The first full trailer for the remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 Stephen King-inspired horror classic Carrie is out. We’ve already seen little glimpses from the movie, mostly images of Chloe Grace Moretz being creepy as the title teenager. Now we get to see how Julianne Moore looks as her fanatical mother. Let’s just say this isn’t Gilmore Girls.
The trailer gives a lot of the plot away, but I don’t think it will really ruin it for anyone, since the original film’s iconography is so ingrained in our minds, plus a lot of the people going to see the remake are probably fans of the original who want to see how the new one compares.
My big takeaway from this trailer is that I’m afraid of Julianne Moore. Her head-banging, lock-her-daughter-in-a-closet mom is very unsettling. Mostly because I associate Julianne Moore with a Boston accent on 30 Rock. Actually, I associate Chloe with her 30 Rock character as well, although that role was more on par with the nightmarish teenager she plays in this movie. She’s very good at being creepy.
I think I was more afraid of Julianne Moore in this trailer because it goes out of its way to make clear how dysfunctional Carrie’s relationship is with her mother, and the cruel treatment that leads her to snap. However, it also made me question whether Carrie will actually scare me or just make me feel bad for her.
When I first saw scenes from the original Carrie on TV for Halloween as a kid, Sissy Spacek’s wide-open eyes and vacant expression haunted my dreams for months. That version of the character scares me more — at least at this point — than Chloe’s intense snarling. That’s not to say that this movie won’t scare the bejesus out of me. It probably will. But for now I prefer the original approach. Plus, I don’t know what it was about the 1970s, but something about that decade’s horror films really freaks me out. Put a girl with bell-bottoms in a room with a masked murderer and I won’t sleep for a week. But if the girl’s talking on an iPhone? Not so much.
Also can we talk about that phone number at the end of the trailer telling us to “Call Carrie”? What is that about? Something tells me Ryan Gosling will not pick up with this hotline.