It wasn't just a box office smash back in 1976. “Carrie” garnered an Oscar nomination for a 26-year-old Sissy Spacek. And for a young novelist named Stephen King -- a first foray into film.
Over the years there have been a few remakes -- a little known sequel and even a Broadway musical about this young teenager with telekinetic powers. And now Hollywood is taking another stab at the horror classic. And trying on the pink prom dress and the bucket of pig's blood is fan boy favorite, Chloe Grace Moretz, best known for her kick-ass performances.
“I was intimidated on taking on a Stephen King novel,” said Moretz. “That's what scared me, is trying to take something that was one of his most iconic pieces of work that he's ever written and try and breathe life, even halfway as good as the words that he's put into a book.”
Her director Kim Peirce wanted to make a movie true to the original book.
“I think because I was in so much love with Carrie as a main character,” said Peirce. “I wanted to put the audience inside her shoes, pretty much how the novel is told, so very much throughout the entire movie you are with Carrie.”
Carrie is bullied for being different, just like Hilary Swank’s Oscar-winning role in Peirce's best known film, “Boys Don't Cry.”
“What I saw in Brandon Teena is very similar to what I saw in Carrie White,” explained Peirce. “These were amazing characters that were misfits, who were outcasts, who basically want to get love and acceptance like we all do, and were willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get it.
“And there's somebody out there who wants to take it away from them,” she continued. “And when that person takes it away, I think we feel brokenhearted, I think we feel indignant, I think we want to see that person, you know, reclaim their space, and we want to see them get revenge.”
“I never had nightmares,” said Moretz, “But for me it was the first movie I ever did in which I wanted to try method and I wanted to try staying in that character for the entire time I'm on set, you know trying to really breathe and live in her because she is such a dark character you can't just cut and be like, you know, hee-hawing around.”
Despite all the latest movie special effects, the new “Carrie,” according to Moretz, is less concerned about supernatural powers than it is about human nature, especially the abusive relationship with her mother, played in the film by Julianne Moore.
“I think it really is the emotional aspect of it,” she said. “It's really what you read within Stephen King's novel, you see that in our movie. You see the effects of the mother-daughter relationship more than just the teenagers.”
Moretz’s mother Teri, who like Moore’s character is also a single mother, can relate to wanting to keep Carrie safe, but the comparison ends there.
“I'm very protective,” she said. “I'm momma bear and there are times that you have to just let go and it's not easy. [The movie] is just so beautifully done. I saw the original one and this one is really beautiful but it's psychologically disturbing.”
She's still a teenager, but Moretz is no stranger to disturbing and ultra-violent films. She was only 12 when she starred in the 2010 cult hit “Kick-Ass.” And just like her prior movies, Moretz, at 16, is still too young to watch her version of “Carrie.”