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Bloody Good Fun

The Official Trailer for the Carrie Reboot

I could have put in a warning about how this gives away the end of the movie, but then I remembered that the original movie is thirty-seven years old and is based on a novel that’s going on forty. There’s a statute of limitations on this kind of thing.

(via Sigrid Ellis.)

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  • Rick Bman

    Even if the original is 37 years old, giving away the whole story of a movie you want people to see kind of sucks. This does look good, not sure it will get out of the shadow of the original though.

  • Wayne Anthony Feeney

    I didn’t think the original was that good. This looks like it’ll be much better.

  • N J Mix

    This is what, the third remake/reboot of this story? Sigh.

    Just based on the preview, the leads actors look great but the writing and additional explanation of her powers doesn’t make it as terrifying. My memory is rusty but I don’t recall King expounding so much on her power.

  • Rick Bman

    I’m hearing that from a few people. I am a huge fan of the original. I think it is amazingly well directed. The scene where Carrie attacks everyone at the prom was shot brilliantly. Maybe the film isn’t as universally loved as I thought it was. I do think this one looks good and they have an impeccable cast. I just think the original is freaking amazing. There is room for both films though.

  • Vintango

    There are probably a ton of teens out there who haven’t seen or even heard of the original and would have been surprised by the ending…giving all that away completely removes the tension. I just saw the original for the first time recently, and even though I had seen pictures of the iconic prom scene, the rest of the plot was a mystery to me. The movie managed to catch me off guard several times…but if I had seen a trailer like this giving away all those moments, it wouldn’t have been as interesting.

    I completely avoid trailers before seeing a movie, but I do watch them afterwards, because I’m always curious if they show spoiler filled scenes from the ending. 100% of them do. Seriously, try to find a modern trailer that doesn’t spoil at least one major moment.

  • Anonymous

    The original is a classic in many ways. The director and cast were perfect.
    That said, it’s dated in a lot of ways.
    The director and cast for the remake actually look pretty top-notch. If you had to remake Carrie, giving to this cast and crew is probably the best possible outcome. I find I’m not nearly as unhappy as I usual am about remakes. (and I am usually VERY unhappy about remakes)
    In fact, watching the trailer, I just might go see this in theaters.

  • Robert

    Forget about the trailer in 2013. Over 20 years ago, the poster for the Broadway musical was Carrie covered in pig blood at the prom. I think it’s well known enough at this point that you can get away with marketing on the sensationalism of the last act rather than the sharp social critique and beautiful suspense of the overriding narrative.

  • Anonymous

    The 2013 trailer is exactly as revealing as the original 1976 trailer. It’s almost line by line and shot for shot. (

    From the 1976 trailer, you would know the following: Carrie White is an unpopular, tormented girl, abused by her psychotic, religious mother, and she has telekinetic powers that she has occasionally used. She is going to prom with a popular guy in school, which is some sort of plot to hurt/humiliate her, which some lady, probably a teacher, is trying to prevent. But at the prom, Carrie will kill everyone there with her powers, involving fire and burning the gym to the ground, and her mother tries to attack her with a knife and gets injured if not killed in retaliation. If you were intuitive enough to recognize her when she talks to the students, you would also infer that the teacher gets killed in the end, too.

    And despite that, the movie was a huge success.

    The only thing it suffers from is the inalterable reality that it was so popular and iconic that more people have a full idea of the nuances of the story and imagery on top of generally knowing the plot.

  • Anonymous

    I love the original. It’s not slick, but it doesn’t need to be.

    I think the themes and the plot are more than enough to give it a visceral appeal. It’s not really so much about the horror that Carrie unleashes, it’s about the horror of what those kids do to her that pushes her over the edge. To me, the most white-knuckle moment is that girl licking her lips and jostling the rope. We sympathize with Carrie, and we know something awful is about to happen to her. The anxiety is caused by the other kids, and the horror is in how they humiliate and destroy her. I would almost view the gym scene as cathartic for the audience, to relieve the tension of what just happened. Then the whole thing with her mother happens, which is more visceral because we know that Carrie loves her mom, but her mom is mildly deranged.

    That pathos is what pushes the movie through so well, even if it’s not shock and smash cuts.

  • Anonymous

    Carrie’s 1976 trailer, however, did spoil everything. The 2013 trailer is basically a line-by-line, shot-by-shot remake of the 1976 one.

    I don’t really think the ending, that is, being SURPISED by the ending is why the movie is so popular. Audiences already have a pretty good idea of what happens from the 1976 trailer and posters: A girl with terrifying power kills everyone at prom.

    I think it’s watching the whole awful thing roll out and seeing these kids keep blindly pushing this girl until she snaps and gives them everything they deserve back in spades, and the tragedy that still follows Carrie as she harms even the people who care about her and can’t get a break even with someone who is supposed to love her. It’s the horror of knowing something awful and devastating is going to happen to this sweet, unassuming, downtrodden teenage girl and being powerless to prevent it. It’s the sympathetic horror of identifying with the victim, where her dreams are coming true, and knowing that they will be very brutally crushed.

  • Wayne Anthony Feeney

    Yes, very true. That’s what allows it to remain relevant even twenty years later when bullying and abuse is schools is possibly worse than ever.

  • Vintango

    Interesting about the 1976 trailer, I didn’t know that! That’s actually pretty neat, and now I can’t get mad at the modern trailer because I respect that they paid tribute to the original.

    Also, great observations about the film! And you’re right, the posters and packaging on the home versions of the movie give away the “ending” as well. Hmm…I stand corrected, seems like the kids of today will be getting a very similar experience to teens in the 70′s when they see this movie.

  • Wayne Anthony Feeney

    This spoilery-trailer argument can be applied to half of the movies out there these days, I think. It seems to be much worse the last year or so in terms of movies giving away major plot points or revealing imagery. Or perhaps it’s just me. It really pisses me off!

  • Danica Sheridan

    But that is NOT the end. What actually ends the movie gave me nightmares for years. And it had nothing to do with the prom. As with many things, in good film-making… Timing is everything! {shudder}

  • Ryan Colson

    It’s kinda hilarious that “hot Carrie” is so picked on, I mean at least in the first two you had sorta “toned down enough to pick on her Carrie”.
    I agree with TR, give us “fat Carrie”.

  • Ryan Colson

    My biggest problem with BdP’s Carrie was the wacky blatant 70′s “Let’s get dressed in lotsa clothes” scene. It is pretty much the least held up part of that one.

  • Anonymous

    Well, hopefully if it’s as good with the mood. I’m really psyched about this film now, though that brief smash cut of the gym seen seemed a little hokey…

  • Anonymous

    It’s kind of amazing how the shower scene looks to be pretty similar. If I recall, in the original movie, they took polaroids of her after they threw the tampons at her. In this, a cell phone is both perfectly real and just as mean (if not more so).

  • Anonymous

    I definitely think that it’s a problem, especially nowadays. There were a bunch of trailers when I was growing up that didn’t really reveal much of anything, and their job was to just get you interested. Obviously, not all trailers were like that, but, as with Carrie, I think the context of the film you’re trying to sell. If the movie relies on the surprise or not really knowing what’s going to happen, why keep spoiling it? But if the power is in the details and not the “surprise”, sure, why not?

  • Anonymous

    I remember that scene. *shudder* Plus, what it seemed to imply was pretty creepy.