The first full-length trailer for the highly anticipated retelling of the Stephen King scarefest has just hit the web. And by the looks of things, Chloë Grace Moretz has done an impressive job channeling Sissy Spacek's paranormal madness from the original 1976 film into this updated version.
Here are five scary reasons we think this Carrie remake will be a worthy horror hit like its predecessor:
1. A Normal Teen She's Not: The 16-year-old Moretz, of course, has played weird, disaffected characters before, most recently in Dark Shadows. Here, she takes on the titular character, who looks like your average, shy school girl who has little in the way of friends and finds herself terrorized by the "normal" cool kids in the girl's locker room. Too bad for them, Carrie soon discovers she's got something that will make these bullies wish they never messed with her.
2. A Messed-Up Mom:Julianne Moore offers up a creep-tastic turn as Carrie's mom who sings, spouts purported biblical quotes about God and the Devil, and worst of all, locks her troubled daughter in a closet.
3. She Can Levitate a Bed, Among Other Things: Eventually, in her misery, Carrie discovers she has an unnatural ally in the form of telekinetic powers which allow her to move all kinds of objects—and soon enough, people—with her mind. No doubt, that'll come in handy the next time those high school bullies come along!
4. Prom Night Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be: Carrie is invited to the prom by Tommy (Ansel Elgort), the athletic boyfriend of Sue (Gabriella Wilde), one of Carrie's tormentors. While Tommy genuinely likes Carrie, little do either realize that Sue has hatched a plan to prank them by rigging the election so they're named Prom King and Queen. Of course, anyone who remembers the iconic image from Brian De Palma's version (and which the trailer has no problem giving away) knows what happens next. Sue arranges for two buckets of pig's blood to be dropped over them while they're onstage.
5. You Won't Like Her When She's Angry: After being humiliated in front of the entire school, Carrie takes her wrath out on a host of people—and, from the looks of this scene—cars as well. No doubt director Kimberly Peirce, who shot to fame with her 1999 drama Boys Don't Cry, has her work cut out for her to make this one scary night. Let's hope she makes one of the better King adaptations.
Carrie was originally set to unspool on March 15 but will now hit theaters on Oct. 18, 2013—right in time for Halloween.