Certain films hold such a weighty place in the lexicon of horror, one would think no one would ever dare touch or remake them and that list is getting shorter and shorter as movies that may have been too precious to get the remake treatment a few years back are now being explored.
Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s first published novel Carrie may fall slightly behind 70s classics like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and Jaws, but it’s still a powerful film about a teenage girl dealing with abuse at home from her ultra-religious mother and torment at school who learns she has telekinetic powers that allow her to fight back. The movie was so powerful that both its lead actresses, Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie, received Oscar nominations in those great days when the Academy didn’t immediately shun a genre movie as being unworthy of their gold statues.
As it turns out, King’s novel was one of the properties owned by MGM that they decided to tackle with their most recent phoenix-like return from the dead. Just like when word started getting around there was going to be a remake of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead –which turned out quite well in our opinion–we may have been just as cynical or hesitant when we heard someone was going to re-explore King’s still-relevant ideas from the 70s and make another movie based on his book.
So, when we were invited up to the Toronto set of the movie last August, we went up there with as open a mind as we could have, having already gotten a ringing endorsement from Sissy Spacek herself for the project based on the movie’s casting alone.
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Carrie opens in theaters nationwide on October 18th.