Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Carrie ... Fear the Female


I have no idea where the current Carrie will end up in the 'was this remake necessary?' debate; in all likelihood that DePalma's film was a masterpiece (TRUE) but that Pierce's version has something to say for this particular generation, about bullying, and about our response to it. Check out Angela Watercutter's piece in Wired; writing about the changing role of women in horror, she notes a crucial difference in the performances of Sissy Spacek vs Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie. In the 70's version, it was as if the power worked through Sissy Spacek's shy odd-girl-out whereas in the current iteration from Kimberly Pierce, Moretz as Carrie, harnesses that power for herself. And Moretz - or at least the character she channeled in KickAss - seems just the modern girl to do it. In case it's gone unnoticed, women are mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore. Take Amy Dunne in Gone Girl - that's the kind of pro-active female who refuses to take crap from anyone. Not that Amy is any kind of hero, - I pretty much hate her - but no one would call her the victim of a cheating spouse, would they? ... But I digress ...


King, himself was entirely aware Carrie wasn't just another horror story ...

“Carrie is largely about how women find their own channels of power, but also what men fear about women and women’s sexuality,” King wrote in Danse Macabre. “The book is, in its more adult implications, an uneasy masculine shrinking from a future of female equality.” Stephen King

The future is here boys - or would be if women ever get equal pay - and you are surrounded by strong, powerful, outspoken females forging their own futures. Frightened?


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