One of this year’s most notable Blu-ray releases was Carrie: Collector’s Edition. Any new iteration of Carrie is highly anticipated in the home video market, but this Scream Factory version celebrates the film’s 40th anniversary. Plus, this version is a 4K scan of the original negative, giving more pop and depth to the feature.
The film, which was the first Stephen King book to ever be adapted to the screen, also increased the star power of lead actress Sissy Spacek (who previously received notice for her work in Badlands). Brian De Palma, who was just coming off directing Obsession, took on Carrie with aplomb, visualizing every frame of the story months before production even started. What started out as the tale of an introverted teenager (Spacek) with destructive powers morphed into a box office hit.
The two-disc collection, while containing some of the previous special features from past releases, also includes new interviews with screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, editor Paul Hirsch, director of photography Mario Tosi, casting director Harriet B. Helberg, and several actors (Piper Laurie, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg). Previously released Carrie interviews with Spacek, De Palma, art director Jack Fisk (Spacek’s husband), and Amy Irving are also featured in the disc.
The most notable anecdotes, along with De Palma’s insight on how he visualized Carrie, comes from Cohen. The writer details his initial attraction to Stephen King’s story and breaks down the long and winding process it took to get Carrie to production. He also explains how the films Throne of Blood and Deliverance were heavy influences in some of Carrie’s most memorable moments.
Julianne Moore stars as religious fanatic Margaret White in Carrie, and her constricting love/hate relationship with her telekinetic powered daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) leads to its share of violent confrontations.
To effectively shoot these sequences, both actors needed to build a level of trust, especially since screaming obscenities at your colleague can have its share of intense moments. “We spent a lot of time of time messing around, goofing around,” said Moore. “Laughing. Making jokes. I hugged her a lot. I love her. She’s a great girl. She’s incredibly professional and she was very prepared.”
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Carrie was #3 last weekend at the box-office, as it made $16.1 million domestically.
Although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Chloe Grace Moretz did not want to mimic Sissy Spacek’s performance in Carrie. Spacek made an indelible mark on the audacious Brian De Palma directed original (which is based on the Stephen King bestseller of the same name). But this is not 1976, and Moretz wanted to carve out her own interpretation of the the titular character.
“Honestly, I hadn’t looked at anything with Sissy since I saw the movie when I was 11,” said Moretz who starred earlier this year in Kick Ass 2. “Because I didn’t want even subconsciously to be doing what she did. I didn’t want to do a line reading of what she did…I needed to keep it different and nuanced.”
Moretz was initially hesitant about a Carrie remake, but her confidence in the project escalated with the hiring of Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop Loss) as its director. Click on the media bar to hear the actress talk about how she got involved with Carrie.
Carrie, co-starring Julianne Moore, as Carrie’s religious fanatic mother, is now playing nationwide.
With the prodigious success behind the recent viral marketing campaign for Carrie, coordinated by the folks at Thinkmodo, the real question is whether the remake of Brian De Palma’s classic horror film lives up to the original as well as Stephen King’s bestselling novel.
The good news is Carrie is directed by Kimberly Peirce, the talented director behind Stop Loss and Boys Don’t Cry. Secondly, the script was penned by lifelong Stephen King enthusiast Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also serves as a producer and writer on Glee.
“I think what captures me is just the storytelling skills,” said Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “I always say Carrie is The Great Gatsby of horror novels. It’s absolutely perfect. Perfect set-up. Perfect characters. Perfect archetypes. It’s almost like clockwork – once it starts going, everything slots into place with a terrifying inevitability.”
To hear Carrie screenwriter Sacasa talk about the “Americana” feel behind Stephen King’s work, click on the media bar:
Carrie, headlined by Chloe Grace Mortez, opens nationwide October 18. If you’re not one of the 16 million YouTube addicts who have checked out “A Telekinetic Surprise in a Coffee Shop,” it’s featured below.
Julianne Moore received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, and today she briefly commented on the honor.
“It was great,” said Moore, who will next be seen with Chloe Grace Moretz in Carrie. “It was fantastic and it was so wonderful that my kids were old enough to share it with me too. My husband (director Bart Freundlich) was there, so it was a really, really great day.”
Along with her role in Carrie,Moore is also featured in Joseph Gordon Levitt’s feature Don John. Levitt, as well as Jay Roach (Moore’s director for the Sarah Palin drama Game Change), also attended the ceremony.
Aside from her obvious talent, Moore’s success also lies in her innate kindness, a quality that’s appreciated by Moretz.
“She’s not only a brilliant actress and the sweetest person,” says Chloe Grace Moretz, who also describes Moore as a friend and mentor. “She’s a joy to have on set. She brings such brilliant and nuanced ideas to the table and she’s collaborative without being forceful. She conducts herself like a star.”
Carrie, director Kimberly Peirce’s first feature length film since the 2008 feature Stop-Loss, opens October 18.
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