New ‘Carrie’ Gets a New Trailer: How Does It Compare to the Original?
The two Carries: Chloe Grace Moretz and Sissy Spacek (Photo: Sony Pictures/Everett Collection)
You already know the story of Carrie White, Stephen King's tormented tragic heroine who puts the psychic smack down on her high school classmates and crackpot ultra-religious mama after her pretty prom dress is ruined (hey, everyone has a breaking point).
Indeed, even for those who have never seen the original 1976 film, the 2002 TV movie, or read the book (King's first published novel, BTW), there are few surprises in the new trailer -- premiering exclusively here on Yahoo! Movies -- for the story's latest cinematic incarnation of "Carrie" starring Chloe Grace Moretz. It's all there: Carrie is the butt of various bits of humiliation until she unleashes what the movies sometimes refer to as a roaring rampage of revenge. But what is new is the first glimpse at how the new film tackles that fateful prom night, and the carnage one telekinetic girl (with some cutting-edge visual effects) can do.
The story of Carrie White is nothing new, but 37 years after the release (and we do mean release) of Brian De Palma's film starring Sissy Spacek, the telling of it has certainly changed. Nothing illustrates how much time has gone by -- and how much our cinematic storytelling methods have changed in that time -- than in comparing the trailers for "Carrie" '76 and "Carrie" '13.
Watch the exclusive new trailer for 'Carrie':
Chloe Grace Moretz makes for a much different Carrie than her '70s-era predecessor, and not just because she's, you know, an actual teenager (Moretz recently turned 16 whilst Spacek was 27 at the time). Moretz drops Spacek's bug-eyed freak-out act (which was perfect for De Palma's film) for something much more subdued and nuanced, taking a slow-burn approach to this increasingly tortured teenager.
The newfangled special effects also provide a robust showcase for what could be seen as Carrie's "mutant superpowers" -- indeed, the trailer often plays more like an "X-Men" spinoff than a horror flick as Carrie slowly discovers her remarkable abilities. The "X-Men" vibe continues as the new film also looks to be delving into an element of the book that was ignored in De Palma's version: Carrie's search for "other people out there like me who can do what I can do."