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    Here's the full theatrical trailer for the remake of 'Carrie.' It's directed by Kimberly Peirce ('Boys Don't Cry') and stars Chloe Moretz as the title character and Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother Margaret White.

    'Carrie' was the first published book by author Stephen King, and Brian De Palma's 1976 film received both financial success and high critical acclaim upon release (e.g. unlike his negative feelings towards Stanley Kubrick's adaption of 'The Shining,' King has stated that he likes De Palma's film better than his book). For their performances in 'Carrie,' Sissy Spacek was nominated for best actress & Piper Laurie for best supporting actress, which was (and still is) highly unusual for the Academy to nominate acting in a horror film.

    This new iteration of the story is reported to be less of a remake of De Palma's film and more of an adaptation of the King book. The new angle added into the story is the use of found-footage elements and interviews to convey the book's framing, which comes at the tale from the perspective of trying to piece together what happened after the fact.

    From io9: "Carrie director Kimberly Peirce tells us why tampons are still terrifying"

    In the book On Writing Stephen King said that he was inspired to write Carrie (especially the shower scene) after seeing tampons in the girl's shower room while he was working as a janitor in a school. It always struck me as a man being horrified by women. What is your interpretation of that and do you thread it through your retelling of Carrie?

    Kimberly Peirce: It's interesting I think when he brought up the idea of seeing tampons in a shower and being disgusted by it, that is a wonderful starting point for a horror film. And for a bizarre film. How many movies would actually show a tampon? How many movies would show a female menstruating? So that's already an awkward grey zone. King's paranoia and King's fear is what makes this movie great. So let's just say, we accept that. Also look at when Brian was making his movie in the 70s it was Women's Lib. Female power was scary, I don't think men, I don't think people knew where it was going.

    Now what does it mean to come in and say, OK menstrual blood, the tampon, the period, that might be a bit scary. It's probably as scary as it ever was, right? There's actually a moment in our movie that I'm really excited about. It's the locker room scene when those girls throw the tampons at her. In the book she's saying "I'm bleeding to death, I'm dying." She really believes that. And those girls they see somebody with blood on them, and they think she's hurt. But then they realize she's having a period. And that's when they turn on her. That's why they laugh. The one girl holds up her hands and says, "Blah you got your period on me!" And that's why they can discount her — "You're not bleeding to death, you're getting your period." There was something so wonderful about the idea, even as a woman, if another woman got her period blood on me. Ah. And that's not to say that I think periods are gross. I don't want to be misogynist. But period blood is awkward. I think it was really fun to say lets embrace the awkwardness, and the horror, and the weirdness of this thing that maybe back then meant something to those guys. But still it's an awkward, strange thing that women go through and we brought it through the movie.

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