Even Stephen King, when he learned that MGM and Screen Gems had teamed up to produce a third film adaptation of his novel "Carrie," asked the obvious question: "Why, when the original was so good?" And that's coming from someone who stood to make money on the deal. But as the casting began, the project became more intriguing. Certainly it will be hard to beat the 1976 "Carrie," a supernatural teen horror flick directed by Brian De Palma in his heyday. Replete with split-screen effects and slow-motion mayhem, that one starred Sissy Spacek as the tortured high school outcast with telekinetic powers and Piper Laurie as her abusive religious-fanatic mother, and both earned Oscar nominations. Still, the latest "Carrie," which opens in theaters on October 18, seems hard to dismiss. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, it features Chloe Grace Moretz ("Dark Shadows") in the title role and the awesome Julianne Moore as Carrie's mom. The new movie is said to be more faithful to King's novel than the two that preceded it. Although that's no guarantee of greatness, you may find yourself taking Carrie to the prom — again.
— John Birmingham