Monday, September 5, 2011

The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

The Rage: Carrie 2

Written by Rafael Moreu
Directed by Katt Shea

Rachel...Emily Bergl
Jesse...Jason London
Eric...Zachary Ty Bryan
Sue Snell...Amy Irving

Released before the glut of Hollywood remakes and years-after-the-fact, direct-to-home sequels, The Rage: Carrie 2 somehow manages to be both.

Rachel, the picked-on high school girl, begins to develop signs of telekinetic powers when under emotional duress. It starts off small--a coffee cup sliding off the table, a snow globe shattering--but as her treatment gets worse, so do the effects of her powers.


Of all the popular kids in the social clique, only one befriends and bewitched her: the softhearted football player Jesse. Her tormentors use this to their advantage, culminating in one final prank that leads to Rachel fully unleashing THE RAGE.

It's the same story, slightly tweaked for modern audiences. Carrie's innocence and naivety are traded in for Rachel's bitter, emo jadedness. The high school dance is exchanged for an off-campus party. And there's a tattoo that inexplicably shifts and morphs on Rachel's skin when she gets really pissed off, which is definitely a new addition. But the high notes all remain the same.

So how do you remake a movie, but pass it off wholesale as a sequel? How can you have a Carrie 2...without Carrie? By having secondary character from the original Sue Snell return here as a guidance counselor with firsthand knowledge of the dangerous road that Rachel is strolling down. And she's never afraid to make reference to--or lead us into footage from--the original film.

Surprisingly, the result isn't terrible, just more than a little predictable. The cracks only start to show when held up to the light of it's predecessor, so don't attempt a double feature.


The Rage is a veritable who's who of people you used to see on the screen, but don't know the name of. There's the oldest brother from Home Improvement, the undercover whiteboy from Numbers, the dork from American Pie.

And a whole lot of those guys from the unemployment line.

If Carrie and The Craft had a love child...this would be it.

1999
Rated R
104 Minutes
Color
English
United States

--J/Metro

2 comments:

  1. I haven't seen this since it came out in the theaters back in the 90s, and back then, I was always just happy to see ANY horror (particularly R-rated) on the big screen. I imagine it's aged badly, but at the time, that final massacre sure was fun!

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  2. You are totally right with the whole "love baby" thing! I have mixed feelings with this cause I loved the first and true CARRIE so I'm not sure how I'm going to deal with this.

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