TORONTO — The movie studio behind the reboot of Carrie has come up with a frightfully good hidden camera prank it hopes will scare people into theatres on Oct. 18.
In a video that has quickly gone viral, an actress with apparent telekinetic powers seems to get revenge on a guy who spilled her coffee. After sending him flying up a wall, she appears to move tables and chairs with the power of her mind.
To complete the prank, she screams loud enough to knock books off shelves.
Horrified coffee shop patrons react in various ways — from whispering expletives to screaming.
It is not known if the shocked patrons are, in fact, actors. The studio has only said everyone appearing in the video signed releases.
The video ends with a line from Carrie. “There are other people out there like me who can do what I can do,” says Chloe Grace Moretz.
The prank was staged by Sony to promote the release of the made-in-Toronto horror flick — a remake of the 1976 classic based on Stephen King’s novel.
Uploaded to YouTube on Monday, it had been viewed more than 3 million times by early Tuesday.