Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie is going to stay pretty true to the Stephen King book. The first ever teaser trailer for the horror remake premiered at New York Comic-Con showing one big difference from the 1976 Brian De Palma flick. This time Carrie is going after the city.
Before Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, Kimberly Peirce and producer Kevin Misher took to the stage at NYCC, they presented a short little teaser for Carrie. Here’s what we saw:
An eagle-eye shot pans over a dark city. There’s a voiceover of a man muttering about destruction and saying, “I don’t want to say it as a conspiracy, but...” The camera pans over what can only be an old high school, the whole thing is in flames. The windows are bursting with flames, but the camera doesn’t stop there; it moves forward. Fireballs of debris litter the street, and a girl speaks in a different voiceover, “Her Mother was a fanatic. I don’t know how she lived with her.” The camera zooms to street level, showing more and more destruction—the town is in flames. Finally, it stops on a girl standing in front of a bonfire in the town center. It’s Carrie. She’s covered in blood and looks completely freaked out. The End.
EDIT: Oh I forgot, someone is singing over the whole teaser. I believe it’s Julianne Moore crooning the song her character sings to Carrie in the book. But that’s not confirmed.
So, obviously, this version of the film is going to be a lot more similar to the book where the town was also destroyed on Carrie’s disastrous walk home after prom. This also explains why the recent promo shots released of Chloe show her bloody and in the streets. Girl is going to burn this city to the ground.
After the short teaser the panel began fielding questions. How involved is King with the picture? According to Kevin Misher, not really at all. Apparently King has a “hands off” policy. However, they are planning on screening the movie just for him; hopefully he won’t have any serious notes.
What was it like filming the infamous pig blood dumping scene? Moretz explained, “It was probably the most fun for about the first two weeks of it, and then after that it was sticky and wet and freezing. But it was amazing. The blood became part of who you are. I got used to coming home every night covered in blood.”
And there was so much blood. Both Peirce and Moretz noted that there was wet blood, fire blood and dry blood on set at all times. But the director explained that the infamous blood scene wasn’t as easy as it looked. They shot around 50 blood dumps and we’re not sure if that includes the trial runs. Peirce listed off the questions one must adress whilst dumping blood on a child, “Most of the time you’re going to miss. Is it going to hit her on the day? How big is scary and how big is funny?”
But the crux of the film is the relationship between Margaret and Carrie. Moore elaborated that we might get to see more of Margaret’s backstory in this movie (but didn’t delve into specifics). “The character is rooted in isolation,” Moore explains. “When she was pregnant, she thought the child was a cancer and delivered alone... The minute Carrie starts moving away from her, she begins to parent her. But it comes from a place love.” We can’t wait to see these two actresses together.
As for direct references to the first film, no one spoke when asked if the infamous split screen would be returning. Make of that what you will.
Oh also, Moretz released this bit of viral marketing. If you call this number 207-404-2604 you will get a member of the White family on the phone. So give it a jingle and you’ll be connected to either Carrie or her mother Margaret.