Film / Carrie (2013)

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Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film, directed by Kimberly Pierce, and is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name. The film was produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The film was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems on October 18, 2013. The film stars Chloe Moretz as the titular Carrie White, and Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother, Margaret White, Judy Greer as Ms. Desjardin, Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargensen, Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell, Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross, and Alex Russell as Billy Nolan.

The film is a re-imagining of the classic horror story about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Moore), who uses her telekinetic powers with devastating effect after being a victim of a cruel prank at her senior prom.

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  • Adaptational Badass: Carrie in the 2013 version is more well-adept on using her powers. She's also much more ruthless in punishing her tormentors.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The 2013 version features a prologue that shows a younger Margaret giving birth to Carrie ( and attempting to murder her).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the '13 version, when Sue tries to justify not apologizing to Carrie since Tommy never apologized to a bully he beat up, Tommy asks her, "What did Carrie White ever do to you?" (They have a similar conversation in the book as well.)
  • The Beautiful Elite: Averted. Portia Doubleday was made to look less attractive than Chloe Moretz, being done up like a spray-tanned Snooki/J-Woww wannabe, yet was playing the Alpha Bitch Chris to Chloe's freak loner Carrie. This creates the impression, on top of the characterization in the script, that Chris might be jealous of Carrie's looks.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Chris' death, in which she gets thrown through a windshield after Carrie crashes Billy's car. Her face gets badly carved up, with several huge shards of broken glass sticking out of it.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Double subverted with Carrie pull a Force Neck Lift on Miss Desjardin... to get her out of the way.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Both George and Erika are seen among the survivors after the prom scene. Points to George as he was right in the middle of the prom trying to help people escape.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. The trailers reveal that Carrie's mother cites teachings and verses that are so skewed and outrageous that Carrie outright states that they aren't even from the Bible.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Most of the prom goers. Special mention goes to Tina (whipped by electric cords which ignite her dress and her hair) and Chris (got her face stuck in the windshield. Carrie just looks at her and seemingly leaves...then she hurls Chris' car into the nearby gas pump).
  • Daddy's Girl: Chris is a particularly toxic example.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Chris got her lawyer father to threaten to sue the school since they didn't have proof she was involved in the "tampon shower" incident, it never occurred to her that the school might actually have proof (in the form of the video on her phone).
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Averted, at least in comparison to the other versions: Carrie causes massive property damage and a lot of panic, but only kills the people she thinks had a hand in the pig's blood prank. She even lets Miss Desjardin and Sue go unharmed.
    • This version adds another layer: An offhand comment from Chris implies that Carrie has, on occasion, parroted some of her mother's more extreme beliefs about her classmates in front of them. While one can certainly understand them being annoyed by that, their abuse of her is rightly treated as an overreaction.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The 2013 version has Sue visiting Carrie's grave and placing a single white rose by the headstone, which is vandalized with the words "Carrie White Burns In Hell". The headstone cracks and Carrie screams, hinting that she's Not Quite Dead. (There's no indication that this is a dream sequence this time.)
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The stooge in Billy's posse charged with killing the pig whose blood is used to humiliate Carrie simply couldn't bring himself to murder a helpless animal even after "psyching himself up" with cheap macho bravado. This just rubs in how evil Billy is when he kisses the same hammer and gleefully brings it down on the poor swine.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Subverted. It takes Carrie dropping a light pole onto the car, after it's been crashed into a gas station, to blow it up.
  • Flat "What.": When Tommy asks Carrie to the prom, after a moment of stunned silence this is the only reaction she is able to produce.
    Tommy: So you know the prom is next week? I was wondering, if you don't have a date already, maybe you want to go with me?
    Carrie: ...What?
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tommy (played by 6'4" Ansel Elgort) and Carrie (5'4" Chloe Moretz). The height difference between the two is particularly noticeable in the scene where Tommy comes to Carrie's house - Tommy has to hunch over just to stay in frame with Carrie.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Chris films Carrie's humiliation in the shower and posts it on YouTube. It bites her in the ass when Miss Desjardin and the principal use the video to point to her as the ringleader of the prank.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Sue, Chris states that Sue didn't keep running Miss Desjardin's suicide runs because she believed she needed to be punished, she did it so she could still go to prom, which is what she really wanted, capping it off by telling her "You don't give a shit about Carrie White, and everyone knows it." The expression on Sue's face states clearly that the barb hit home, and she starts concocting her prom scheme in the very next scene (and we all know how that turned out.))
  • Kick the Dog: Carrie reads a poem for her English class, and the teacher describes it as incredibly disturbing, asking Carrie is she's done or if she wants to torment them some more. Tommy's first sign of character development is him Calling the Old Man Out by muttering "asshole." When the teacher asks what he said, Tommy replied that "Awesome. I thought Carrie's poem was awesome. Didn't you?"
  • Lighter and Softer: While the 2013 version is still R-rated, the opening shower sequence is significantly toned down in comparison to its 1976 counterpart, especially in terms of nudity. This is justified by the fact that Chloe Moretz was barely fifteen at the time; social services and law enforcement would have had a field day if Kimberly Peirce decided to film her the same way that Brian De Palma filmed the twenty-six-year-old Sissy Spacek. The added violence and bloodshed during Carrie's rampage almost feels like a way to make up for it.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: The first international movie poster for the 2013 version of the film simply shows a close-up of Chloe Moretz as Carrie, drenched in blood, with the Tag Line "YOU WILL KNOW HER NAME," playing off of the original film's fame to do most of the heavy lifting.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The film opens with Margaret giving birth to Carrie, and contemplating murdering her. A version of the above scene was also shot for the film, though it was dropped later on in favor of the one just described.
  • Mondegreen: The principal's only line during the prom rampage can be heard as "No, Carrie!" or "Don't panic!"
  • Mutual Kill: The 2013 film has more or less the same sequence of events at the 1976 movie, with Margaret stabbing Carrie and Carrie impaling Margaret with the knives and destroying the house around them after her My God, What Have I Done? moment. The only change is that, before Carrie destroys the house, Sue shows up and tries to get Carrie out of the house. Carrie almost kills her, but instead gently levitates her out of the house after sensing that Sue is pregnant, telling her "it's a girl."
  • Mythology Gag: The alternate ending of the 2013 film: Sue has a dream where she is taken in to have her baby, but after some complications, she is accosted by a pair of bloody hands, similar to the original movie's ending where she is similarly attacked in a dream when leaving flowers at Carrie's grave.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The year on Carrie's gravestone is 2014.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The same plot point occurs predictably in the 2013 remake, with Miss Desjardin suspicious of Tommy and Sue's treatment of Carrie, and Miss Desjardin kicking Sue out of the prom after Sue receives a text from Chris hinting at the prank. Miss Desjardin even states that "You're not going to ruin this for her (Carrie)." Though Sue's noble intentions are made more clear to the viewer in the 2013 version, Miss Desjardin still has every reason to be suspicious.
  • Not So Different: Chris gets her face lacerated by shards of glass after the car she's in crashes into the gas station and she's jerked into the windscreen. Looking from her bloodied face to the blood-drenched Carrie, this may be a possible way representing how Carrie has brought her bullies down to her level with her rampage.
  • Offing the Offspring: The 2013 film takes this Up to Eleven by revealing, in the first ten minutes, that Margaret tried to murder Carrie seconds after giving birth to her!
  • Oh Crap!: Chris' reaction during her Villainous Breakdown.
  • Power Floats: Carrie leaves the burning gym by levitating out of it.
  • Precision F-Strike: Potentially subverted. Miss Desjardin still describes the Tampon Shower as "a shitty thing" twice in a row, but the girls don't giggle in response. Later, during the "suicide runs," Chris cusses back full-force at Miss Desjardin, and even later, Chris' dad points out that a teacher swearing at her students is not okay.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: The Jerk Jock posse has to goad each other into killing the pig they get the bucket of pig's blood from. Reality Ensues indeed.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chris gives an epic one to Sue after Chris is officially no longer allowed to prom. Her statements that Sue has been dreaming about her perfect prom with her perfect boyfriend her "whole goddamn life" really drives home to Sue how pointless her contrition up to that point had been, and leads her to plan to sacrifice her perfect prom night for Carrie's happiness.
  • Redemption Equals Life: Not only does Carrie save Miss Desjardin from getting electrocuted, but also allows her to escape safely. Sue is also spared after Carrie finds out Sue's pregnant.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted with Sue. In her final confrontation with Carrie, she looks a lot dumpier. This may have been used to show them as Not So Different.
  • Shout-Out: A minor one to The Rage: Carrie 2 — broadcasting Carrie in a compromising situation is what finally sets her off.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Implied in the Viral Marketing, where the "Find Carrie" Facebook app has Carrie stalking you.
  • There Are No Therapists: It's mentioned that the state intervened to force her mother to stop homeschooling Carrie, so at the very least, somebody stepped in on her behalf at some point. Though you'd think, given they knew enough that Margaret's homeschooling was considered harmful, they would have outright judged Margaret unfit. That said, it's entirely possible Margaret was simply judged unqualified to continue Carrie's education.
  • Up to Eleven: The 2013 remake amps up the violence of the 1976 movie and the novel. For example, when Carrie finds Chris and Billy trying to escape in their car, she doesn't just derail the car and send it crashing in a fiery explosion. She collapses an entire road, destroys the car when it rams into her force field, chokes Chris with her own seat belt, levitates the entire vehicle, and sends it flying towards a gas pump, with the subsequent impact smashing Chris's face right through the windshield...oh, and then it explodes.
  • You Can See That, Right?: One of the girls at prom asks her boyfriend, "Are you seeing this?" when Carrie begins making the blood on her body levitate. What happens next leaves little room for doubt.

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