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Carrie (2002) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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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.
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...Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on Nov. 8 2011 by Kevin Barton
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2004
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 morePublished on March 21 2004 by Joseph Cruz Cota
Carrie White (portrayed by Angela Bettis) is your typical High school girl...except she is hated by all, and she has telekinesis. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by Tony Mitchell
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 morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Jeremy Boettcher
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 morePublished on Nov. 24 2003
for best reason to drink Drano --
1 ) The NBC rehash of 'Carrie'.
2 ) The fact that this debacle is available on DVD. Read more