Thursday, October 17, 2013
I Am Carrie
The new remake of Carrie will premiere tomorrow ( tonight in certain areas). I posted on this months ago. I love Carrie. It and Christine are my favorite Stephen King books. The major problem I have is that the actress playing Carrie (Chloe Moretz) is simply to pretty to play her. I do think the movie will suck but I will watch it anyway. The good news is that the movie is going to aim for the book ending, which will be nice. The ending of the 1976 movie with Sissy Spacek was just not good. The book ending is far more tragic.
If you haven't read the book I would highly recommend it. I read it in one sitting. It's not a lengthy book at all but it's a classic. Steven King did his research for the book and incorporated the 70's-era paranormal research into poltergeists, more specifically that they are not caused by ghosts but by disturbed adolescent teens. The target or the person whom the phenomenon centers around is usually a young woman who has just started her menses and who has been the victim of abuse. The trauma of the abuse with the hormonal changes is believed to unlock the mental power of telekinesis. However, and unlike in the book/movie, the power can not be consciously controlled. The good news is that once the young woman grows out of puberty or receives therapy/counseling for the abuse the phenomenon usually stops. There are cases where young adolescent boys are involved but it's considered rare.
The thing about Carrie is that we are all her. She is us. I think that's why so many people identify with Carrie and even root for her. If we had the type of power she did, and at that age on top of it, we know good and well that we too would be going on rampages and destroying the town, if not the entire planet. This said, I hope people realize the truth about what King was trying to communicate. Carrie began as an abused young girl. With time she slowly transformed into a monster. At the end of the book/movie, when Carrie goes on her rampage, it's either kill Carrie or be killed by Carrie. There's no going back. She can't be saved. There's no coming back from what she did. I remember when I read the book I actually got misty-eyed at the ending because this young woman could have gone on to do so much good in the world. She could have been a superhero but she was dealt a cruel hand by fate and chose a dark path.
Also, I'm going to bring some tampons to the theatre and throw them at the "plug it up!" scene! LOL