I have always sought to avoid all thrillers and horrors - as with having an active imagination and a selectively vivid memory - the thrills of the screen were often translated into nightmares. But with the threat of a sombre and dull summer ahead I abandoned this trifling inhibition.
Carrie though thoroughly predictable did not fail to deliver an exciting and entirely watchable adaption of the infamous Steven King novel. Chloe Grace Mortez's performance undoubtedly boasts refreshing talent regardless of questionable direction from Kimberly Peirce whose vision of the film is apparently sourced from a love of the 1976 film.
The CGI used in the film alone is worth a watch - revolutionising the iconic novel into a cinematic experience particularly in the final 20 minutes. Whilst appreciating the authenticity of the candid original 1976 adaption and its notably stronger plot depictions - I would have to favour the 2013 portrayal of various characters. Julianne Moore bringing to light a slightly more subtle (aside from exaggerated hair and makeup) and impressionable representation of Margaret White - one which cleverly implies the complexity of her character. Moretz evidently complements Moore's performance with beautifully inconsistent and hesitant responses. Moretz's performance is also considerably more believable than Sissy Spacek whose representation of Carrie in the 1976 version is more transparent, exaggerated and hence, all the more harder to believe in.
Perhaps the crowning merit of this controversial adaption though - a film which has been said to bring nothing new to an iconic story - is the refreshing depiction of Carrie's arch nemesis Chris Hargensen by the young Portia Doubleday. The cruel and deliciously egomaniacal representation of Chris no doubt promotes the film. The young actress takes on board all new elements of the film with the added cyber-bullying premise whilst never neglecting to embrace the original aspects of the story - the spillage of pig's blood and the character's defiance and silly courage.
Kimberly Peirce's Carrie although lacking the originality which is apparently so sorely sought after - will no doubt satisfy die-hard fans of Steven King. A statement which unfortunately cannot be said for lovers of horror.