17 year old girl named Sue Snell (Kandyse
McClure) is being questioned by the
police led by a detective named John
Mulcahey (David Keith) about her school
being burned down and all the murders
that occurred there at the grad prom
including her boyfriend Tommy Ross
Apparently a put upon misfit named Carrie
White (Angela Bettis) was responsible for
these murders as she has telekinetic
powers and is presumed dead.
The police are questioning more of the
survivors as well about Carrie. But the
story starts too before prom night as
Carrie is constantly being tormented by
gymnasium Carrie got her first period and
thought she was dying and all the girls
teased her about it.
Then they wrote Plug it Up on her locker
with tampons stuffed inside.
Her crazed mother Margaret (Patricia
Clarkson) locks Carrie in her closet
after she hears about it thinking that
she has sinned.
next day the girls get a detention doing
aerobics on the athletic field else they
get a 3 day suspension and refusal to
their prom tickets.
The head bully Chris Hargenson (Emile de
Raven) skips detention but has a deadly
plan for Carrie as her and her boyfriend
Billy Nolan (Jesse Cadotte) as they go to
a slaughterhouse and Billy kills a pig
their for it's blood to dump on Carrie
since Sue asked Tommy to take Carrie to
But when the prom night happens Carrie
and Tommy are voted for the prom king and
queen as a set up.
But after this prank happens everyone is
in for the terror of their lives as well
as the local town.
The story is good but he rushed it a
bit the story still took the time to explain the plot
in the film regardless.
We spot a perfect confrontation in a room
with Detective John Mulcahey and Sue Snell by being questioned about the
tragedy of the prom and Carrie White.
They showed true chemistry off of one
another and good shots on them and their
We spot some good camera shots at a ball
field with people like Tina Blake taunting Carrie when
she's up to bat and Carrie doesn't look focused at all with the game
and the girls looked good giving her a
hard time when she strikes out.
There's some nice
shots of the girls looking over Carrie lying on a ground in a shower thinking she's bleeding to death and
teasing her. During this moment there's a good angle
of the camera shooting up with Miss Desjarden holding Carrie and a
light on the wall explodes.
There's also a good flashback sequence
with Carrie as a child staring through a wooded fence and having
a conversation with her neighbor bathing bare breasted in the sun and then Margaret White speaking
wickedly and drags Carrie away
which was also impressive as you want to
try and protect the poor innocent child
from the clutches of her.
We see a silent setting with the classmates in the hallway
staring at Carrie while going to
her locker that says PLUG IT UP written
on it and a good shot of her opening the
door with tampons spitting out of her
locker and everyone bursts out laughing
as well as a nice close up shot on Chris Hargenson with a dirty look
expressing her hatred for her.
We have an impressive shot with Margaret's face turned to a wall
with Carrie walking up towards
her and then tells her that she's a woman
now before the commerical break.
Later on it almost looks heartwarming
when Margaret sits on a chair
and holds Carrie and tells her
to say what she said about her sinning
and then of course Carrie denies. The picture shows
a nice silent moment and slaps Carrie in the face which makes you jump a bit. We spot a nice close up shot on Margaret dragging Carrie to a closet.
A nice close up shot on Carrie with
perfect expressions by concentrating in
her room trying to make her hairbrush
Miss Desjardin makes a nice entrance in
the girls change room acting happy
talking to the girls about the prom which
she of course is acting sarcastic
expecially when she asks people like Sue who's taking them to the prom and then
shows nice menacing looks when she throws
tampons out of her bag and really scolds
them which made the scene look really effective, serious and strong.
There's great shots of the
the students passing a message around and
laughing staring at Carrie which
was started by Kenny Garson and Carrie knowing this which for sure gives you a realistic feeling on bullies anyone had experienced doing this in school along with a school
teacher writing on a chalk board with
this happening which psych's you out with all of this happening at the same time.
We also see a nice and strong discussion
with Chris' father being forceful and
demanding towards the school principal in
the school office about having his
daughter go to the prom. We spot this principal seeming very wimpy about the discussion
but then gets almost as tough as nails
when he becomes very straight forward
about the incident and telling him he
will take legal action as well which was
a nice change to his personality.
There is a perfect soft dialogue between Sue trying to convince Tommy to take Carrie to the prom in
a living room as they both knew how to
have a nice conversation and to make it
come out right.
We spot a nice dark quiet moment with Carrie and Margaret talking to one
another while finishing dinner as well as a silent moment between Margaret. Then something happens that is harsh with her towards Carrie. Great dark moments when Carrie uses her powers towards Margaret to make her stay put and telling her Momma that she's going to the prom which seemed darker than in the original.
We spot a memorable discussion between Carrie and Miss Desjardin before the prom about
which I will
always remember in the film on a crazy mother poisoning her daughter's mind about taking a risk on sinning if they go to her prom which really happens with wicked parents to their children.
Another memorable terrific moment when Miss Desjardin talks to Carrie about after school putting the bullying behind her and how people change while attending their 10 year reunion which looked realistic to watch this being talked about. The scene was perfectly written in.
Another memorable moment was when Miss Desjarden confronted Tommy about being
expelled if Carrie isn't enjoying herself
which came across terrifically between
the two of them and perfectly put into the story.
There's a great effects shot when
the blood dumps on Carrie's head and
lots of it too as this was an attention grabber big time.
There is a perfect shot on a basketball
hoop is spinning around on the gymnasium
wall and then crashing on one of the nasty students .
A nice shot on Carrie walking in
the streets with cheesy effects of things
exploding including telephone poles and stuff like that which looked incredibly suspenseful at the same time.
A perfect dark shot on a door opening and
Carrie walking up the stairs to enter the
Bottom line is that the story is a little rushed and fast with the moments happening as well as not as effective but of course in a TV-movie that is common. Otherwise a nice remake of
the 1976 classic! It is a bit rushed in
some places but Stephen King
knew how to make a solid storyline in his
novel so that didn't matter. Also, some of the plots were loosely
based on the novel too and not the 1976
Plus, most of the characters were off of
the book too. This TV-movie was apparently a pilot to a
TV series that never saw the light of day
which was a terrible shame as I was
looking forward to the series. I still couldn't figure out why fireballs
would fall out of the sky when Carrie was
The acting is very
well done. Angela Bettis (Carrie White) knew
her craft just as much as Sissy
Spacek did in the orivinal. The way she
acted tense and shy was so real you
would've wondered if she was really like
that. Also was perfect by showing no expressions and
acting tense too during her time in
school. Shows some nice shocked
expressions when she thinks she's
bleeding while taking a shower which is
really her period and is good at
stretching out her hands as if her
fingers were crooked. She was also good
crying on set thinking that she was dying
while lying down on the ground. Shows great aggression and
upsetting emotions afterwards when she gets slapped by her onscreen mother. Does well reacting to her onscreen classmates secretly taunting her by tensing up which she was sharp by doing this. Was wondeful by behaving tense when
she uses her powers in order
to force someone to stay put and speaking coldly. Really shows a nice zombie and expressionless
like look to herself during the moment when the prank strikes her.
Katharine Isabelle (Tina Blake) was another
great troublemakeras she was the
best. Her character got on my nerves as
her sarcasm would piss anyone off who
didn't like bullies. I loved her work in Freddy
Vs. Jason as well.
Patricia Clarkson (Margaret White) as the
religious fantatical mother Margaret
White was great as she was silent alot of
the times whenever she does something
wicked based on her beliefs. She wasn't as intimidating or menacing like
the way Piper Laurie portrayed
the role plus she looked so wholesome and
loving which was the downside. In a certain scene is impressive when she
seems silent at a dinner table and then throws her drink at the character Carrie's face.
Rena Sofer (Miss Desjarden) was
also terrific as a strict and tough gym
teacher making her character really come
to life as her name was from the Stephen
King novel as Betty Buckley's character name was Miss Collins. She especially performed
greatly with her fellow actress by
slamming her to a locker and really
getting enraged with her. Does a great job acting uplifting and sociable to Carrie about afterschool life as she added some great spunk into this and made on what she was talking about totally believeable. Was great with her stern and serious attitude by warning someone at the prom in order to protect someone else from getting hurt which also looked greatly performed on her end. There is an intense scene with her pushing Carrie's head into the
water of a bathtub which was strongly performed.
Jesse Cadotte (Billy Nolan) was truly creepy
and would make you want to
stay away from him. He wasn't loud like John
Travolta was but he was blunt and
firm which made the character more
intimidating as well as manipulative and
intimidating too. In a scene he really knew how to be
demanding and intimidating when his fellow actor chickens out to kill a pig forcing him to
help out by getting the blood from the
pig as it looks realistic of a bully
forcing another bully. Shows some nice evil and mocking
expressions when he is about to kill a
pig with a sledge hammer. Performed really creepy towards his onscreen girlfriend and threatening her if she squeals on him
about the prank as he was perfectly intimidating coming across this way. He also taunts her quite well when he
tells her to pull the rope tied to the bucket of blood.
McClure (Sue Snell) knew how to play the
intelligent head highschool girl as Sue
Snell as she said her lines clearly with
real meaning to her part. Was good and calm especially when she is questioned and acting cool about it all. Does a nice job acting kind and polite towards the people she cared for and really getting into this as well as offering a believeable sense of humor too.
Emilie de Ravin (Chris Hargenson) didn't seem to have the stunning looks as the popular highschool head bitch as she looked too plain but yet knew on how to have a sneering reaction to her main foe as well as getting lippy as well as hard headed towards her onscreen gym teacher. Was great by throwing two
of her shoes off and showing nice
aggressions after she hears what her
punishment was for the trick she
pulled with her onscreen classmates.
Tobias Mehler (Tommy Ross) played the true
heartthrob boyfriend taking Carrie to the
prom and seemed to come off believeable
as a nice popular highschool jock. He wasn't really convincing
towards the onscreen character Carrie when he asks her
to the prom at first but seems to work it
out well when his discussion starts to flow
Miles Meadows (Kenny Garson) had the perfect look
as a highschool troublemaker and
performed it just as well. Was great goofing off at the pig
farm by taunting the pigs in a certain scene. Does extremely well by getting sickened
out after the pig slaughtering incident happens. I met him a
few times and is a cool guy.
Of course we can't forget David Keith
(Detective John Mulcahey) as the serious head detective in the
film bringing the perfect chemistry to
the film with his role and fit the suit
extremely well. Really knew
his stuff when he was questioning
someone about his trespassing at the pig farm. Made this scene look realistic with his performance.
The music was composed by
Laura Karpman. I wasn't too thrilled
with it unfortunately as there was sad
violin playing and woodwinds too.
There are also songtracks performed by Hypnogaja,
Sky Tyler, Shy Boy, Sandra
Lima and Kirsten Kauffman.
about Carrie White]
Detective John Mulcahey: Was she a
friend of yours?
Sue Snell: Carrie didn't have any
Detective John Mulcahey: When I
was in high school, even the biggest
losers had a bird of a feather.
Sue Snell: She wasn't a loser. She
just didn't belong.
Detective John Mulcahey: Why do
you think that is?
Sue Snell: It's not brain surgery.
We are talking about Carrie White.
Detective John Mulcahey: Maybe she
didn't want to belong.
Sue Snell: Everybody wants to
belong. Anyone who tells you they don't
is lying. I think Carrie wanted it more
than any of us.
Hargensen: [about Carrie] God,
I hate her!
Blake: Dude! Carrie's "Aunt
Flo" is in town and she's freaking
Chris Hargensen: Are you serious?
Tina Blake: Yes! Come on!
Chris Hargensen: Oh my god!
[girls follow Chris and Tina to
Girl in Locker Room: Did you get
Girls in Locker Room: [chanting]
Period. Period. Period...
wakes up to find Little Carrie standing
next to her]
Estelle Horan: Hi.
Little Carrie: What are those?
Estelle Horan: Breasts.
Little Carrie: I wish I had some.
Estelle Horan: You'll get some.
You just have to wait a few years.
Little Carrie: No, I won't. Momma
says good girls don't get them.
Estelle Horan: Your Mom is such a
hypocrite - she's like a C cup.
Little Carrie: Momma said she was
bad when she made me. She calls them
Horan: [calling after Little
Carrie] Do yourself a favor and run
away from home!
Hargensen: You can't talk to us like
that! My dad's a lawyer.
Hargensen: This isn't over. This is
so not over, it's not even in the same
area code as over!
Blake: [to Carrie] Oh, hey
Carrie! Do you want to come sit in
Chris's desk today? I just, I don't think
she's going to be using it since you got
her kicked out of school!
White: Does everyone think they can
go on playing tricks on me?
Snell: [watching Chris walk in]
Has Chris said anything?
Helen Shyres: Only that she hates
White: You're doing this because you
feel sorry for me.
Sue Snell: This is not a pity
thing. I don't feel sorry for you.
Carrie White: Yeah, you do. You
feel sorry for me because you think
you're better than me.
Sue Snell: I don't think I'm
better than you.
Carrie White: It's okay. Everyone
does. Doesn't mean it's true, though.
Hargensen: I mean she practically
talked me into getting Botox last year!
Carrie White: Maybe she thought
you needed it.
has just slammed a door and upended a
Margaret White: Witch!
Carrie White: I'm not a witch, I
just... sometimes... I can move things.
Margaret White: I should have
known when you let the fire come. Sin
Carrie White: I'm not the only
one, Momma. Other people can do it, too.
I read about them on the Internet.
White: You've gone so far astray, I
fear for you.
Carrie White: You really think I'm
going to burn in hell, Momma, just for
going to my prom?
Margaret White: I don't want to
think about what's going to happen to
you. Sin knows you now. It will find you.
Carrie White: Momma...
Margaret White: Your sin will find
you, Carrie, and when it does, not even
Jesus can help you.
Carrie White: [exasperated]
Jesus will help me. He will help me if I
really need him.
Margaret White: Not if he doesn't
love you anymore.
Carrie White: Jesus loves
everybody, Momma - even me!
John Mulcahey: Do you consider
yourself anti-religious, Sue?
Sue Snell: No. I just think some
people take it too far, that's all.
Detective John Mulcahey: And you
Sue Snell: Look, I'm all for
believing whatever it is that you want to
believe; but you say "religion"
and I'm thinking Da Vinci's "Last
Supper". Jesus looks sad, the
apostles look miserable - I don't want to
go to their party. Shouldn't religion be
more like "Dogs Playing Poker?"
Detective John Mulcahey: Dogs
Sue Snell: Poker. I can't tell you
what any of the apostles are doing in
"The Last Supper", but I can
tell you that the little white bulldog is
holding an ace under the table. See?
That's fun. I'm engaged. There's awe and
wonderment... That other stuff is just
ritual and punishment, and it's way too
weird and way too serious.
White: They're called breasts, Momma.
All the girls have them. They're very
fashionable these days.
Shyres: Oh my god, where did you get
Carrie White: I made it.
Helen Shyres: [Impressed]
Carrie White: You shut up!
Helen Shyres: Seriously, you made
Carrie White: I did. I... I like
to sew. It's a real simple pattern.
[walks past Helen]
Helen Shyres: [gasps] Look
at your ass!
Carrie White: What?
Helen Shyres: Okay, after seeing
your ass, the whole "nun in street
clothes" thing is no longer
Tommy Ross: [to Carrie]
That was a compliment.
We should have a rule: If they do
something in a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie,
we're not allowed to do it in real life.
Snell: It wasn't your fault. It
wasn't all your fault.
Sue Snell: We shouldn't be here.
People thinking you're dead is sort of
contingent on nobody seeing you alive.
Carrie White: Where am I going to
Sue Snell: I don't know. Somewhere
where they don't know you.
Sue Snell: I'll drive you as far
as Florida. Then I have to come back.