Just out of curiosity, we watched both Carrie movies, back to back. The first one has stood the test of time pretty well actually; Sissy Spacek is completely lovely and sympathetic and sweet, her mom is a nutter of the nth degree, and Nancy Allen as the bully is a complete cow.


In comparison, the new Carrie – in spite of Julianne Moore’s mom getting a little more backstory – feels a bit unnecessary. Until you get to the Prom scene at the end, that is, when modern FX and the impressive Chloe Moretz both move into an upper gear that is both satisfying and spooky. Carrie 2 filmed in Toronto, but that’s sort of irrelevant.