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Carrie Domestic One-sheet.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kimberly Peirce
Produced by Kevin Misher
Screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Based on

by Stephen King

Carrie (1976 film)
Starring Chloë Grace Moretz
Judy Greer
Portia Doubleday
Alex Russell
Gabriella Wilde
Julianne Moore
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Steve Yedlin
Edited by Lee Percy
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) (Arclight Hollywood)
  • October 18, 2013 (2013-10-18) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $85 million[3]

Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film, directed by Kimberly Peirce, and is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name. The film was produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the titular character Carrie White, alongside Julianne Moore as Margaret White. The cast also features Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort and Alex Russell. The film is a modern re-imagining of King's novel about a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who uses her telekinetic powers with devastating effect after being a victim of a cruel prank at her senior prom.

The film held its world premiere at the Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles on October 7, 2013 and was released in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems on October 18, 2013. The film received mixed reviews, with critics calling it "unnecessary", criticizing the lack of originality and scares, though praised the modern updates and cast, whilst Moretz' performance was divisive.[4] The film grossed $85 million worldwide at the box office.


Alone in her home, Margaret White, a disturbed religious fanatic, gives birth to a baby girl, intending to kill the infant but changes her mind. Years later, her daughter Carrie, a shy, unassertive girl, nears her graduation from Ewen High School in Maine.

While showering after gym class at school, Carrie experiences her first menstrual period, then naively thinks she is bleeding to death. The other girls ridicule her, and longtime bully Chris Hargensen records the event on her smartphone and uploads it to YouTube. Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher, comforts Carrie and sends her home with Margaret, who believes menstruation is a sin. Margaret demands that Carrie abstain from showering with the others. When Carrie refuses, Margaret hits her with a Bible and locks her in her "prayer closet." As Carrie screams to be let out, a crack appears on the door, and the crucifix in the closet begins to bleed. Miss Desjardin informs the girls who teased Carrie that they will endure boot camp-style detention for their behavior. Chris, however, refuses, causing her to be suspended from school and banned from the prom after denying the allegation on the incident and refusing to give up her smartphone, thinking that the explicit video of Carrie is in there. Chris storms out, vowing revenge.

Carrie learns that she has telekinesis, the ability to move things with her mind. She researches her abilities, learning to harness them. Sue Snell regrets teasing Carrie in the shower room and attempts to make amends by asking her boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the prom. Carrie accepts Tommy's invitation, and after school, goes into the town and buys red velvet fabric, and makes a dress at home. When she tells her mother, Margaret forbids Carrie to attend. Asking her mother to relent, Carrie manifests her telekinesis. Margaret believes this power comes from the Devil and is proof that Carrie has been corrupted by sin.

Chris, her boyfriend Billy Nolan, and his friends plan revenge on Carrie. They kill a pig and drain its blood into a bucket. Margaret tries to prevent Carrie from going to the prom, but Carrie locks her mother in the closet using her telekinetic powers. At the prom, Carrie is nervous and shy, but Tommy kindly puts her at ease. As part of Chris and Billy's plan, Chris' friend, Tina Blake, slips fake ballots into the voting box, which name Carrie and Tommy prom queen and king. At home, Sue receives a text from Chris taunting her about her revenge on Carrie. Sue drives to the prom, arriving just as Carrie and Tommy are about to be crowned. Sue sees the bucket of pig's blood dangling above Carrie, but before she can warn anyone Miss Desjardin hustles her out, suspecting that Sue is planning to humiliate Carrie.

Chris dumps the bucket of pig's blood onto Carrie and Tommy. Chris's shower video appears on large screens above the stage, inciting laughter from some in the audience, until the bucket falls onto Tommy's head, killing him. Enraged, Carrie takes her revenge with her telekinesis, killing nearly all of the students and staff, but spares Desjardin. A fire breaks out and, as the school burns to the ground, Carrie walks away, leaving a trail of fire and destruction in her wake. Chris and Billy attempt to flee in Billy's car. Chris urges Billy to run Carrie over, but Carrie flips the car into a gas station, setting it on fire, and killing them.

Carrie arrives home and takes a bath to clean off all the blood from her and changes into her night gown. Margaret approaches her and Carrie hugs her tearfully telling her about the audience laughing at her but not the massacre. Carrie and Margaret embrace. Margaret tells Carrie about the night of Carrie's conception. After having shared a bed platonically with her husband, they yielded to temptation one night and, after praying for strength, Carrie's father "took" Margaret, who enjoyed the experience. After the talk, they hug again but Margaret, who was hiding a knife during that, stabs her in the back with it non-fatally and Carrie's telekinesis pushes each other back leaving Carrie tumbling down the stairs Margaret walks up to her and tells Carrie that it's not Carries fault its Margaret's, that the devil keeps on coming back, and that she has to keep killing it, and attempts to kill Carrie and starts attacking Carrie who attempts to flee and ends up killing her with several sharp tools. She becomes hysterical and makes stones rain from the sky to crush the house. When Sue arrives, a furious Carrie grabs her with her powers, but senses something inside Sue, and tells her that she is pregnant with a baby girl, which leaves Sue shocked by Carrie's last words. Carrie protects Sue and throws her out of the house to safety as the house collapses and sinks into the floor and apparently kills Carrie as well.

After giving her testimony in court regarding the prom incident, Sue visits Carrie and Margaret's grave vandalized "CARRIE WHITE BURNS IN HELL" and places white roses by the headstone. As she leaves, the gravestone begins to break and Carrie's angry scream is heard.

Alternate Ending

Sue goes to Carrie and Margaret's tombstone vandalized "CARRIE WHITE BURNS IN HELL" and places white roses next to it. Sue suddenly feels pain from her pregnancy as in the baby's coming out. Later on she is soon in the hospital about to give birth. After one last push, there is a moment of silence as she pulls up her shirt to see the baby. Suddenly, a bloodied hand bursts from her vangina and grabs Sue by the arm. Sue screams as her mother comforts her telling her to wake up and that her nightmare is over, revealing that what happened in the hospital and tombstone flowers was a dream. Sue continues to scream as she still sees the hand and a hidden photo of Carrie still soaked in pig's blood holding a bloodied baby. As Sue continues to scream while her mother is still there, we also see Sue's baby still inside her stomach and a backup crib in her room for the day it comes out.



In May 2011, representatives from MGM and Screen Gems announced that the two companies were producing a film remake of Carrie. The two studios hired Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to write a screenplay that delivers "a more faithful adaption" of King's novel—Aguirre-Sacasa previously adapted King's work The Stand into a comic book in 2008.[5] Reshoots were ordered, as the screenplay was re-written by Lawrence D. Cohen, who also wrote the original film.

Upon hearing of the new adaptation, King remarked, "The real question is why, when the original was so good?" He also suggested Lindsay Lohan for the main role and stated that "it [the film] would certainly be fun to cast".[6] Actress Sissy Spacek, who played Carrie in the 1976 adaptation, expressed an opinion on the choice of Lohan for the character of Carrie White, stating that she "was like, 'Oh my God, she's really a beautiful girl' and so I was very flattered that they were casting someone to look like me instead of the real Carrie described in the book. It's gonna be real interesting."[7] In March 2012, the role of Carrie White was offered to Chloë Grace Moretz,[8] who accepted the role.[9]

Kimberly Peirce directed the film,[10] while Moore starred as Margaret White and Gabriella Wilde played Sue Snell.[11] Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort are also members of the main cast,[12] and Judy Greer played the gym teacher Miss Desjardin.[13]

Principal photography began on June 27, 2012 and wrapped on August of that same year.


The original release date was March 15, 2013,[14] but in early January 2013 the release date was moved to October 18, 2013.[15][16]

Sony held a "First Look" event at the New York Comic Con on October 13, 2013 that allowed attendees to view the film prior to the release date. The event was followed by a panel session with several members of the cast and crew.[17]

Trailers for the film included a phone number that offered promotions to the caller, as well as a recording of a simulated encounter with characters from the film.[18]

Home video

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 14, 2014. The Blu-ray features an alternate opening and ending and nine deleted scenes.

In the alternate opening, a young Carrie has a discussion with her teenage neighbor, who is sun-bathing, over the fact that Margaret believes that women with breasts are sinful. Margaret catches them in the conversation and believes that the neighbor is offending Carrie, not before the neighbor's mother disagrees with her. Suddenly, stones begin to rain only on the White household. Margaret, believing it is a sign from God, takes shelter inside her home with a distressed Carrie.

In the alternate ending, the cracking gravestone and the court speech are not present. Sue is in the hospital and is preparing to give birth to her baby. As she struggles to give birth, Carrie's bloody hand suddenly emerges and grabs Sue's arm. Sue screams loudly as she wakes up in her own bedroom, with her mother comforting her and telling her that her nightmare is over. A subliminal frame image of Carrie soaked in pig's blood is seen carrying Sue's baby as Sue continues to scream in her room.


Critical reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 49% approval rating with an average rating of 5.4/10 based on 168 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "It boasts a talented cast, but Kimberly Peirce's 'reimagining' of Brian De Palma's horror classic finds little new in the Stephen King novel—and feels woefully unnecessary."[19] On Metacritic, it scored a 53 out of 100 based on 34 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[20]

Kevin C. Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the film a favorable review, saying, "Long before the blood starts spilling, it's clear the new team has mostly nailed it. The reboot is as good a Carrie remake as possible, though it's not truly a scary movie; the film takes its time living up to its R rating."[21] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle also gave the film a favorable review, remarking: "In a way, the new Carrie is almost too easy to enjoy. Everything discordant and all the nagging weirdness and strange feelings surrounding the original have been smoothed down, and what we're left with is a well-made, highly satisfying and not particularly deep high school revenge movie."[22] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film a positive review, stating: "The acting's strong; in addition to Moretz and Moore, Judy Greer is a welcome presence in the Betty Buckley role of the sympathetic gym instructor. But something's missing from this well-made venture. What's there is more than respectable, while staying this side of surprising."[23] Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave it three out of five stars, saying, "With the exception of some appearances by social media, 'Carrie' doesn't try to hip up King's basic, often slow story. And while De Palma's version is fondly recalled as a high-blood-mark of the 1970s, this new take seems to linger a bit more on the bugaboos of overparenting and bullying while underplaying Mama's fanaticism. Peirce only glancingly lets her heroine have a mild discovery-of-powers moment that feels 'X-Men'-ish."[24] In a positive review on Roger Ebert's website, Matt Zoller Seitz awarded the film three out of four stars, praising the portrayal of Carrie and Margaret's relationship and the feelings of sympathy Carrie manages to evoke, although he criticizes the representation of Chris as "exaggeratedly evil". Seitz ultimately concludes by stating: "The first Carrie was horror. This is tragedy."[25] A. A. Dowd of The A.V. Club gave the film a C- rating, criticizing Moretz's Carrie as "too adjusted, coming across less like the 'very peculiar girl' King described in his novel and more like the stealth babe of some nottie-to-hottie teen romance." Dowd lamented on the film as a whole, "It's a strange thing to say about a movie so obsessed with the red stuff, but this Carrie is bloodless."[26]

Box office

Sony estimated the revenue for the opening weekend of Carrie as between $16 million and $18 million, while others estimated a bigger margin of $24 million to $28 million due to the Halloween season. However, the final takings totaled $16,101,552 and the film was ranked at number 3 behind Gravity and Captain Philips, both of which were in their second and third weeks, respectively. By the end of the week, the film managed to gross $20,121,355.[27] In week two, the film slipped 62.8% to sixth place with $5,900,000 and 43.2% to ninth place in its third week with $3,400,000.[28][29][30]

At the end of its run, the film has grossed $35,266,619 in North America and $49,524,059 in other countries for a worldwide gross of $84,790,678. It is the 67th highest-grossing film of 2013 in the United States.[31]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2013 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Sequel or Remake That Shouldn't Have Been Made Carrie (tied with Oz the Great and Powerful) Won
Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Julianne Moore Nominated
Best Special Effects Carrie Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Hall of Shame Carrie Won
2014 People's Choice Awards[32] Favorite Horror Movie Carrie Won
Saturn Awards[33] Best Horror Film Carrie Nominated
Best Young Actor/Actress Chloë Grace Moretz Won
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actress Julianne Moore 3rd place
Dorian Awards Campy Flick of the Year Carrie Nominated
Jupiter Awards Best International Actress Chloë Grace Moretz Nominated
Joey Awards International (Non-Canadian) Actress Feature Film/Made for Television or Straight to Video Feature that was filmed in Canada Chloë Grace Moretz Won
World Soundtrack Awards Film Composer of the Year Marco Beltrami Nominated


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