • nixxi88

    Well in all honesty..I’ve never read the book by Stephen King just watched the original film..must say scared the daylights out of me..probably cause i was only 6..lol (25 now)..watched The Rage:Carrie 2..it was alright..didn’t really care for the 2002 remake of Carrie..seen the trailer for this one..Chloe` Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore are great actresses..just hoping this remake will be at least a little better than the 2002 remake.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Just got back from seeing it and I think a score of 3.5 out of five is very fair and appropriate. I enjoyed it for the most part, as it’s kind of like Let Me In (a remake that is almost identical to the original aside from a few tweaks here in there). Sadly, the prom scene is not as awesome as it should have been. The first film has an excuse for it not being that long or violent due to the budget, but in the age of Final Destination and bigger budgets, the remake should have had a longer prom scene full of creative violence. Telekinesis opens you up to so many possibilities. Overall, all the actors did a good job, but the standouts were definitely Julianne Moore (who I normally don’t care for) and Portia Doubleday, who did a great job as Chris. The final interaction between Carrie and Chris is also stronger in this version than the original, even if the film as a whole is not. The CGI is indeed obvious, but didn’t wreck the film like it did “Mama”. This film ends up on the same list as Insidious 2 and You’re Next for me, not great by any stretch of the term, but not bad films, either. To end, I know this may read like a user review, but whenever I try to post one, the link is dead, so forgive me for this somewhat long post.

    • djblack1313

      WalkWithMeInDarkness, i’ve been wondering why this site no longer has it’s “user reviews” section open anymore. it hasn’t worked on a while.

  • Lou

    I’m still looking forward to seeing this. While I use this site for reviews and recommendations, sometimes my opinions are polar
    opposite to that of the reviewer.Its all rather subjective in the end. Besides, I love Chloe as an actress, and want to see her take on the Carrie role.

  • E.V.-Suicide

    I loved the movie, the ending wasn’t what I expected.

  • Adam666

    I guess some people dont know that this is the second remake of carrie. i have read couple reviews who have compared the new carrie to the original but they dont even mentioned the 2002 remake which had alot of CGI

  • Adam666

    im surprised there is some people who dont know or might have forgotten that this is the second remake of Carrie which came out in 2002. That one also had alot of CGI

  • sicko911

    I’m just glad that Michael Bay didn’t remake this movie, other than that the original wasn’t great to begin with, the book on the other hand is amazing.