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‘Carrie’ trailer: Chloe Grace Moretz channels her inner fire-starter

“Evil Dead” isn’t the only high-profile horror remake in the spotlight this weekend.

A new trailer for “Carrie,” Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 Stephen King adaptation, has debuted, and the clip seems designed to detail the saga of the telekinetic teen who suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her deranged mother for viewers who might only have a passing familiarity with the original tale.

We see Carrie White, here played by Chloe Grace Moretz, in high school, an outsider the subject of a great deal of torment, and we see her at home, where her overbearing mother (Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore) sometimes locks her in a closet to pray for forgiveness for her sins. And of course, there’s the reveal of the narrative’s central story line — the plot by a group of popular kids to humiliate Carrie by crowning her prom queen only to play a gruesome trick on her at her happiest moment, a plot that doesn’t end too well for Carrie or for anyone else at the dance.

“Carrie” is the first feature from director Peirce since 2008′s “Stop-Loss,” though the filmmaker might perhaps remain best known for her breakthrough indie “Boys Don’t Cry.” The real-life tale of transgender teen Brandon Teena, the drama starred actress Hilary Swank in an Oscar-winning turn.

Peirce should bring an interesting perspective to “Carrie” — she seems a solid choice to unpack the complicated power dynamics of the mother/daughter conflict central to the story, especially with Moore playing Margaret White, the role originated on screen by Piper Laurie in De Palma’s film. (She and “Carrie” star Sissy Spacek each received an Academy Award nomination for their work.)

Moretz hasn’t yet managed an Oscar nomination, but she is building quite the reputation thanks to a wide range of roles, including more genre-centric turns. The young actress made a winning Hit-Girl in the comic-book action romp “Kick-Ass” and brought a cool sensitivity to Matt Reeves’ underrated vampire remake “Let Me In,” a retelling of the Swedish movie “Let the Right One In.”

“Carrie” opens in theaters Oct. 18.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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