Poor, unfortunate 2013 CARRIE. Under other circumstances, we’d be able to look kindly on this new adaptation of the Stephen King novel, celebrating it as a wholly serviceable, decently scary entry for an author who hasn’t frequently enough been dealt a fair hand when his works have been brought to the screen. Only one, little thing stands in the way: 1976 CARRIE, Brian De Palma’s masterful adaptation that managed to rewrite the rules of horror film and scare the crap out of audiences who could hardly believe what hit ’em. Placed against that cinema classic, this new version, directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, begins to look a lot like its title character: a little wan, rather awkward, and certainly not the type you’d willingly ask to the prom.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get together to analyze the monumental challenge director Peirce faced in re-envisioning the original, and whether her more grounded approach ever stood a chance. Then, Dan delivers his capsule takes on the unusual, shot-at-Disney-parks horror film ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW, and the psychic slasher film CASSADAGA, and the gang discusses a listener comment that offers a new perspective on GRAVITY. Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week.