Tear Jerker / Carrie

  • The ending of the film, with Sue's dream of visiting Carrie's burned-down house to leave flowers... at least, before she gets grabbed by Carrie's arm. Also, the scene immediately afterwards, which has Sue screaming and thrashing about uncontrollably as her mother attempts to calm her down
    • Just think about what the dream implies. Sue really had tried to give Carrie a nice time in her life, to make up for mocking her earlier, and the whole thing goes horribly. In the dream, Sue is still trying to be nice to Carrie, leaving flowers on her grave, only for Carrie to try to attack her. In her traumatized mind, Sue probably imagines there's no way she could ever be forgiven by Carrie. And when Sue dies some day... Carrie will be waiting for her.
  • How about the sequence of Carrie walking to the stage after being elected prom queen? It's so heartwarming and sad because we know what's going to happen and this is the happiest moment of her life and is about to be ruined.
    • The look on Carrie's face when after she's drenched in pig's blood. She is so cruelly humiliated...in front of the entire school.
  • The scene just before the prank is pulled off makes it even more tragic. Sue visits the prom to see Tommy and Carrie, spots the cord that will dump the pig blood, and tries to warn Miss Collins... who throws her out of the prom just seconds before Chris pulls the cord. The whole thing could have been prevented.
  • Carrie getting stabbed by her mother in the movie. We have Carrie, who just calmed down from her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, washing the blood off of her body before redressing herself. At her most sad and scared, she seeks her mother for comfort. Margaret seems to actually have felt sympathy for her for the first time and gets her to share a prayer with her. It seems like a heartwarming moment, but then, while Carrie's busy hugging her during the prayer, Margaret stabs her in the back with a butcher knife she kept hidden. Carrie is bleeding to death and when she struggles to go down the stairs and escape from her mother, her mother even takes her sweet time to walk down, knowing Carrie can't go too far because of the stab wound. The music itself adds both a mix of terror and sadness. Even after Carrie kills her, she feels guilty about it. To make matters even worse, her powers overdo it and cause the house to collapse. The last thing she does before succumbing to her fatal injuries is drag her mother into the prayer closet with her so she wouldn't die alone.
  • The Fridge Horror implications in the 1976 movie that Carrie actually brought down the house on herself out of shame, guilt and desperation.
  • Just the sheer implications of the entire novel. The prom prank didn't need to have gone as horribly as it did. It's explicitly stated in the novel by a survivor (and one of the girls who scorned Carrie, nonetheless) that everybody started laughing because there was literally nothing else they could do (think of how many times you've felt a giggle come out during the most inappropriate times.) They weren't laughing at Carrie, they were laughing because they couldn't process what had just happened. Had Carrie had the proper self-esteem and perspective, she could have laughed it off as well and turned it into a joke involving her instead of being at her expense. It could have very well been her rite of passage. But Carrie doesn't have this opportunity. She has been the butt of every single joke since starting school as a child. She has been abused, bullied, and scorned for as long as she can remember. What makes it so horrible is that this is the first time Carrie has ever been happy. She finally gets a taste of happiness and acceptance and then is made the laughingstock once again. She can't think rationally, this one prank is what finally pushes her over the edge and makes her snap. People like Carrie have been broken to the point that one wrongdoing makes them go off the deep end. Thinking of what could have been is truly heartrending.
    • It perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise that a common premise for Carrie fanfic is the Fix Fic in which the prom disaster never happens.
  • In the climax The Rage: Carrie 2 Rachel uses the last of her powers to save Jesse's life.
    • Later Jesse has a dream about Rachel visiting him and they kiss, before she explodes into dust. Doubles as Nightmare Fuel.
  • In the trailer for the new remake, there are a number of interviews playing over the action apparently after her rampage. It's the last one in particular that really underlines the tragedy of this entire debacle:
    Witness: There's one thing no one seems to understand. She wasn't some monster- she was just... a girl.
  • From a trailer in the 2013 version, the song Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow ? is playing. Espically sad if you know what's coming.
  • The death of Tommy, especially in the 2013 film. He's shown as being genuinely nice to Carrie, not simply because Sue asked him to. After the bucket falls on his head and kills him, Carrie cradles his head on her lap and weeps when she realizes he's dead.
  • In the 2013 remake, Carrie after killing her mother. Her regret along with her saying she wants her mom back just adds to the depressing situation.
  • From the 2013 version: "It's a girl."
  • In the 2013 version, when Carrie walks into her house, crying out "Mama?" It's at that point when she becomes a scared little girl and just wants to be safe and loved.
  • Didn't anybody cry during the scene Carrie killed the student who helped her understand YouTube? Considering he was trying to help her and not be cruel like all the other students. Carrie probably didn't even know it was him considering she had, at that point, become Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • The death of Chris in the 2013 version. Not because it wasn't deserved, but because seeing the look of fear on Chris' face actually makes Carrie come to her senses and hesitant to kill her. Then Chris tries to take advantage of this pause to run Carrie over, but crashes to her death instead, and the look of horror and sorrow on Carrie's face at this is just devastating.
  • Also from the 2013 film: A few scenes after Tommy asks Carrie to the prom, she's seen crying in the girls' locker room. Desjardin walks in and assumes Chris was bullying her again. Carrie tearfully tells her that she was asked to the prom by Tommy—- And she seriously asks why someone like him would ever want to go with someone like her. Just in case you needed more proof that the girl's self-esteem is pretty much nonexistent.
    • It's a version of a scene in the original, where Carrie tells the teacher that she's certain they're playing a trick on her, another way to show that Carrie has no self-esteem at all.
      • In the book, she quietly and reservedly tells Tommy himself that she knows it is a trick and she refuses to fall for it.
  • 2013 remake: Sue arrives at Carrie's house and sees her crying over Margaret's body. Carrie, believing that everything that happened was because of Sue, uses her powers and attempts to strangle her. When Sue begs for Carrie not to hurt her, Carrie's only response is a tearful "Why not? I've been hurt my whole life."
  • In any version, watching Carrie endure Margaret's abusive behavior, especially when you realize that despite everything, Carrie still loves Margaret and wants nothing more than for them to have a healthy mother-daughter relationship. (See how she seeks out Margaret for comfort and security after her rampage.) The worst part of all of it is that Margaret genuinely wants what's best for Carrie, but her idea of "what's best" is warped far beyond anything that could be called "good parenting". Kinda makes you wonder what kind of parents she had growing up.
    • Actually, Margaret's parents, at least in the book, were nice, normal people. It's never really explained where Margaret's psychotic fanaticism came from. She hated her stepfather, who called her "truck face" and was at least emotionally abusive. She likely suffered from mental illness, and found a like-minded religious fervour in her husband Ralph. After he died, she just got crazier.
      • Her insanity, like many people's, evolved from extreme fear. Margaret's grandmother used to terrify her with her TK ability coupled with dementia. She was "senile to the point of idiocy" relatively young, but used to light the fireplace remotely and do TK stunts at the dinner table, while laughing wildly and drooling or panting "like a dog on a hot day" and doing the Evil Eye hand signnote . She even seemed to have Glowing Eyes of Doom. Margaret seems to have turned to religion because she perceived her grandmother as having sold out to the Devil. When she saw Carrie floating her baby bottle soon after Gram died, she may even have thought Gram was influencing her from hell.
  • The fact that after everything that happened, someone went out of their way to put "Carrie White Burns In Hell" on Carrie's grave marker. It's all part of a dream sequence in the 1976 version, but it's real in the 2013 version. Margaret may have jumped off the religious deep end, but she had a point about one thing: This town suffered from a serious lack of common decency.
    • Even in the dream it's a sad image, and the fact that it was on a real estate sign, not even on her actual grave, makes it arguably more petty and desperate for the last word against her.
      • In the book it was real, and it said "Carrie White is burning for her sins. Jesus never fails."
  • Just think about the story for a moment. Carrie was just a sweet, shy girl who never wanted anything more than to be liked and cared for by people and to feel like someone, anyone, would love her in the way that her horrible mother never did. Carrie went through her whole life never harming a soul but being made to feel like something was inherently wrong with her and that she didn't deserve to be loved in the way that other people were. Then she finally meets people who actually want her to be happy and feels for just a moment that she has been accepted only to have it all ripped away in the cruelest manner imaginable. All Carrie ever wanted was to feel like she deserved to be happy and all she ever got was cruelty and suffering until it just became too much for her to bear. The most heartbreaking fact of all is that there are thousands, millions even, of people like that in real life who will someday snap because the world never gave them the kind of care that they needed.
    • It should be noted that King did know two girls in high school who were bullied horribly. By the time he started to write this novel, both of them were dead, one from suicide. It's extremely likely this message is exactly what he was going for on at least some level.
  • The ending of The Musical.
  • Also from The Musical, "Evening Prayers." In this version, Margaret genuinely loves Carrie, and is much more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist than the other versions, though she's still the antagonist. She sincerely apologizes to Carrie for causing her so much pain, and assures her that she will always love her. It's heartbreaking, especially if you know what happens in the end.
    • In a similar vein, "Carrie (Reprise)," sung by Margaret after the prom disaster, singing a lullaby to comfort Carrie just before she stabs her. Made even more heartbreaking that Margaret doesn't want to kill her daughter, but feels it's her Biblical duty. Jesus.
    Carrie: I love you, Momma.
    Margaret: I love you, Carrie. Baby, don't cry now...
    • These two lyrics, from "Evening Prayers" and "When There's No One," both sung by Margaret, and sung to the exact same notes.
      • First, in "Evening Prayers:"
    I never wanted to cause you such pain,
    but there are times when my life is so frightening.
    Maybe I do things that I can't explain,
    but my feelings for you will never change.
    • Then, in "When There's No One."
    Was I so foolish to think I can pray,
    when there's only one chance I can save you?
    I gave you life, I can take it away
    let the shadows descend like a knife.
  • The very end of the song "Epilogue." After Sue sings the last lyric, it fades into a soft reprise of Carrie's Leitmotif, which we've heard multiple times throughout the show. At first the song is triumphant, then it's terrifying on prom night, and at the end, as Carrie lays dead, it's just heartbreaking.
  • From the titular song, Carrie's soft and resigned, "I will not cry. I'm okay."
  • The song, "You Shine", becomes Harsher in Hindsight near the end, along with a tearful reprise of the chorus. Bear in mind, this is the last time she ever sees him.
    "I Love You." He's never said that before! That's what I remember most about that day.
  • In all versions, the ending shot of the words "Carrie White Burns in Hell" spray painted on her grave (or on the For Sale sign where her house used to be). She can't be free from the insults and the mocking even when she's dead!
  • Realizing that Bullying like this DOES exist. While people may not be dropping ground up pig on people (hopefully!), the fact that people can be this cruel in real life is hard to wrap one's mind around.
    • Related to that, realizing that some people, when constantly bullied and ridiculed, do end up snapping and killing numerous people, which makes the whole situation a vicious cycle of pain.
      • When you realized that Carrie endured a nonstop cycle of vicious abuse for 16 YEARS...
  • In the 2013 remake, the scene with Sue tearfully putting away her prom dress can be a little upsetting. It's more than obvious that she was really looking forward to one of the best nights of her life, and to completely miss out on it (for the better, at least) is an enormous sacrifice for her. And something similar happens to Chris right before this scene; just look at her face when she enters the empty, decorated gym. She's visibly heartbroken.
  • A scene in the 2002 TV remake has the detective visiting the ruined and abandoned White residence and rummages through a pile of belongings which included Carrie's yearbook. He turns to the "Signatures" part of the book only to see that they're completely blank. It's a very poignant moment that implied Carrie's sheer Friendless Background.
  • Although they were awful to Carrie, it's quite upsetting seeing the death of Nikki and Lizzy in the 2013 remake, especially for a twin. As Carrie holds them down and they're both panicking, one of the girls reaches out and grabs her sister's hand.
  • In the 1976 film, when Carrie cries to her mother about how the other girls laughed at her and threw things at her during the shower incident. It's so sad that after all the years of horrible abuse they hurled at her, she still wanted them to like her.
  • In her autobiography, Sue describes an interaction between Carrie and Tommy that took place right before the prom.
    Carrie went to see Tommy the day before the prom. She was waiting outside one of his classes and he said she looked really wretched, as if she thought he'd yell at her to stop hanging around and stop bugging him.
    She said she had to be in by eleven-thirty at the latest, or her momma would be worried. She said she wasn't going to spoil his time or anything, but it wouldn't be fair to worry her momma.
    Tommy suggested they stop at the Kelly Fruit after and grab a root beer and a burger. All the other kids would be going to Westover or Lewiston, and they would have the place to themselves. Carrie's face lit up, he said. She told him that would be fine. Just fine.
    This is the girl they keep calling a monster. I want you to keep that firmly in mind. The girl who could be satisfied with a hamburger and a dime root beer after her only school dance so her momma wouldn't be worried...

Alternative Title(s): Carrie 1976