So last night I watched the remake of an old classic 'Carrie' ... The film version of a Stephen King novel in which an abused young girl realises she has telekinetic abilities, and after a horrible prank at the prom, goes on a, shall we say, small rampage ... Small here meaning anybody in her way gets slaughtered.
I want to say that I really enjoyed the original, I saw it about fifteen years ago, making me about 7 - needless to say I was terrified ... But the film stuck with me and as my understanding of film grew, so did my appreciation for films such as 'Carrie' and 'Hellraiser', elevating them from scary films of my past to horror classics that I really enjoy.
So when I found out they were remaking 'Carrie', I was thoroughly overjoyed - as much as I love cult horror films, I think the time in which they were made lets them down ... Modern techniques and graphics make films much more enjoyable. Then I found out that Chloe Grace Moretz was going to be playing the title character and I pretty much fainted with excitement - this young woman is so near perfect it's unbelievable! And, Chloe Grace Moretz is backed by Julianne Moore and Judy Greer - two other strong female roles, best known (in my opinion) for 'Hannibal' and '27 Dresses' respectively.
I have to say that despite my high expectations, there was also a bit of a worry ... I've seen remakes - I refer here to 'Total Recall' that I reviewed previously - and they were quite disappointing when compared to their originals. I was worried to see one of my favourite classic horror films, be reduced to a shallow rip off that lacked any kind of character and was merely trying to live off the originals' past glories ... I was happily mistaken.
I'm going to say here that this film was not just a remake - it was a carbon copy ... I'm pretty sure that even the lines were exactly the same ... And that is a good thing. Seriously, I know a lot of people will be upset and will say they wanted something different but I believe in the following quote - 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
Overall, it was just as good as I was expecting - it more than lived up to it's expectations and it's predecessor. If you loved the original, then go and watch it - if you've never seen the original, watch the original and then go and watch this (or the other way round if you prefer) - I can say you will not be disappointed.