Look, I’m not a remake hater; I think it’s great when talented filmmakers give new and unique spins to classic genre gems of past decades. While I’ll call out a bad film when I see it, I generally give remakes and reboots the benefit of the doubt—at least until I’ve seen them. In general, I seem to be more forgiving of remakes than your average horror purist; I even enjoyed 2013’s Carrie (directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloë Grace Moretz & Julianne Moore), even though it was nowhere near as good at Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal novel.
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That being said, an unused, alternate ending for 2013’s Carrie is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in my life. True, the director & producers were wise enough to keep this version out of the final product, but the fact that this idea was floated in the first place (and actually filmed) boggles my mind! It’s clearly an attempt to put a twist on the epic final jump-scare from 1976’s Carrie, but to say it simply fails is an understatement.
When Sue Snell (played by Gabriella Wilde) reaches down to put flowers on Carrie White’s grave, we fully expect a bloody hand to come bursting up from the dirt to grab her. What we get instead is a flash-forward where it appears the ghost of Carrie has possessed Sue’s unborn child. The scene culminates with Sue going into labor before Carrie’s arm bursts out of her vagina. Think I’m joking? See for yourself!
Compare this to the original ending of Carrie in 1976 and ask yourself: “What the hell were they thinking?”
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