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Carrie (2002)

Cast: Rena Sofer, Rena Sofer, Patricia Clarkson, more...
Director: David Carson, David Carson
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 132 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This made-for-TV remake of the classic movie chiller Carrie is slightly more faithful to the original Stephen King novel--and slightly less profane and violent. Following in the bloody footsteps of Sissy Spacek, Angela Bettis stars as woebegone high school girl Carrie White, whose shy and awkward demeanor obscures the fact that she is "gifted" with awesome telekinetic powers. As part of a cruel and vicious student prank, Carrie's better-looking and more socially savvy classmates arrange for the hapless heroine to be elected prom queen--and one does not have to have seen the original film to know the terror that is unleashed once Carrie is crowned (in more ways than one). The climax is infinitely more "high tech" than in the 1976 film, but whether it is equally as frightening is a matter of taste; additionally, the 2002 version boasts a radically different ending, one that could very well accommodate a sequel or two...or three... Patricia Clarkson reprises the old Piper Laurie role as Carrie's abusive religious-fanatic mother. Carrie first aired November 4, 2002, on NBC. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Don't fix it if it ain't broke! by Emosjrny February 25, 2004 - 5:36 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
For some darn reason, filmmakers of late think all the good Stephen King movies need to be remade yet few if any have done any better. "Carrie" is perfect example of "if it ain't broke, don't try ta fix it". First off, director Carson, who's directed a good many television series episodes, ain't no Brian DePalma. Secondly, Bettis, who's making a career of playing freakie chicks (i.e. the movie "May") is too freakie in this movie to gain even the slightest sympathy. On the whole, the newly added detective interrogation narrative was a good touch and of course the special FX are much more bombastic (Carrie levels almost the entire town instead of just the gym in this one), but there's really nothing new or better here. Trivia buffs take note the twist ending leads one to believe that a television series spin off was being considered (like they did with "The Dead Zone") and actress Sofer is coincidentally a dead ringer for Yancy Bulter who director Carson worked with when he did an episode of "Witchblade".

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