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Carrie again

Discussion in 'Carrie' started by Cynthia E, May 5, 2016.

  1. Cynthia E

    Cynthia E Member

    I saw the original Carrie in an art theater a couple of nights ago. I knew the film pretty well, having seen it in its first release. At the time, I was about the same age as the characters and it really hit me--especially the bullying concept. We didn't have a name for it then. The famous ending still scares me. It is Brian DePalma's masterpiece, but he couldn't have done it without Mr. King.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...the ending is memorable, but only for the shock value-not the real conclusion.....
  3. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Have you seen the remake of the movie? I haven't yet, but can't see it being as good as the original movie (the book was better).
  4. Cynthia E

    Cynthia E Member

    I haven't seen the remake.
  5. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I started at the beginning with Carrie and what grabbed me was the odd one out thing. I wasn't bullied in school, but I was always one of the odd ones out. It was the very end that was the real shocker. Never saw the remake. The original will always be the only one for me.
  6. 80sFan

    80sFan Just one more chapter...

    I went grudgingly to the movies to see the remake (my teen daughter begged me to take her). We are both fans of the book and the original film (by far the best), but the 2013 adaptation held its own.

    PS welcome to SKMB, Cynthia :)
  7. Roho T Rooster

    Roho T Rooster Well-Known Member

    The remake was okay...but in the original, Sissy Spacek portrayed Carrie as backward and unattractive. Chloe...not so much. Her acting was good, just didn't pull off the outcast as well.

    Growing up in a VERY Fundamentalist, small southern town, where everyone was either a Baptist or Pentecostal, the original movie, when it came out, hit home. Again, seeing it now doesn't have the same impact, since I took myself out of that situation decades ago.

    While I have always said IT was the first King novel I read, I do believe it was Carrie, the year it came out in paperback, in the 70's.
  8. César Hernández-Meraz

    César Hernández-Meraz Wants to be Nick, ends up as Larry

    I love how Ms. Spacek became Carrie in the original. The actress was really beautiful, and her portrayal was not overweight nor had acne, but her acting skills alone made her a total outcast.

    It would be hard to compete with that, but it would seem the ones involved in the remake did not even try, having a cute (tomboyish), smiling and playful Carrie.

    In the original, we get Carrie's final explosion is caused by years and years of living a life she hates (tries to love it because it is what her mom wants, but she simply can't). Years and years of people laughing at her. The remake shows a Carrie that is mostly okay in the group and suddenly abuses her very-much-under-control superpowers to kill everyone she knows.

    Agreed. She even joined in the group jokes and talked back.

    I did like that her mom showed more love for her, as in the book. If not for that love, she would have returned Carrie to the Lord a long time ago, as was her duty, but she was weak and her love stopped her from doing what she knew she had to do.

    I did not like that her mom was more subdued in her sharing the word of God with others. I think that was a huge factor of what made Carrie an outcast in the book and the first movie. People saw her mom as a crazy fanatic, so Carrie had to be crazy by association, too. In the remake, she is very "religious", too, but keeps her thoughts and judgments to herself; so why did kids hate Carrie and made her life miserable? Oh, yeah, they didn't.

    Something I loved in the new movie were Tommy and Sue. Actually, I loved the fact the kids still looked like kids (slightly older than the characters, but not as much as the ones in the first movie). Tommy Ross was convincing in being a very cool guy with everyone. I can see why people would like him. And Sue Snell looked beautiful and intelligent, and also sensitive to others' problems. I can see both of them as the popular kids due to looks, charisma, academics and sports achievements, and politeness. BTW, I never really liked the original movie's Tommy's looks.
  9. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Long story short: I was bullied all 4 years of HS (hence the screen name). I read Carrie when the book was first published in paperback. I saw the movie when it first came out in the theater and loved it (and still do). Here I am 40 years later and still reading SK and Carrie (the DePalma version) is still my favorite SK book and film adaptation. As for the ending, when I first saw it, the whole theater jumped and screamed in unison (at least that's my romantic memory of it) and although it was different from the book, I liked it. That said, I do like the book ending better because of what it hints at.
  10. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Carrie, the first SK book I read. I remember it very well because the book was "unputdownable," if that's a word. I saw the movie soon after and enjoyed it very much. That's Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and Brian De Palma--what a team!
  11. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Did I mention that the story was by one Stephen King?
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  12. Roho T Rooster

    Roho T Rooster Well-Known Member

    I can relate. I hated high school. HATED it. Not a jock. Not a nerd. Don't have rhythm. Plus, the added fun of Fundy parents. I know I've read Carrie at least 4 times. Yes, the book ended better. It's like...cool...world domination. *Despicable Me laugh*
  13. huang peng

    huang peng New Member

    A girl introverted, always bullied, the most hateful mother also think she is the devil incarnate, if I were her father will beat her mother, and then sent her to the police station! It was all her mother's reasons, and at last the girl was bullied enough to use her magic to close the door of the party house, and she burned it in the house! I reckon the gang was burned to death! She went home sadly, thinking her mother would comfort her when she knew it, but the fact was that mother was going to kill him! After the movie, I think the girl is pitiful!--《Carrie》
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