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Carrie (2002)

Angela Bettis , Patricia Clarkson    Unrated   DVD
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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Treat For Fans of The Original King Novel April 7 2004
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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2.0 out of 5 stars One time viewing recommended March 10 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Problematic Remake Of A 1976 Horror Masterpiece Feb. 13 2004
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Like a good number of remakes of classic movies, especially in the horror genre, the 2002 NBC-TV remaking of CARRIE is a problematic film. The basic allure of Stephen King's first novel, which touches on religious fanaticism, high school fascism, and telekinesis, is as relevant now as it was in 1976, when Brian DePalma's film was released. Even a good premise, however, can be derailed by mediocre execution, as was the case in the TV remake of THE SHINING or in the 1999 "sequel" THE RAGE: CARRIE 2.
Angela Bettis does a good enough job as the tormented Carrie White. Given that she has some pretty big shoes to fill, namely those of Sissy Spacek who had received an Oscar nod for the role in 1976, I think Bettis does better than most. Patricia Clarkson is fair as the unglued Margaret White, although her low-key insanity still might make one pine for Piper Laurie's extremist performance in the first film.
But for me, what undid this film were not only the many politically correct cosmetic changes to the identities of her torturing classmates (the Sue Snell character is African-American here), but the fact that the bucket of blood scene is poorly done. When it's poured on Bettis, it just looks like what it is--red syrup. In the original, when the blood hits Spacek, it slams into her like a tidal wave (thanks to DePalma's slow motion), creating such an emotional impact that caused that film to transcend the mere boundaries of horror.
The CARRIE remake is thus forever in the shadow of the original, even as Bettis' performance stands on its own. It is an okay film, even for TV; but for a true combination of horror and drama, the 1976 original is still the one to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see on Blu Ray
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2011 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars genius
Published on Aug. 27 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but this was not a good show
Well it was something that made her bleed
Published on July 5 2004 by Ice cube
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember, This is an adaptation of the original novel
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. Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by Joseph Cruz Cota
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Better
Carrie White (portrayed by Angela Bettis) is your typical High school girl...except she is hated by all, and she has telekinesis. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Tony Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The original but a nice try
First of all the Carrie with Sissy Spacek is a classic and always will be. when i first heard this was coming on tv i was wondering what to expect, being the original carrie is my... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Jeremy Boettcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Better story background
I like the King books to television better then the movie versions because you get more story and a clearer picture of what is happening and why. (perfect example... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars AND THE NOMINEES ARE :
for best reason to drink Drano --
1 ) The NBC rehash of 'Carrie'.
2 ) The fact that this debacle is available on DVD. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars good TVM
this is the same exact elements of the original, which was way better but it was made for TV and its great. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by Michael Bolts
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