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Carrie

Promotional poster
Directed by David Carson
Produced by David Carson
Bryan Fuller
Written by Stephen King
Bryan Fuller
Starring Angela Bettis
Patricia Clarkson
Rena Sofer
Kandyse McClure
Emilie de Ravin
Music by Laura Karpman
Cinematography Victor Goss
Editing by Anthony A. Lewis
Distributed by NBC
MGM Television
Release date(s) November 4, 2002
Running time 132 min.
Country United States
Language English

Carrie is a 2002 made-for-television horror film based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King. While it is not a remake of the 1976 film, it was originally intended as a pilot for a TV series in which Carrie moves to Florida to help others with telekinetic problems. However, it is the sole survivor of that project. Aside from the ending, this film follows the original novel more closely than the 1976 film.

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Plot

The film begins in a police station. A young girl named Sue Snell (Kandyse McClure) is being interviewed by a detective about what has become known as "The Black Prom," and the disappearance of Carrie White (Angela Bettis).

A flashback, "One Week Before Prom", and particular to the students at Ewen High School and finally Carrie White. Carrie draws a picture of her crush Tommy Ross (Tobias Mehler), who is reading a book. When Carrie hides the picture, a boy laughing at her and Tommy throws the book to the boy who made fun of Carrie.

Later, Carrie plays softball during gym. Tina Blake (Katharine Isabelle) who teased Carrie, begins chanting "Miss! Miss!" at Carrie, causing her to miss the ball. The girls constantly harass Carrie, with Chris Hargensen (Emilie De Ravin) being especially vicious.

After gym, in the shower, Carrie has her first period and panics. Tina sees it flow down the drain, and notifies all the other girls. They all surround Carrie's shower stall and tease Carrie, tormenting her. Hearing this, the gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin (Rena Sofer), comes into the shower, and finds Carrie lying by the drain in a fetal position. As she comforts Carrie, Carrie asks her if she is dying. Carrie had no idea about menstruation and thought she was bleeding to death.

Later, the school principal determines that Carrie should go home to calm down after the incident. When the principal repeatedly mispronounces her name, Carrie snaps and screams out her name. Suddenly, the principal's desk moves 5 inches in the opposite direction. As she leaves the principal's office, all the kids gather around as she finds the words "Plug It Up" written on her locker door. Once she opens her locker door, tampons fall all over her, much to the delight and laughter of other students, save for Sue Snell.

On her way home, Carrie is accosted by yet another vicious child, this time a pre-teen boy on a bicycle. He rides rings around Carrie, insulting her. With no warning, his bike smashes into a tree, throwing the boy to ground. When she reaches home, Carrie's mother, Margaret White (Patricia Clarkson), receives the phone call from school. Due to her bizarre religious beliefs, Margaret considers menstruation a sign of sexual sinning. She beats Carrie and locks her in the "Praying Closet."

A flashback, "Five days before Prom", Ms. Desjardin notifies the girls during class that they are to have detention in the gym everyday, for five hours. Chris claims that she will skip the detention, but Ms. Desjardin explains that the penalty for skipping detention is three days suspension and refusal of the prom tickets. Chris storms out, claiming that "this isn't over."

At the same time, Carrie researches "miracles" in the library to understand what has been happening to her. Eventually, she finds out about telekinesis, an unusual gift that is theorised to be sometimes possessed by young girls going through puberty; it appears that the carriers of it are able to move or control objects with their minds.

A flashback, "Four days before Prom", In class, Carrie gradually discovers her telekinetic powers to plots to other students but it scratches the table. After Chris' father has been unable to get back his daughter's prom privileges, she plots a revenge against Carrie, whom she solely blames on her suspension. That night, Carrie begins to practice his powers with a comb, but the comb was going when it screamed for her mother. At the same time, Sue, trying to atone for her bullying, asks her popular jock boyfriend Tommy Ross to take Carrie to the prom instead of her. At first Tommy disagrees, but then gives in. The next day, at the library, Tommy asks Carrie to the prom, who assumes it is all another trick, but Tommy claims to her that he will meet her mother, give her the night of her life, and make sure that nobody makes fun of her, and if they do, he will beat them up. That evening, Carrie tells her mother about the prom and Margaret throws a huge fit, forbidding Carrie to go. Carrie uses her powers to trap her mother in the room, finally confronting her abuser. Margaret immediately assumes her daughter is a witch, possessing demonic powers. However, she is also fearful of her daughter's newly acquired strength and gives in.

As prom day approaches, Sue helps Carrie prepare for the big event. Tina and Chris overhear their plans and develop a full revenge plan. Chris gets her juvenile delinquent boyfriend Billy Nolan to help her acquire pig's blood from a nearby farm, which will be the main device in her gruesome scheme to get back at Carrie. On the day of the prom, Margaret White begs Carrie to stay home and beg God for forgiveness, but Carrie uses her powers to throw her mother out of the room. As the infuriated Margaret leaves the house, Tommy comes to pick her up for the prom, impressed by her makeover into a beautiful young woman.

As the prom progresses, Tina manages to switch the winner ballots for fraudulent ones that declare Carrie and Tommy king and queen of the prom. The scheme works and the two are declared winners. As Tommy and Carrie take their place on stage, Carrie notices blood dripping on her arm and looks up, seeing the bucket of blood placed above the stage. Chris, who has been hiding with Billy backstage, pulls the rope, sending a wave of blood on Carrie, also splattering some on Tommy and Norma. The duo run away, dropping the rope, which drops the bucket on Tommy's head, killing him.

Carrie, horrified, angry and in shock, loses control of her mental abilities. She locks everyone inside the gym and sets off the sprinklers, causing a mass panic. As Tina screams in horror, Carrie crushes her to death with a basketball board. Ms. Desjardin manages to get a few kids into a vent, where they make their escape. Once the floor is flooded with water, Carrie causes the scoreboard to fall, electrocuting everyone else on the floor.

Carrie leaves the school, locking the doors behind her and leaving the rest of the students and staff to die as the gym collapses in flames. As she makes her way back to town, she brings the destruction with her, blowing apart everything that comes her way. Chris and Billy, witnessing the destruction from Billy's truck, encounter Carrie and attempt to run her over, but Carrie stops the car and sends it slamming it into a telephone pole, killing them both. Once Carrie gets home, she takes a bath to wash off all the blood, but Margaret appears. Now completely mad, she considers Carrie a demon and attempts to drown her in the tub. As Carrie loses consciousness, she manages to mentally stop her mother's heart, killing her.

Sue's interview with the investigators wraps up, but many other questions remain. What exactly happened at the prom? Is there really such a thing as telekinesis? Was Sue a participant in Chris' prank? And, most importantly, if Carrie White also perished in the aftermath of "The Black Prom," what happened to her body?

Unknown to everyone, during the disastrous aftermath of the prom, Sue went out looking for Carrie and found her in the bathtub, drowned, with her mothers's dead body nearby. Sue manages to revive Carrie with CPR and hide her while the scandal quiets down. Sue agrees to sneak Carrie out of town to somewhere in Florida. As the two drive off into the rainy night, Carrie receives a nightmarish vision of her mother, who warns her that "sin never dies." When questioned she dismisses the dream as "nothing," implying that she may be able to put her past behind her and move on.

Cast

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Major characters

Minor characters

  • Miles Meadows as Kenny Garson
  • Laurie Murdoch as Principal Morton
  • Michael Kopsa as Mr. Hargensen
  • Malcolm Scott as Jackie Talbot
  • Andrew Rob as Danny Erbter
  • Jodelle Ferland as Little Carrie
  • Michaela Mann as Estelle Horan
  • Erin Karpluk as Madeline
  • Bill Dow as Mr. Scharnhorst
  • Irene Miscisco as Mrs.Johnson
  • David Neale as Officer Plessy
  • Cascy Beddow as Obnoxious Student
  • Portia Farmer as Obnoxious Student #2
  • Ed Anders as Stern Neighbour
  • Laura Boddington as Girl in Locker Room (Uncredited)
  • Paul Dzenkiw as Boy in Library (Uncredited)
  • Jasmine Guy as Ruby Moore (Uncredited)

Production

Carrie originally served as a two part pilot for a Carrie TV series on NBC; this was the reason to have Carrie rescued at the end instead of dying, and to depict her as going into a trance state when she uses her powers, unable later to remember what she did. NBC executives tried this idea in hopes it would follow the success of The Dead Zone. However, due to poor ratings, NBC opted out against the Carrie TV Series.

The fight songs played during the prom scene are those of Dartmouth College, as performed by the Dartmouth College Marching Band. Executive producer Mark Stern, an alumnus of Dartmouth, requested a recording of the Dartmouth tunes from faculty director Max Culpepper for use in the movie. After finding the Dartmouth Wind Symphony recording of the songs to be too professional-sounding, he requested a recording that was more "wild and enthusiastic." The marching band then recorded the songs at the loudest volume possible, in order to distort tone and intonation and sound more like a high school band.[1]

DVD release

Carrie has only been released on Region 1 DVD.

References

  1. ^ Foxall, Devin. "Marching band gets a taste of Hollywood", The Dartmouth, November 14, 2002.

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