Kimberly Pierce’s 2013 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Carrie, engages the audience in the eerie collision of supernatural powers and religious fanaticism. One of the most prominent elements in the film, that no audience can possibly ignore, is of course the very graphic depiction of blood. Indeed, Carrie is bloody from beginning to end. Pierce rightfully emphasized it, for blood actually serves a thematic purpose as it catalyzes a coming-of-age social conflict in high school into a dramatic climax of chaotic massacre. The cosmetic work certainly deserves a special credit for the blood; so vividly present all over Carrie’s body, the blood enforces the horror of her character.

Apart from the few graphic scenes of the tragic demise of the teenage characters (and Julianne Moore’s fantastic portrayal of masochistic obsession), Carrie is more psychologically disturbing rather than visually. The protagonist herself is rather ambiguous in character. At the end of the movie we don’t really know if we should pity or despise Carrie. What is this destructive force that turns an innocent girl into a hateful devil capable of murdering every living thing that stands in her way? One may assume that Margaret’s apparent religious fanaticism serves as a justification for Carrie’s hellish supernatural powers. And despite her mass murder during prom night, Carrie is a rather sympathetic character who saves the supporters Sue and Ms. Desjardin from her deadly retribution. Chloe Moretz certainly demonstrates an interesting portrayal of the possessed girl with her truly terrifying screams.

Chloe Moretz as the title character in Carrie  (2013). 

Chloe Moretz as the title character in Carrie  (2013). 

Sound is another prominent element in the movie. Not for a single second does the audience experience complete silence. Carrie is composed of a variety of creeks, footsteps, and howling winds that enforce the eerie atmosphere of the production and add suspense to the plot. The dynamic structure of Carrie will maintain interest throughout. Carrie is a ‘must see’ Halloween horror film. Although it is not a visually terrifying spectacle, its characters and story arcs will allow one to think about more than just blood on screen.

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