The new poster for the remake of Carrie, directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) and starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore, has just been released. That’s not it above, that’s just a photo from the film to lure you in to this article. The full version is below.
There’s been some other posters, only one of which doesn’t focus on Carrie covered in pig’s blood. The more interesting of these is a close-up of Julianne Moore’s face, staring out from the poster as Carrie’s overbearing Christian mother. That’s more inventive than this one which, while undoubtedly effective, baldly states the events of the film and pitches it as a rubbish teen horror.
Chloe Moretz herself has compared the film to Black Swan, which the Julianne Moore-themed poster points to rather than the Chloe Moretz one. But the signifying image is the blood on the prom girl, and it’s what everyone already knows about the film, so of course that will feature on the poster.
The remake promises to be a “fresh take on the source material” – the Stephen King novel from 1974 – as opposed to just a straight rehash of the first film, directed by Brian de Palma, which of course was also a pretty straight version of the source material. The novel was more blatantly a metaphor for aging, puberty and the torture of adolescence, a theme that was hinted at but not examined in any great detail in the 1976 film, but was still a good watch that stands up today.
Chloe Moretz has yet to fully capitalise on her horror talents after her bravura performance in Let Me In, already a horror classic. It remains to be seen if Carrie will be just another horror remake, or if it will be a truly interesting and worthwhile reinterpretation of a great novel. I guess we’ll see how the film fares when it hits theatres on October 18th.