Lacklustre remake lacks the true horror factor

Chloe Moretz as Carrie White and Julianne Moore as Margaret White.
Chloe Moretz as Carrie White and Julianne Moore as Margaret White.

Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a shrinking violet, who has been sheltered from the harsh realities of the world by her religiously zealous mother, Margaret (Julianne Moore).

One afternoon after swimming class, Carrie gets her first period and classmates including Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde) and Chris Hargensen (Portia Doubleday) cruelly turn on Carrie in the shower, recording the young woman’s distress on their smartphones.

While Sue subsequently feels pangs of guilt for her actions, Chris is unrepentant and is expelled by sympathetic gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer).

The uncaring vixen then plots spectacular revenge on Carrie with the help of bad boy beau, Billy Nolan (Alex Russell).

Meanwhile, Sue plans to atone for her sins by foregoing the forthcoming prom so that her boyfriend, Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), can take Carrie instead.

Distinguished by committed performances from Moretz and Moore, ‘Carrie’ is a lacklustre remake that resembles its predecessor too closely to justify an exhumation more than 25 years after Brian De Palma’s gripping entry.

Pacing is sluggish and the climactic bloodbath fails to quicken the pulse.

Working within the confines of Lawrence D Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s script that slavishly follows Stephen King’s text, award-winning feminist director Kimberly Peirce is powerless to embellish the narrative with her own insights or brio.

All that distinguishes the two incarnations is the inclusion of video sharing as a means of bullying the titular character and a miasma of digital effects in the pivotal prom night sequence.

‘Carrie’ (Cert 15, 100 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Horror/Thriller/Romance, also available to buy DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £27.99)

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Judy Greer, Barry Henley.

Also released this week, ‘Frozen’ featuring the voices of: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Santino Fontana, Ciaran Hinds, Maurice LaMarche; ‘Homefront’ starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Izabela Vidovic, Kate Bosworth, Marcus Hester, Winona Ryder, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller.