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“Carrie”: The cast and director talk blood, telekinesis and growing up

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“Carrie” will be more than just a prom gone horribly, horribly wrong, promises its stars and filmmakers. Kimberly Peirce’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel –recently pushed back to October 18 — will encompass more from the book than the Brian De Palma version — more destruction of the whole town, more telekinesis, and of course, more blood.

Peirce estimated that they used approximately 1000 gallons of fake blood during production. “We had so many different types of blood!” enthused Chloë Grace Moretz. “Each day was something else: the wet blood, the fire blood, the dry blood. The blood became part of who you are, and I just got used to going home every night covered in blood.”

The blood starts flowing, as you might recall, when Carrie gets her first menstrual cycle, but because she’s grown up with a religious fanatic for a mother, she thinks it means her damnation. Her gym teacher, Miss Desjardin (who is played by Judy Greer), sets her straight. “Carrie realizes, ‘Oh my God, I can be like this woman, who is secure and doesn’t think she’s going to hell just because she got her period,'” Moretz said. “And then she goes home and tries to tell her mother that it’s a natural progression. ‘I know what I’ve been told, but…'”

Margaret White, however, doesn’t want to hear it. This is a woman, as Julianne Moore pointed out, who started off in one religious sect, and when that wasn’t strict enough, “peeled off and formed her own church, which her husband.” Isolated from society, she didn’t understand her own period, which she thought was brought on by sexual sin, let alone her pregnancy — “she thought she had cancer, and delivered the baby by herself,” Moore said.

“All of this was so startling to learn and understand, so upsetting, and so rich in terms of characterization,” Moore said. “It helps you understand how important her relationship to this child is, how completely wrapped up in her she is. So the key is her isolation, and her psychosis, because she’s maybe had several psychotic breaks, and the moment she senses Carrie is moving away from her, she wants to ‘protect’ her. She only sees danger out there for Carrie.”

Moretz said Carrie has her first awakening when she realizes that her mother’s teachings might be wrong, and she has her second awakening when she realizes she has the power to move things with her mind.

“If you look at it from a telekinetic point of view, I don’t think that was used as much in the first film as in our film,” Moretz said. “Other people might be like, ‘Oh, that’s her downfall,’ or you can argue with it, because it’s not logical — ‘Huh, I just moved you’ — right? But here it’s like, ‘Wow, this might be who I am.’ It’s more of a sense of her becoming something. When she’s overly happy, it comes out. When she’s angry, it comes out. It takes her strongest emotion and multiplies it by a hundred, and her whole body tenses up and things move with her. When she’s alone and in her own mind, she can thrive, and you smile.”

Well, until she starts killing people with her mind, that is. Besides blowing up at the prom (just because of a little pig’s blood prank!) and then committing matricide, Carrie sets her entire neighborhood on fire, destroying the fire hydrants as well so no one can put out the fires. “You can’t do that in a PG-13 universe,” producer Kevin Misher said. “I think the only tone that can do this justice is R.”

Misher also said “the thing to remember” about “Carrie” is that it’s a metaphor for a young girl’s coming-of-age, calling it “almost like the first ‘Twilight’ or ‘Hunger Games.'” “It was a phenomenon of a book about teens and processing angst in a supernatural way,” he said.

“You’ve got a girl who’s trying to grow up, and a mother who’s trying to keep her from growing up,” Peirce said. “So beyond all the supernatural, what I found was really interesting is the journey that all girls on.”

Peirce said she amplified the interactions between Carrie and the girls at school — especially Chris, who abuses Carrie the most — but also kept the interactions “completely casual” for a sense of normalcy. “In terms of modernity, the way kids communicate, with social networking, with texting, with making videos everywhere they go on their cell phones, that part is different.”

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.