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Film review

Horror elements take back seat in new ‘Carrie’

Chloë Grace Moretz plays the title character and Julianne Moore is her mother, Margaret, in the remake of the horror film “Carrie.”
Photographer: Michael Gibson/Sony Pictures
Chloë Grace Moretz plays the title character and Julianne Moore is her mother, Margaret, in the remake of the horror film “Carrie.”
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When Brian De Palma adapted Stephen King’s novel “Carrie” for film in 1976, he turned the simple story of a bullied teenage girl with telekinetic powers into a dreamy pop-horror fantasia — a lush, operatic fright show that grooved on its excesses. De Palma threw everything into the movie: split screens, slow motion, cartoonish humor, shameless sentimentality, a merciless sense of justice. The film made you laugh as much as it scared you. Often, it ...

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