I'm a snob when it comes to horror movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
I cringed when I saw birds attack the beautiful Tippi Hedren in a phone booth in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."
I practically got down on my knees and prayed when poor, little possessed Linda Blair from "The Exorcist," was tossed back and forth on her bed, falling back onto the bed only to show the whites of her eyes and her frog-like throat.
And then there was "Carrie," 1976. Sissy Spacek defined the role of telekinetic teenager, bullied to the point of death and destruction. Not of herself, but of her peers. And then there was Carrie's mother, played by the very disturbing Piper Laurie. A stout religious fanatic, her view on life and how she raised Carrie really messed with my head.
Now 35 years later, the film has been remade. It premieres this year and stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her mother, Margaret White.
I saw the trailer for the remake last week, and have watched it several more times since then. My first thought when I saw it: No. Just no.
I love Julianne Moore as Margaret White, but I'm not so sure of Moretz as Carrie. It's not that her acting is bad, but it's that she doesn't fit the part - at least to me.
She's much too pretty, and I feel like she doesn't bring that awkward beauty that Sissy Spacek had. Spacek looked like she would be teased, but still held this beauty that could be released if she wanted. She was so emotionless, while Moretz seemed more emotional.
I know that a remake is a remake. It's not like they're trying to re-capture the original, and in that respect it's a great remake.
I guess I'm just going to continue loving my originals.
Watch the trailers yourself and let me know what you think by commenting on this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even call me at 361-580-6504.
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