'Carrie' Premiere: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore Bring Back a Bloody Horror Classic
"You had to love Carrie in order to even have a chance at wanting her to take revenge," director Kimberly Peirce tells THR.
Carrie is back with a vengeance.
Stars of MGM and Sony's remake celebrated the new bloody take on Stephen King's classic story at the premiere at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood on Monday.
Chloe Grace Moretz, wearing a Valentino gown, dished that rather than studying Sissy Spacek's performance in the classic film, she stuck to King's novel when preparing to portray the shy misfit Carrie. The film centers upon bullying, which Moretz feels is an issue that many teens, including herself, have experienced.
"I think that everyone has experienced bullying at some point in their lives, whether they're just someone making you feel inadequate or making you feel not skinny enough, not pretty enough, or your hair's not good enough," says Moretz.
The film fundamentally focuses on Carrie's love affair turned feud with her onscreen mother, played by Julianne Moore, who had nothing but praise for Moretz as they embraced on the red carpet.
"I love her -- she's such an amazing girl," Moore tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She's a great girl and a great actress, and we had a wonderful time together."
The mother-daughter bond was one of the most important factors for director Kimberly Peirce to show in her adaptation. She said she wanted to get as deeply inside of Stephen King's novel as possible.
"You had to love Carrie in order to even have a chance at wanting her to take revenge," says Peirce. "You had to feel that there was a sense of right and wrong and there was a sense of justice. If we could get people behind that, then the movie would work."
Peirce also shared that it was important that she nailed the infamous dump of the pig's blood on Carrie.
"The blood had to hit her, and it had to be spectacular, and you had to enjoy it," explains Peirce. "You had to enjoy somebody that you love losing everything."
Max Topplin, whose character, Jackie, helps to play the infamous prom prank on Carrie, commented that the scariest part of filming was during a related scene where they were killing the pigs. (Between takes, the cast had bacon-wrapped hot dogs to eat on set.)
The MGM and Screen Gems co-production resets the story, originally released almost 40 years ago, to touch upon the social issues of cyber bullying in order to capture the interest of the smartphone generation. Jonathan Glickman, president of motion picture group at MGM, said it was important to cast young actors and use modern technology to appeal to a fresh new audience.
"The thing that's great about Carrie is that it was based on a great first novel from Stephen King that's thematically as relevant today as it was when it was written, if not more so because of the social issues of what it means to be in high school," said Glickman. "The issues of bullying are so prevalent today in the world."
Carrie opens nationwide on October 18.