This book contains 50 reviews of horror movies shot in black and white. The reviews are sorted from the last position to the first one. The ranking of each production is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting & quality. Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, emotions evoked, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.
Great balls of fire!
Aside from the fact that she can attract meteors, this is pretty much the shy, religiously oppressed and bullied teenager that you know from the original Carrie. It's a TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel and the screenplay goes a little beyond what the 1976 classic offered. The story is retold from the perspective of a girl interrogated by the police who plays a significant part in the plot.
It's used as a narrative that takes us from A to B by going through Z. Purists might hate on it, but this new take on a classic twist is what ultimately justifies the remake. The film is a deep tragedy, but it's a watered down visual rendition. It might appeal to a crowd not yet ready for true shock and horror. It chooses to be a slow-paced thriller rather than a gory scary movie.
The cast is strong but poorly directed. The film looks cheap at times but the bubbly actors keep it from getting completely stale. Everybody seems on board and most take their role seriously, though inexperience comes across. We're sticking pretty close to the original material, so we get the ending we deserve. The build-up isn't very effective; only decent, like every other aspect of the film.