I suppose not all remakes are bad (just most of them), but it’s particularly dicey to make a remake that features an iconic character.
For example, you wouldn’t make a Rocky remake without Sly Stallone. You’d be a fool to make a Chinatown remake with someone besides Jack Nicholson.
And you can’t make a remake of Brian De Palma’s horror classic Carrie remake with anyone other than Sissy Spacek.
The image of Spacek’s Carrie at the prom, her ghostly-white, tremulous, freckled face and strawberry blonde hair streaked with blood, is ingrained in our collective consciousness.
Nothing against Chloe Grace-Moretz, the smart young actress cast as Carrie in Kimberly Peirce’s remake. I happen to like her, even if I think she’s a bit too sturdy for the part. That’s besides the point. She’s never going to erase the image of Spacek’s Carrie. So why even bother?
And here’s another argument against this remake: A whole lot has changed since 1976. Today, in our post-[Name Your Unthinkable School Tragedy Here] era, the idea of a young girl, bullied at school, exacting a bloody and supernatural revenge on her classmates, has a different, more real-world resonance...