Kimberly Peirce's remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie, starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz has been moved from March 15th to October 18th.
According to Variety, the move is to "better position the film for Halloween moviegoing." According to me, that's crap.
I have to speculate that they are doing reshoots or at least recutting Carrie, maybe after test screenings didn't go so well. Maybe post-production is just taking longer. Halloween is not a surprise - if the studio wanted a Halloween release date, why didn't they just set it up in October to begin with?
October 18th is an interesting date to release Carrie. That same date will see the release of the action-fantasy film The Seventh Son, which also stars Julianne Moore. Spike Lee's remake of revenge flick Oldboy opens the week prior, and Halloween mainstay Paranormal Activity 5 opens the week after. While Halloween is certainly an appropriate time to release a horror movie - even audiences who don't like scary movies will seek out something to shriek at - but it also means significantly more competition. As it stands right now, the only other movie that is set to open wide on March 15th is the broad comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell.
Taking Carrie's March 15th slot will be The Call, a "high-stakes thriller" starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.