Hot Sheet: Really Scary Mommies
BY Advocate.com Editors
October 18 2013 1:53 PM ET
2. FILM: Carrie
Stephen King’s original manuscript for Carrie was rejected 30 times before he gave up and canned it. His wife, Tabitha, saw such potential in the story of a bullied and sheltered teen with telekinetic powers that she fished it out of the trash, and eventually, in 1974, it became King’s first published book. Many agreed that the novel clearly reflected the struggle between feminists and antifeminists in the 1970s as well as the contemporary male concern with women’s rising power, and though director Brian De Palma’s male gaze produced some unexpected slo-mo locker room scenes, his 1976 film version was still a pretty forward-thinking flick. Now lesbian filmmaker Kimberly Peirce (of Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss fame) has remade the horror classic 40 years after women’s lib inspired King. Under Peirce’s lesbian lens, it’s still the girls that root Carrie, which comes out today, including Julianne Moore as Carrie’s Christian fundamentalist mother, Margaret, and Chloë Grace Moretz as the title character. “A teen playing a teen,” Peirce says, adding, “The central character is a woman, the central relationships are between women — between a mother and a daughter and between a girl and all these other girls.” And yes, there’s still a hell of a lot of blood. — Diane Anderson-Minshall
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