Film: The Rage: Carrie 2

The lessons of '76 have been forgotten...

The Rage: Carrie 2 is a 1999 horror film that serves as a direct sequel to Carrie (1976), starring Emily Bergl, Jason London and Mena Suvari.

A teen outcast named Rachel Lang sees her best friend Lisa kill herself after a Jerk Jock has sex with her in order to score points in a "game" he's playing with the rest of the team (based on a real event, unfortunately). Rachel seeks revenge against the football players that caused her friend's suicide, and along the way, learns that she possesses psychic powers. She develops a crush on Jesse, one of the smarter football players, and the two enter a relationship, much to the ire of Jesse's teammates, who start plotting against Rachel. Meanwhile, the school's guidance counsellor, Sue Snell (a survivor from the original film), finds out about Rachel's powers, and steps in to help her, fearing a repeat of what had happened before. The entire situation comes to a head at the after-party for a football game, where a tape is played of Rachel and Jesse having sex. It does not end well.

This film was part of the post-Scream (1996) wave of hip, post-modern teen horror films, and was originally planned as a standalone film titled The Curse. Some fans of the original film regard it as a stain on its legacy, although others feel that it's So Bad, It's Good, and still others feel that it's a worthy film in its own right. You make up your own mind.

This film has examples of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: While not as bad as Margaret White, Rachel's foster parents are very neglectful, and the father has no problem hitting her. In an early scene, it's strongly implied that the only reason they raise her is to get $300 per month from the foster care system.
  • Alpha Bitch: Most of the female characters, save Rachel and Lisa — and the latter's death opens the film.
  • Artifact Title: Guess who actually isn't in this movie outside of flashbacks.
  • Asshole Victims: Just about all the teens Rachel targets.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Eric, who is the reason Lisa commits suicide.
  • Creator Cameo: Director Katt Shea shows up as the deputy DA in the scene where Eric and his father are looking to challenge the statutory rape charges Eric is facing.
  • Converse with the Unconscious: After they have sex, Jesse tells a sleeping Rachel that he loves her. Those three words save his life.
  • Cure Your Gays: Mike claims that Jesse scored a "conversion" by sleeping with Rachel, who had previously blown Mike off by claiming she was a lesbian. And he says it directly to Rachel's face.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: The film was originally written as The Curse, a movie that had no connection to Carrie in any form. It was retitled and rewritten presumably because somebody pointed out the obvious similarities and decided that calling it a sequel would not only allow it to cash in on the success of the original, but would help it avoid accusations of plagiarism.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Sue gets killed the moment she arrives at the party.
  • Eye Scream: Rachel uses her powers to smash Monica's glasses and shove the broken glass into her eyes.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom
  • Final Boy: Jesse is the last person left alive to face Rachel. She saves him when she realizes that he truly did love her and had no part in the prank played on her.
  • Follow the Leader: The film followed in the wake of Scream (1996) and other teen horror films.
  • The Fundamentalist: Rachel's original mother, who loses custody of her daughter and gets sent to an insane asylum in the first five minutes. This may be a deconstruction of Margaret White from the original, as social services would never let a woman as violently insane as her raise a child by herself.
  • Gender Flip:
    • Mark, Tracy, and Eric are a gender-flipped version of the original film's high school villains, Chris, Billy, and Norma. Like Chris, Mark is the ringleader of the plan to humiliate the protagonist and has a personal grudge against her, while Tracy, like Billy, is the villain's equally nasty lover who goes along with the plan. Eric, meanwhile, is like Norma as the villain's comparatively likable, yet still evil, best friend.
    • Jesse also counts as a gender-flipped version of Sue, the popular kid who sympathizes with the put-upon heroine and tries to make amends for past jerkass behavior.
  • Gorn: Compared to Carrie's rampage in the original, Rachel's killing spree is a bloodbath. Highlights include a dual impalement on a fire poker, CDs tossed like throwing stars, and a Groin Attack with a harpoon gun.
  • Goth: Rachel and Lisa.
  • Groin Attack: Seconds after the Eye Scream moment described above, a blinded and dying Monica fires her spear gun into Eric's crotch, ripping his balls off and sending them into the pool.
  • High School
  • Important Haircut: Before the big game, the football team all shave their heads in an act of machismo. Jesse refuses to take part in it, symbolizing the divide between him and his teammates.
  • Jerk Jock: With the exception of Jesse, the entire football team is a straight example, rating girls according to how hot they are and scoring points with each other for having sex with them.
  • Kill It with Fire: Rachel dies after getting trapped in the burning mansion.
  • Long Lost Sibling: Rachel turns out to be Carrie's half-sister, the two of them having both been fathered by Ralph White.
  • Lovable Jock: Jesse rejects his teammates' boorish behavior, and develops genuine feelings for Rachel.
  • Marked Change: After Rachel goes berserk, her tattoo of a thorny rose starts spreading itself all over her body, causing her to look as though she is covered in vines.
  • Meganekko: Monica is a subversion — while she's got the "good-looking in glasses" part down pat, she doesn't seem to care about the "pleasant" part.
  • Pass the Popcorn: A group of stoners sits outside the party in their truck, watching as Rachel burns the place down. One of them comments, "Dude, we're missing one killer party."
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Rachel.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Retcon: In the original book, Ralph White died in a construction accident in 1963 and Carrie's powers came from her mother's side of the family.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Sadly enough, the Jerk Jock villains were based on an actual incident — specifically, that of the Spur Posse, a group of athletes at a California high school (so named because their leader was a fan of a player on the San Antonio Spurs) who used a point system to keep track of and compare their sexual conquests. Unlike this film's group of Asshole Victims, the Spur Posse not only wound up being let off on charges of statutory rape, but made the tabloid "trash TV" circuit afterwards.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • Role Reprisal: Amy Irving reprises her role as Sue from the first film over 20 years after its release.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sequel: The Original Title
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: Averted. Not only do they put Rachel in foster care the moment they find out how her mother is abusing her, they send her mother to a mental hospital as well.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay:
    Eric: How about I swing by when you get off work, I'll take you out for a little cruise? Come on, I don't bite. Unless you want me to.
    Rachel: I don't think so.
    Eric: Why not?
    Rachel: 'Cause I'm a dyke.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Sue Snell.
  • Theme Naming: Rachel, Monica, and Bing all share their names with characters from Friends.
  • There Are No Therapists: Subverted. The therapist is one of the main characters, and a survivor from Carrie's rampage in the original. She doesn't survive the sequel, though.
  • Wild Teen Party: The climax, replacing the prom from the original.
  • X Meets Y: Carrie meets every late 90's teen movie ever made.
  • Zen Survivor: Sue, who is now a school psychiatrist. When she learns about Rachel's powers, she immediately steps in to try to help her, hoping to prevent her from going nuclear like Carrie did. She fails, and gets killed for her effort.