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Alright, that headline might seem tacky, but the Carrie remake directed by Kimberly Peirce looks legitimately amazing—and incredibly thoughtful—so I’m glad I got your attention.
Hitting theaters October 18, the new Carrie stars ass-kicking and gay-loving Chloë Grace Moretz in a story as old as time: Girl is abused by Jesus-freak mom. Girl discovers she has psychokinetic powers. Girl slaughters entire hometown.
You know, standard stuff.
In a recent interview with Out magazine, director Pierce (who also helmed the very queer Oscar winner Boys Don’t Cry) discusses the intelligent philosophy behind her new interpretation:
“I think Margaret and Carrie’s relationship is very queer … Carrie is topped by the mother for the first half of the film, beaten down, dominated. The mother won’t even let her get a word in edgewise. After Carrie has reached her zenith of power [at the school dance], she comes home and she wants to turn back into the child, wants to go back to, ‘Mother, I will pray.’ Of course the mother lets her. But then the mother tries to kill her and the powers protect Carrie. So you have this phenomenal arc of the bottom becoming the top, wanting to be the bottom again — but it’s too late.”
Interestingly, Pierce sees a lot of queerness in the original Stephen King novel, to which her film will stay much truer than Brian De Palma’s still-beloved version. And not only in Carrie’s relationship to her mother:
“The relationship between all the girls is incredibly queer. The way the girls are screwing their boyfriends to get them to either hurt or help Carrie—that’s a complete triangle of desire.”
“I lived in a completely queer bubble,” Peirce says. “I don’t think I faced sexism. I don’t think I faced homophobia … In the Boys Don’t Cry time, I was asked a lot, ‘What’s it like to be a woman in Hollywood? Isn’t it really hard to get work?’ Naively, I said, ‘Not at all. Nobody notices that I’m a girl.”
As if I wasn’t going to see it after those amazing blood-drenched trailer and promo posters, this interview most certainly has me scrambling to Fandango to pre-order my tickets for opening night.
Carrie opens October 17 nationwide