Just for starters...why didn't anybody intervene in Carrie's home life before her senior year in high school? Were all of her relatives dead or so distant that they couldn't come and see what sort of grade-A loony was raising her? And didn't the teachers in that school notice that something was really, badly wrong?
No one ever knew just how abusive her home life was. Carrie didn't come forward about it, and they never had guests over, so as far as anyone could tell she was just a girl being raised by a religious nut case. Which is not illegal by itself.
Her neighbors in The Remake knew what Margaret was like. Why didn't THEY do anything?
One of the neighbors in The Remakedid make an aborted attempt to help in the flashback. You can see one of the men run to the front door when young Carrie starts screaming, but he's driven back when fire starts raining from the sky. After fireballs falling from the sky, they were probably too afraid to try again.
The same reason such things happen in Real Life - they "don't want to get involved" because it doesn't directly effect them.
Especially true of child abuse. Back in the early 1960s, it often went unreported. "It's none of our business." In the book, the neighbors were part of the reason the rock incident happened in the first place — and they still ended up concluding "it's none of our business." The "whore of Babylon" wanted to do something, but her mother talked her out of it.
Also, the sensibility towards that sort of thing has dramatically increased over the last few decades. Some forms of domestic violence were probably much more common back when the film was made (in the 70s, I believe?). Were I to start telling you about what we did to each other at my school, you'd have to basically arrest every last one of us.
In one of the in-universe books, they mention that they would have to isolate or even kill those with the TK gene. Um...why? Carrie snapped because of years of torment, it's not as though telekinetics will inherently up and kill everyone.
Will it matter to the potential victims? Nobody can guarantee that it onlly takes years of torment to make a Person of Mass Destruction snap, and that is disregarding those who might actively use the power for malicious purposes.
At the very end of the book, Amelia Jenks' letter shows that she's concerned about Annie's TK only because it seems to be associated with heart trouble in the family. We'll have to imagine what a TK child raised in a small Tennessee town by a loving mother will be like later.
Chris Hargensen. Paternal Love Is Blind, but still...shenanigans like putting a firecracker in another girl's shoe should have tipped Daddy Dearest off that his little girl was growing up to be a very nasty piece of work indeed.
As wrong as it seems, some parents WILL just chalk up something like that to "youthful high spirits" and see nothing really wrong with it.
How come Carrie ends up killing the people who didn't bully her?
As far as she's concerned, they're as bad as the ones who did, most likely.
EVERYONE LAUGHED AT HER. Except in the film where she thinks EVERYONE IS LAUGHING AT HER. In her mind nobody was less cruel
In the book it was clear that she is punishing the town for keeping their nose out of her Domestic Abuse situations. In Real Life it's considered as bad as abusing the child.
"Keeping their nose out..." Excuse me but, what? Half of the town didn't even know who Carrie was until Prom Night.
Didn't matter. When someone goes off the rails like that, everybody within range is guilty by association.
Carrie lost it. She resented the whole school for ignoring or actively bullying her (I'm sure many a troper can sympathise with that). The bullying she had is worse than shoujo manga, and far less optimistic.
And in the 2013 version, she noticeably only targets those who victimized her, sparing the town. Though there probably was also "collateral damage" at the prom.
How are the people at the prom not gagging at the smell of the blood?
Do you mean while it's in the bucket above the stage? It's probably too far up to be detected, and IIRC it was partially frozen (I might be sketchy on that last detail). Do you mean after it's dumped on Carrie? Probably because a fire starts soon after and the smell of burning wood, paper, cloth and flesh is a little more immediate.
In the 2013 version, Sue does start gagging at the smell of the blood when she's working on the prom decorations. Given that she had to climb a ladder on the stage and get physically close to the bucket before she smelled it, it's likely that it was too far up for anybody else to notice.
Actually, she started gagging because of a combination of vertigo and morning sickness. Chris and co only snuck the blood in the night before the prom(because otherwise, you have to wonder why nobody noticed the broken glass at the emergency exit for over a day).
pregnancy can also increases your sense of smell. So a combination of all three is possible.
Why in all the movies Carrie start her murdering rampage while IN the school building? The book is clear that Carrie first LEFT the school, fell on the grass, thought how her mother was right and then snapped. Both in 1976, the 2002 and (assuming by the trailer) 2013 film version Carrie snapped seconds after getting covered in pig's blood and left the school only after most of the students were dead.
Dramatic convenience and medium constraints. In a book, you can take time out before your big action finale to examine a character's thoughts. In a movie, the scene would end up just having the actress laying on the ground talking to herself to remind the audience of what they saw ten minutes before. Makes more sense to have her snap right at the emotional climax of the scene.
Also, if it was like in the book, Carrie's actions would look more premeditated in the films as she would have been shown to think it over before starting the rampage. Having her snap instantaneously keeps her sympathetic.
I know the 2013 version wouldn't work without it, but it seems like Child Protective Services wasn't doing its job. Seriously, it's bad enough to forbid her mother to homeschool Carrie, but you don't take the child away? Maybe the horrific prayer closet didn't exist then?
They may not have been aware of the full extent of Margaret's abuse. If Carrie is like most abused children, she may have feared Margaret's retaliation if she spoke up. With no physical signs (the abuse appeared mostly emotional and verbal) and no testimony from the child, it would be very difficult to prove that any abuse had occured. Even if the prayer closet did exist, Margaret could have easily explained it away as a shrine for religious practice. Again, unless Carrie admitted that she'd been thrown into it, CPS wouldn't have any proof. And all of that is assuming that CPS was even involved; the school district could have easily revoked Margaret's homeschooling privileges without involving CPS, since homeschooling has to meet district standards of education.
Margaret's character doesn't make sense to me. To elaborate, she's such an over-the-top psycho with all the latent horror associated with every religious fanatic stereotype that would make members of WBC cringe! First of all, she's quoting things that aren't even in the Bible*
which Carrie herself lampshades in the 2013 version
, and believes that the normal things in female biology (ie: menstral cycles, developing breasts) are either punishments or proof that you've committed sin. How the hell does a grown woman believe that having breasts is a sign that you 'weren't raised right'? Second, contrary to popular "common knowledge", Christians don't preach that Sex Is Evil. Granted, I'll let that slide a bit since that tenet of hers seems more from a Freudian Excuse than doctrine, but how does she expect the human race to perpetuate itself?! She seems to be more a case of Rule of Scary applied to The Fundamentalist than The FundamentalistUp to Eleven*
. Plus, she seems for the most part to be trying to do what's best for Carrie, but she pulls a friggin' knife on the girl and tries to murder her! I guess it wouldn't bug me so much if it weren't for the occasional Hollywood Atheist pointing to Margaret White as a "perfect example" of why Religion Is Evil.
As weak as it sounds she was serious nuts even by The Fundamental standards. It's implied in some version Carrie's father and her mother hosed her up just as bad as she did to Carrie.
What was the point of the teen pregnancy plot line in the '13 version? Seem unnecessary.
Is it it just me or is the 2013 version of Sue Snell a little unsettling? She has very little personal interaction with Carrie which makes her obsession with Carrie seem... well more obsessional than empathetic. Then there was her ordering Tommy to ask Carrie out again after Carrie said no, which implied she was more interested in turning Carrie into an ersatz version of herself than the girl's actual desires ("I want to go to prom so of course Carrie should go to prom"). Not that Sue's intentions aren't good but she does come across as a little creepy.