When I spoke to Kimberly Peirce on October 10, 2013 about her re-imagining of Stephen King's CARRIE, it was the day after another film near and dear to her heart, MATTHEW SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE, had screened in Los Angeles. Unable to attend the screening due to her CARRIE junket, Peirce had recorded an introduction to the documentary about the young gay man who had been brutally murdered in Laramie, WY fifteen years before. Before I came to the end of our conversation, I asked her about that, but first there was the matter of CARRIE, a subject on which the director of BOYS DON'T CRY and STOP/LOSS was eloquent, passionate, and keenly insightful.
Peirce went back to the novel and came away with fresh take on the girl whose entrance into womanhood offers her a supernatural way to deal with both the bullies who torment her at school, and the fanatically religious mother who torments her at home. The discussion included the way Carrie's mother, played by the brilliant Juilanne Moore, torments out of a pure, if misguided, love, as well as the power of blood, the temptation of special effects, and why this story of a high school misfit who dreams of a normal life still resonates so strongly after 40 years.