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Carrie (2002)

Angela Bettis , Patricia Clarkson    Unrated   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Nobody would argue with the thought that Sissy Spacek is the perfect heroine of Stephen King's scary tale of teenage telekinesis. But in a pinch, Angela Bettis, the star of this 2002 TV remake, fills Spacek's bloody shoes very well. Bettis--who expertly plays a similar role in the indie horror pic May--gets all the loner pathos of poor Carrie White, equally tormented by her cool classmates and her religious-fanatic mom (Patricia Clarkson). Her transformation from doormat to vengeful prom queen remains surefire wish fulfillment for anyone who ever felt a misfit in high school. Despite Bettis's intensity, it's difficult to justify remaking Carrie when Brian De Palma's 1976 version is enshrined as a classic of its kind (especially given the pedestrian TV-movie production values on display here). This one delivers its jolts, but when you could just as easily spend time with Spacek and De Palma, why bother? --Robert Horton

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see on Blu Ray Nov. 8 2011
Format:DVD
This remake is a good one to watch even if it is in widescreen and blu-ray high definition version. I hope they will come out with this as soon as possible because high definition television is here.
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With Stephen King's first novel, Brian dePaulma's classic, and the outrageous sequel, I really did not see this coming. But now I am glad it did.

If you don't really know much about Carrie, it is basically a story about a girl in high school who happens to get bittersweet revenge on her classmates, who are way too cruel.

It starts off showing Carrie in her gym class, being humiliated because she cannot hit a ball with a baseball bat. Later, she has her first period in the shower and everyone starts to laugh at her. Fortunately, only one student had the heart to make up for her classmate's cruelty, and sends her boyfriend off to take Carrie out to the prom. Meanwhile, Mrs. Desjardin, the gym teacher, goes very tough on all the students who had laughed about Carrie's incident and threatens to remove their prom tickets unless they attend her daily detention classes. One student, Chris, backs out and decides that she did nothing wrong, so her prom tickets are taken away. So.. she decides to get revenge on Carrie.

Meanwhile, Carrie is "stuck in hell" with her mother who takes christianity a little over the top. Spending her hours in a "prayer closet" to beg for forgiveness, she is reading teen magazines. Once she gets asked to go to the prom, Carrie fears that she will be stood up, but decides to go.

But before this happens, we learn that she has the amazing, yet terrifying power of telekinesis. She practices hew powers on a hairbrush and researches it on the internet. Her mother, however, believes Carrie is a witch and forbids her to go to the prom, because it would be a sin. So what does Carrie do? She scares the jesus out of her by throwing things around in her rage. Finally, she goes, and has the time of her life with people who seem to accept her...
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5.0 out of 5 stars genius Aug. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
IN THE ORIGNAL I HAD TO FAST FORWARD TO THE PROM SEEN CAUSE THE FILM WASNT INTERESTING.THIS ONE I LOVE IT KEPT ME INTERESTED FROM START TO FINISH.THE FILM AIRED ON TV LIKE A YEAR AND A HALF AGO OR SOMETHING.I WAS BUSY I COULDNT WATCH THE FILM HARDLY AT ALL.YESTERDAY I SAW THE FILM ON A SALE STAND AT THIS CLOTHES STORE,I HAD TO BUY IT.THE ACTING,SUSPENSE AND EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME.I SPOTTED A GIRL FROM THE HIT MOTION PICTURE FREDDY VS. JASON.AND THE GIRL WHO PLAYED CARRIE WAS IN MAY. THE MOST GORY FILM IN CINEMA HISTORY. AND A COUPLE OTHER FACES I DID SEE. ITS A MASTERPIECE.SO DO YOUR SELF A FAVER GO SEE IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but this was not a good show July 5 2004
Format:DVD
Well it was something that made her bleed
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Treat For Fans of The Original King Novel April 7 2004
Format:DVD
Though I enjoyed the original film that was made by Brian DePalma, who I always felt was a modern-day Hitchcock. I really enjoyed this new movie about Carrie. Movies have been remade since their invention. And why not? I like watching how other directors handle the source material. This new take on the novel was very good and very close to the novel except for the more upbeat ending--which I appreciated because the ending of the book always bothered me. The direction and camera work in the new Carrie is refreshing, real, and very atmospheric. The hazy light in study hall, the greenness of the institutional lights in the interview room, the shadows and light in Carrie's house, the surreal use of blue-screen backgrounds all contribute to make this film play like an odd bad dream. Angela Bettis was remarkable in her portrayal of Carrie. Many folks complained that the other characters were played all wrong--well, that is wrong! And you would know that if you read the novel. Far more improved on the original was the relationship between Chris and Billy. The acting in this movie is excellent and the young cast is very talented. Being a miniseries, there was more time to flesh out characters and actually do the some of the scenes that DePalma wanted to do back in the 70's but couldn't do to time constrants and hasseling from the studio. I bought this DVD and I have it next to the DePalma movie on the shelf. My only complaint is that there were no extra features other than ads for upcoming movies. I even liked the music.
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This is in response to some of the previous reviews for this film. One should realize that this is an adaptation of Stephen King's original novel. It is not a remake of Brian de Palma's 1976 movie. If you read the novel and then compare with this telefilm you will find that it is one of the most faithful transfers from book to film. Just wanted to wake some people. Also, Angela Bettis's performance doesn't surpass Sissy Spacek's but it isn't any less in my humble opinion, kudos to her portrayal of Carrie and to the rest of the cast and crew. A truly accurate portrayal of high school life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One time viewing recommended March 10 2004
Format:DVD
This is the kind of film that you will probably only want to watch once. You'll want to watch it if you've seen the original (which is a great film in itself) but don't keep your hopes up high as this remake really falls short.
The DVD really has no extras so far from what I can tell except for some trailers on other movies such as "The Howling" and "The Fog". Amazon states that this DVD has "TV spots" on the DVD but I have yet to find them which means that there aren't any TV spots on the disc or they're hidden.
The picture quality isn't all that great though considering this was made for TV I guess I'll let it slide. This is a bare bones disc that only fans of the remake will probably buy. I only bought it because I love the original movie and that this version has never been played in Australia (to my understanding). I'm not sure if it ever would have gotten played here in Australia. I'm kind of disappointed, I was expecting something better.
Check it out. The gym teacher looks like Demi Moore's long lost twin sister, lol.
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