Film / Carrie (2002)

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Carrie is a Made-for-TV horror film based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King, first aired on NBC in 2002. It is the second film adaptation of the novel, following the 1976 version. It is an attempt to be more faithful to the novel than the original film - notably restoring the book's Anachronic Order structure, including famous scenes that were deleted from the DePalma film (the falling stones) and bringing characters closer to their original personalities. Ironically enough the ending radically departs from the book.

This was intended to be a Pilot Movie for a potential Carrie TV series, but it wasn't picked up. The film stars Angela Bettis as Carrie. Patricia Clarkson, Kandyse McClure, Tobias Mehler and David Keith also star.

Tropes

  • A Wizard Did It: Presumably Carrie's telekinesis allowed her to revive after being drowned.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Chris becomes a blonde yet again rather than a brunette in the book. Carrie has mousy brown hair in the book, and Angela Bettis's is a few shades darker. Tina is a redhead in the book and becomes brunette.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The police investigation into what Carrie did is covered in greater detail than in the book.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Helen was mostly a background character in the book (as one of Sue's friends). Here she's nice to Carrie at the prom, tries to stop the blood being poured and is also seen trying to carry Tommy out while mayhem is going on.
    • Carrie herself, it's made quite explicit that Carrie had no idea what she was doing after the Crowning going into a trance only to awaken confused and horrified to find herself in a bathtub covered in blood. This most likely was done as the film was intended to serve as a pilot for a series based on Carrie, in which after being helped by Sue in faking her death, she would go on the run and offer assistance to other latent Psychic's she would run into to prevent another Prom Night.
    • A minor case with Chris, who is still a nasty villain, but is portrayed as being somewhat more remorseful than her book counterpart. She almost doesn't go through with dropping the bucket on Carrie, only yielding to pressure from Billy to do so, and she screams at him to stop when he tries to run over Carrie.
  • Adaptational Villainy: This time it's Tina who gets this to become Chris's Beta Bitch. She also gets an Adaptation Personality Change to become The Ditz. However Tina was Chris's best friend in the book so her bitchiness was implied through the association. The only reason she's this trope is because Tina in the book didn't take an active part in the prank like she did here.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: This is the only way anybody is able to get out of the gym once Carrie locks the doors.
  • Armour-Piercing Slap: Helen gives one to Kenny while he's laughing cruelly at Carrie.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Sue Snell is enumerating Chris' flaws to the investigators after-the-fact. She concludes with "She's a front-to-back, I'm a back-to-front." The male doesn't get it, but his female assistant chuckles.
  • Beauty Inversion: Angela Bettis as the title character. Drab clothes, messy hair and something about not washing her face or anything definitely hid any beauty that she had, making it that much more special when she went to the prom.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Inverted with Helen. She starts off seemingly as another one of the bullies, but she soon warms to Carrie and tries to stop the blood being poured.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: The '02 version ups this with Tommy and Norma having been splattered with blood on them as well due to being near Carrie onstage when it fell with the former having half of his shirt spilled on and the latter getting some on her face.
  • Canon Foreigner: Detective Mulcahy doesn't exist in the book and the investigation is carried out by multiple policemen.
  • Cliffhanger Copout: Miss Desjardin is shown hanging from the vent for dear life, the chair underneath her having fallen over. Later she is being interviewed by the detective, with no explanation of how she escaped.
  • Comfort Food: The investigators offer donuts to the people they're interrogating. Sue doesn't touch them, Norma dives in casually, and Miss Desjardin tears apart a donut with her fingers with a stressed expression.
  • Composite Character:
    • Helen Shyres gets combined with Frieda Jason from the book - so she gets Frieda's scene where she's nice to Carrie at the prom.
    • There are several nameless cops investigating the case in the book. They're all combined into one, Detective Mulcahy, in this film.
    • As in the previous adaptation, Mr Morton gets combined with Mr Grayle to become the principal instead of the vice principal.
  • Death by Adaptation: Kenny and Tina survived in the book - Tina even writing a book about the prom - but both die in the disaster. Helen's fate is not said in the book but she's shown dying too. Subverted with Miss Desjardin - she's implied to die but is one of the survivors being interviewed.
  • Doomed New Clothes: Carrie had just sewed her prom dress for the occasion.
  • Dream Sequence: Carrie slow dances with Tommy as it is what the prom king and prom queen do afterwards. When she saw a drop of blood on her hand, she's instantly snapped back into reality. This could also count as an In-Universe What Could Have Been had the prank not happened at all.
  • Easily Forgiven: Sue forgives Carrie for the prom that killed a lot of people at the school and says it wasn't her fault. Justified, since for more of that sequence Carrie seems to be walking around in a dream state, and before her powers are activated she seems to have a seizure from the stress of being coated in pig's blood. Plus, when Sue revives Carrie, she ends up getting all of Carrie's memories. So she truly knows that Carrie wasn't malicious.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • When Billy sees Carrie out on the road and decides to run her over, Chris screams at him to stop. She wanted Carrie humiliated, not turned into roadkill.
    • One of Billy's posse when he's caught on video killing the pig decides to clear Sue's name and say she wasn't involved.
  • Faking the Dead: Carrie is compelled to do this, with the help of Sue.
  • Gay Bravado: Roy shares a moment of this with Tommy when they meet up at the prom.
  • Genki Girl: Norma, as portrayed by Meghan Black. She is definitely the funniest character in the film.
  • How We Got Here: The only adaptation to follow this route. We start off two weeks after the disaster with the detectives interviewing the survivors.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Miss Desjardin finds Tommy at the prom and warns him that if Carrie doesn't have the night of her life, she'll see to it that he's expelled. It's no wonder that after the prank happens, he tosses down his prom crown in anger.
  • It's a Small Net After All: Subverted. When Carrie does a search for "miracles" so that she could learn about her psychic powers, she has to dig through a bunch of results that have nothing to do with what she's looking for (including a site advertising "miracle underwear"). Still, she's able to find the information she needs without having to go to the second page.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Miss Desjardin's hair is first seen down when she attends the prom. And that's also when she has a heart-to-heart with Carrie.
  • Lighter and Softer: The shower scene. The girls merely surround Carrie's cubicle and chant "period!" at her, rather than throwing tampons. This then gets subverted with an even crueller Kick the Dog moment that didn't happen in the book - they fill her locker with tampons and write 'Plug It Up' on the door, embarrassing her in front of the whole school.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: This film, thanks to the advance of CGI, was able to include this scene, albeit not at the very beginning.
  • Mutual Kill: Subverted. Margaret tries to down Carrie in the bathtub, and Carrie induces a heart attack in Margaret. Carrie turns out to be Not Quite Dead, though.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Carrie at the end of the film, especially when she visits her grave and her mother's. For good reason she hallucinates her mother and Chris coming back to attack her.
  • My Greatest Failure: Miss Desjardin at the end of the film feels traumatized from the night of the prom, and that despite her greatest efforts to protect Carrie, she couldn't stop what would happen.
  • Never Found the Body: In a Description Cut, the investigators say this about Carrie, interspersed with a scene of Sue bringing food to Carrie in hiding, and new clothes to disguise herself.
  • Not Quite Dead: Carrie, where she is somehow resuscitated by Sue after spending hours submerged in a bathtub.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • One of Billy's posse when he tries to claim he wasn't involved, only to immediately see video evidence of helping to kill the pig.
    • Chris when she sees Carrie starting to seize after the prank, and her powers come to life.
  • Only in Florida: Where else would a girl with Psychic Powers who faked her death run and hide in? The one place where such a thing would pass for "normal." Justified in that Sue Lamp Shades that Florida was as far as she could take Carrie before having to return.
  • Pet the Dog: One of Billy's posse after getting caught on video slaughtering a pig insists that Sue was innocent, which clears her name with the investigators.
  • Room 101: Carrie manages to make it into a refuge of sorts from Margaret's insanity, hiding a stash of fashion and gossip magazines in there.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To She's All That where Tommy remarks that because Freddie Prinze, Jr. turned "a supermodel, but we're not supposed to notice because she's wearing glasses" into a Prom Queen is notably similar to Sue's request that Tommy take Carrie to prom. Bonus points for Carrie outright mentioning Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, of which She's All That is a modernisation.
    • Norma describes Carrie as "a Plathe", referencing The Bell Jar.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Carrie. Sue not only revives her following total immersion in the bathtub, but also keeps her hidden long enough to drive her to Florida.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Miss Desjardin has this after the night of the prom. Averted with the other survivors, especially Norma.
  • Tempting Fate: Poor Tommy, though he doesn't tempt it. After Ms. Desjardin threatens to expel Tommy if Carrie doesn't have the night of her life and if this is another prank, the bucket of pig's blood comes down. For a good reason he tosses off his prom king crown and glares at the audience, right before the bucket comes down on his head and kills him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sue Snell. After spotting a blood-spattered Carrie wandering around in shock and using her powers in a rage, she rushes to Carrie's house, revives her with Clean Pretty Reliable, hides her for days, and lies to the investigators about what she did the night of the prom. That takes Nerves of Steel.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Sue again, over the course of the film. Starts out with Bystander Syndrome about Carrie's bullying, tries to be The Atoner by giving up her prom night, and realizing that it's just as selfish to pretend to be good.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Carrie hides herself with a blonde wig at the end.

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