Carrie II: the Rage [Import]
The best stuff in this ridiculously conceived sequel to Brian De Palma's groundbreaking '70s classic are the occasional, too-brief flashbacks to De Palma's groundbreaking '70s classic. They occur in the mind of Sue Snell (Amy Irving, shamelessly reprising her role), the only main character left alive during Carrie's prom revenge freakout. After a brief stint in an insane asylum, Snell is now a therapist at a suburban high school and is currently counseling Rachel Lang (Emily Bergl). Rachel isn't like other girls. When Rachel gets really mad, she moves things with her mind. Rachel's been really mad lately, because her best friend jumped from a rooftop in the first 10 minutes of this movie. Even though there's absolutely no development of this relationship, don't doubt it: we know they're best friends because they have matching tattoos. Rachel's friend lost it because she was the latest victim in a fun game that members of the football team play off the field in which they keep a running count of how many girls they can seduce, using a rating scale based on appearance. Of course, there's a nice one, Jesse (Jason London), who feels guilty about playing the game and falls for Carrie, er, Rachel. Everything appears to be changing for Rachel, but Jesse's friends have other plans. Snell knows what's up, however, and it's pretty funny watching her explain it to Rachel: "I've been through this movie before" is essentially what she says, but Rachel doesn't want to hear that she's not an original character, that she's a cheap, slightly hardened and revised '90s rip-off with no autonomy. It makes Rachel want to move things with her mind. --Dave McCoy
Top Customer Reviews
say.it has its moments,or rather moment.the problem is,that moment does
not occur until the end of the movie.much of the movie comes off
looking like your typical teen movie.by that i mean it has all the
stereotypical caricatures you expect in a teen movie.which is
great,unless you are expecting something more.the acting is OK,given
the dialogue.however,there is no suspense in this film and the music
does not compare to the original.the plot follows the original Carrie
somewhat,although there is less of a relationship between the awkward
outcast and her mother,in fact almost none.there is however,one little
twist to the story,which i liked.the outcast this time is named
Rachel.however unlike Carrie,Rachel is not some much taunted by her
classmates as she is shunned,as if she doesn't exist.it is not until
later in the film,through a series of events,which i won't go into
here,that Rachel becomes the target of cruel abuse and ridicule.what
Rachel goes through is pretty mean,but is it comparable what Carrie
endured?the answer is no.in the original it is strongly implied that
Carrie was a victim through much of her life.Rachel,on the other hand
is largely simply ignored for much of her life.for a brief moment in
time,Rachel becomes a victim of a cruel prank.Rachel of course also has
the ability to move objects with her mind.she exacts revenge on her
tormentors in a spectacular fashion.there are some gruesome scenes
here,lowering this film to a slasher flick towards the end.however,the
ending of this movie is not anti climatic,as was the original.instead
it almost suffers from overkill.but is it as good as or comparable to
the original? for me,almost. 3/5
This movie hit a chord with me, although none of my friends killed themselves over a guy, or got filmed having sex. But I recognised a few people in it - the loner, the jocks who aren't old enough to grow stubble, the popular girls ... So many.
The film really starts when Mena Suvari's character kills herself, and this sets off a chain reaction of events. (Look out for Finch, if you want to see another American Pie character!) The thing I hated about that, is the prinicipal (played by Amy Irving, Sue Snell from the original - and she's so unrecognisable!) tells the school that there will be a moment's silence. Excuse me, someone's just committed suicide, don't you think the school should CLOSE?!
When Rachel has a telekinetic episode, what is seen through her eyes is black & white, making you notice it more, and has a similar significance to the red in Sixth Sense.
I thought Emily Bergl (Rachel) played the character brilliantly, and even had a certain quality about her - she totally reminded me of Sissy Spacek in the original. Someone's been studying the original! The way she moved, her eyes ...
True, the original is a classic, and always will be considered a classic, but this matches it perfectly. I really enjoyed it. I think if you hadn't seen the original, it would still be good. The finale is better than the finale in the original (I NEED to get that on DVD next). Lots of people (mainly the guys, and anyone with glasses) will be wincing during the ending. The thorns seemingly growing over Rachel's body at the end is a very cool effect.Read more ›
The performances by the young actors in this film, Emily Bergl, Jason London, Zachery Ty Bryan, Mena Suvari and Eddie Kaye Thomas are amazing. The score is a perfect blend of modern and traditional compositions, to bad the soundtrack CD available here only contains songs from the film but no original score, maybe someday. The visuals by Katt Shea (Writer/Director of another great film Poison Ivy) are both breath taking and stunningly disturbing, as they should be. The story is similar to the original book but updated to reflect teens of today. The only sour note for me was Amy Irving's occasion overly dramatic acting, but it's great to see the only surviving member of the original Carrie film return to reprise her role as Sue.
The last 20-30 minutes of this film is a non-relenting horror fest that keeps you on the edge of your seat and rivals any film sequence in the horror genre I can think of. Give this film a chance instead of assuming all sequels are bad and you'll be pleasantly surprised and want to see it again and again!
Just for the record both Steven King and Sissy Spacek have publicly stated their love of this film.
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great place to find those hard to find movies will reccamend to all friends and family 5 stars out of 5Published on May 29 2013 by WENTZEL VEZINA
I love this movie but I can't use it at all on any of my devices as its not within my regional coding.Published on Feb. 11 2013 by Barb Kelln
i saw this movie a few years ago & had a hard time finding it until now , love the moviePublished on June 27 2012 by MOVIES
YEARS AFTER THE EVENTS IN ''CARRIE'', ANOTHER BULLIED GIRL [EMILY BERGL] UNLEASHES HER TELEKINETHIC POWERS AGAINST HER FELLOW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO PICK ON HER ALL THE TIME. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
Carrie 2:The Rage is awesome.
Good special efects and great stars.
This is an awesome movie it is alot better than the original. Plus it was filmed at North Gaston High School (Where I'm going) in Dallas, North Carolina.Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Resa Hoyle