Let’s be honest. I’m not a fan of remaking Stephen King’s Carrie. It is one of the first horror films I saw, and even if it was a decade after the film being made, it was a classic film to me. The young people of today may or may not have seen the original. They might not even realize that there is an original. After all, how many of us who loved Bohemian Rhapsody got excited when our parents bought the Wayne’s World soundtrack? Only it wasn’t the Wayne’s World soundtrack was it? No, it was a Queen album from the late 1970’s. Back then, Bohemian Rhapsody was just a song. To later generations, it resembled a movie and actually made the song more popular. Maybe the original Carrie was just a horror movie to previous generations. But to the present generation, maybe it will bring not only screams when the hand comes out of the ground at the end of the movie, but also a message about bullying, which is so fitting today with so much coverage on the subject. In fact, as I watched the original Carrie on Netflix over the weekend, I realized that each character acts out appropriate roles that typically would take place in a real life bullying scenario.
Carrie was a good girl but had a hard life. Her mother was a crazy, manipulative religion fanatic, and everyday Carrie was bullied by everyone in school, and only one teacher befriended and encouraged her. There was a group of girls who bullied her from the beginning to the end of the movie, the ring leader being a girl named Kris. One of the group members, Sue, tried to be nice to Carrie in her own way, and although she and her boyfriend carried out their plan, they were met with scrutiny by both the teacher and Carrie at first. But in the end, Sue is the only survivor of the school fire that kills everyone except Sue and Carrie herself. The only reason Sue was able to get out of the school was because the teachers there were so eager to get her out of the building for not having a date that they refuses to listen to Sue as she warned them about Kris’s prank, the cause of Carrie to concentrate so hard that her telekinetic powers burned the school down. In fact, given today’s culture of school shootings related to bullying, watching the scene where the sprinkler chases another classmate is eerily similar to the way a school shooter would, and suddenly I was humming the tune “Pumped Up Kicks”.
Maybe many will see the new Carrie that hit the theaters on Oct. 18, 2013 and be able to see the message about bullying inside. Some, like me, will refuse to see the new Carrie in support of the Stephen King original, but we still see a message meant for today. But at the end of the day, besides enjoying a classic film, equally important is to get the message, which is the same in today’s generation that will be in futures ones. Bullying is wrong and has consequences, which unfortunately have led to death as in the most recent suicide of Rebecca Sedwick on Sept. 9, 2013 and yet another school shooting in Nevada, where bullying may or may not have been a factor. Also, one must consider that if bullying does not cease to exist, how will he react? Will he be a Kris, Sue, a school or other entity that is nothing but apathetic, or the one friend who could possibly be the most positive person around someone?