Carrie (2013)

The 2013 version of “Carrie” doesn’t really iterate on the story in any meaningful way. Even Bryan Fuller’s dismal 2002 adaptation iterated on De Palma’s excellent 1976 adaptation by including the asides and cutaways that Stephen King’s original novel was all too full of. The closest this version comes to iteration is a few token…

Carrie (2002)

A very early effort from Bryan Fuller, the 2002 version of “Carrie” was a backdoor pilot intended to begin a television series centred around Carrie, the horror icon from Stephen King’s original novel and Brian De Palma’s excellent 1976 adaptation. This version of “Carrie” is much, much more faithful to the book than the 1976…

Carrie (1976)

Brian De Palma does great work in adapting Stephen King’s novel, making it a lot leaner and more stylish. Gone are the endless asides and breaks in the narrative to reflect on the climax before it ever happened. Instead, De Palma focuses on building up the characters, giving the film a nice unclouded simplicity. De…

Carrie (1974) by Stephen King

A classic Stephen King story – suburban horror, a child with magic powers, childhood bullies, evil fanatics, sociological explanations of the magic at the end, Maine. When the novel works, it works quite well indeed, usually in the actual core Carrie segments featuring her bullying, terrible family life, or latent magic. When the novel doesn’t…

Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)

“Dead Like Me” returns, hellbent on inflicting as much exposition on viewers as possible. [There are no spoilers in this review beyond the premise.] A TV movie follow-up to the series, five years after the second season was broadcast, for the most part it works fairly well for what it is. It didn’t lead to…

Dead Like Me: Season 2 (2004)

The second season of “Dead Like Me” doubles down on the aspects of the first season I disliked. [This review doesn’t discuss any large plot specifics of the season.] There are more soap opera style segments with George’s family untethered to any of the main concepts or characters of the show, more lore retcons eroding…

Dead Like Me: Season 1 (2003)

“Dead Like Me” is the first television show Bryan Fuller – who’d later showrun “Hannibal” and “American Gods”, among other shows – showran. I’m so taken by his very specific and unique style in “Hannibal” and “American Gods”, and I’ve heard there are running themes throughout most of his work, that I’m watching his earlier…