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Carrie was recently remade, but the tone of it was all wrong. I think the story could be updated properly, and I know how I would do it while sticking close to Stephen King's source material. Unfortunately, no one asked me this time around.

I would've made the remake more graphic, from what others said it was dissapointing for an R-rated film in that it seemed to be holding back a little too much on the violence(particularly in the prom sequence). However I would've taken it upon myself to direct the 2002 made-for-TV remake, that one had potential but missed it by a mile.


I would have no problem making the film violent at the climax. This is, in fact, where Pierce messed up. Not that the prom scene isn't violent, but she tries to get us to sympathize with Carrie as she's killing all kinds of people. It doesn't work. In King's novel, Carrie kills without remorse and kills indiscriminately. There's a lot of moral ambiguity, and that's the road I would take.

I don't have a problem with her wanting us to sympathize with Carrie, I think she became too one-dimensional in the original film at the end, which was rather dissapointing to me. If I directed the film I would keep that aspect, but would hav eCarrie keep her psychic powers in check until near the end.


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I don't have a problem with her wanting us to sympathize with Carrie, I think she became too one-dimensional in the original film at the end, which was rather dissapointing to me. If I directed the film I would keep that aspect, but would hav eCarrie keep her psychic powers in check until near the end.


Have you ever read King's novel? The moral ambiguity - Carrie as both villain and victim - is one of the things that makes the story work so well. We're allowed to sympathize with Carrie early on, and when the horrific elements come crashing down, it makes the horror so much more unsettling...this knowledge that we've been sympathizing with a cold-blooded killer. This is the part the Pierce screws up; we're not supposed to relish in Carrie's vengeance or feel good about it in any way. De Palma does it a bit better, but there were a lot of elements of King's novel he was unable to incorporate due to budget limitations, so I give him a bit of a pass there.

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I don't have a problem with her wanting us to sympathize with Carrie, I think she became too one-dimensional in the original film at the end, which was rather dissapointing to me. If I directed the film I would keep that aspect, but would hav eCarrie keep her psychic powers in check until near the end.


Have you ever read King's novel? The moral ambiguity - Carrie as both villain and victim - is one of the things that makes the story work so well. We're allowed to sympathize with Carrie early on, and when the horrific elements come crashing down, it makes the horror so much more unsettling...this knowledge that we've been sympathizing with a cold-blooded killer. This is the part the Pierce screws up; we're not supposed to relish in Carrie's vengeance or feel good about it in any way. De Palma does it a bit better, but there were a lot of elements of King's novel he was unable to incorporate due to budget limitations, so I give him a bit of a pass there.

No I haven't read the novel, so I don't really care about how true the film is to the book. Personally I have no problem relishing in Carrie's vengeance and I don't think that's a "screw-up" at all, as not every film adaption has to be exactly like the book.


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