By Sarah Frick, Treasurer
Pig’s blood, bullying, and prom join forces once again in Carrie, a remake of the 1976 classic horror flick that started it’s journey as a Stephen King thriller. Carrie is the story of misunderstood and telekinetically gifted teen Carrie White and her search for independence from her mind numbingly religious, and pretty creepy, red flag of a mother. Poor Carrie gets caught up on her journey to develop her telekinetic powers with a major menstruation mishap, which, in this redubbed version, results in a viral video and an endless torrent of bullying. The story line then follows the same plot in former versions resulting in the cruelest of pranks, followed by Carrie’s psychotic mental break meets murder spree.
The movie serves as less of a horror movie, and more of a teen drama. Scratch that: a teen Proma (prom drama). Surely the prom piece was critical to the plot. It was surely not necessary, however, to have a prom primping montage set to a Vampire Weekend song. Rather then prom just being a piece in the plot it became a bubble gum add on to a movie that already had enough shallow High School Musical moments sans the character development.
As for serving its horror quota, Carrie just sort of skims the surface of being frightening. There are not as many jump out moments when popcorn typically goes flying. Rather, it was layered with subdued and twisted moments that result in a slight wince and tilt of the head. It’s the kind of scary that you just have to stare at wondering why. Then there is the blood factor. The set must have been drowning in a surplus of corn syrup and red dye number four because any moment that was supposed to put you on edge featured this gnarly substance. The situations remained unexplained though, and the true fear factor never fully developed.
Despite the lack of character development, the overuse of blood and not having any John Travolta (who stared in the original 1976 version). Carrie did manage to leave viewers with lingering discussion after the credits rolled. Not to mention the fact that it could most certainly head an anti bullying campaign teaching the age old lesson “If you dump a bucket of pig’s blood on someone, they will most certainly lose their mind.”