Caitlin Rickard: Carrie vs. Carrie

Over the weekend I got back in to the swing of things. I went to a movie for the first time in a few months, which is a lifetime in my eyes.
Oct 22, 2013
Caitlin Rickard
(Courtesy MrX FX • MCT) Chloe Moretz stars in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems’ ‘Carrie.’

Over the weekend I got back in to the swing of things. I went to a movie for the first time in a few months, which is a lifetime in my eyes.

Though the choices featured groundbreaking movies and potential Oscar winners, such as Gravity, Prisoners, Captain Phillips and The Fifth Estate, I decided with Halloween being so close, I’d go with something a little more fitting.

The highlighted hit this weekend was set to be a remake of Carrie, and with Chloe Grace Moretz as star Carrie White and Julianne Moore as her overzealous religious “mamma,” of course I was in. And as an aside, Kimberly Pierce directed this remake, so if you’ve seen the movie Boys Don’t Cry that’s an immediate no-brainer to see the film. (Only the true film buffs will get this reference).

With the original Carrie starring Sissy Spacek, I’ll admit I was a little defeated before seeing the remake. However, Moretz, being the new “it girl” that she is was incredible and of course believable only being 15 years old. 

I think my main complaint about Moretz actually was that she was too… pretty. Carrie is supposed to be a lonely and homely outcast abused by her peers, but one look at Moretz and you see she’s a sight for sore eyes. Even her winning Prom Queen in the film felt real because I could totally see that happening to her in real life.

The movie however barely waved from the original and in fact at times almost looked like a mirror image, minus the updates from 1976.

The main difference was the opening scene showing Mamma White giving birth to Carrie. And honestly, I think it was a scene the movie could of definitely done without.

I think more than anything over the years the theme has stayed true and has been heard loud and clear more recently. Bullying is not OK. 

Though the movie never voices it or is used as a medium or path to anti-bullying, the message is apparent: you mess with the bull, you get the horns. Given, not everyone that is bullied has telekinetic powers, but still, probably stay away from those quiet loner types.

Perhaps one of the most easily recognizable horror movies of all time, the plot reaches a boiling point when Carrie wins Prom Queen and is then doused by a bucket of pig’s blood while on stage. Insert telekinetic powers here.

Overall, I was pleasantly pleased with the remake of such a classic film.

But if I can just add my two cents, I think the made-for-TV movie version of Carrie from 2002 starring Angela Bettis as Carrie and Patricia Clarkson as Mamma White completely takes the cake. 

That Carrie was the epitome of a loner and whole-heartedly convinced me.

No matter which Carrie is your favorite there’s one thing that has rung true throughout the years and remakes; you will know her name.

Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.


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