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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 04.05.13] horror

Carrie, the story of a repressed girl with a terrifying power, might be Stephen King's most famous novel. It certainly set the trend for supernatural outsider teen fiction, so I'm not surprised that in the current movie climate we're seeing a new adaptation.

This latest adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a telekinetic teen while Julianne Moore plays as her oppressive religious mother. It also stars Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort and Alex Russell.

The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.

The first trailer has appeared and its a powerful one, full of great performances. As a big King fan, I must say I am interested to see how faithful this is to the book.

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