YMMV: Carrie

  • Acceptable Religious Targets: Christian fundamentalists. To be fair, the novel makes it clear that Margaret's behavior is not typical of most Christians. In the 2013 film, Carrie specifically points out to her mother that her most insane dogma is nowhere in the Bible.
    • The novel (and a few of the adaptations) also makes it pretty clear that Margaret's religious mania is simply the result of a very mentally disturbed woman latching onto Christianity in a time of sadness and desperation. One of the fictional book passages goes into Margaret's backstory and reveals that she began attending fundamentalist prayer meetings after the violent death of her father. There she meet Ralph White (Carrie's father) who was most assuredly not the best partner for someone like Margaret; their relationship is very codependent and toxic and Ralph's own fundamentalism just makes Margaret's worse. By the time Carrie is sixteen, Margaret has gone off the deep end and basically created her own version of Christianity based on her own interpretations and dogma, to the point where she holds weekly services with herself as the minister and makes up Bible quotes to suit her agenda. The novel does a great job of making it clear that Margaret's extremism is the product of her own instability, not necessarily because of Christianity itself. As a result, Margaret comes off a lot less of a strawman for Christian fundamentalists and more of a realistic portrayal of what many fundamentalists actually are.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people have only heard of the book as a result of this movie.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The DePalma film has a random scene where Tommy and his friends go shopping for their tuxedos. In the middle of the scene, it suddenly speeds up and fast forwards for no reason whatsoever.
  • Cult Classic: While it's still as revered as ever by horror fans, a lot of people watch for its '70s camp and for being able to relate to Carrie's high school hell.
    • The Musical adaptation as well. Although it was never officially recorded, bootleg recordings have helped maintain a fanbase.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Due to how well known the story is, reading the book/watching the film can be a pretty sour experience. You know something terrible is coming, so the few scenes where Carrie genuinely appears happy will always have a sense of dread over them. Even if you're not familiar with the story, being Genre Savvy enough to know what direction it's going in can dampen the mood.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Well, let's see. A girl, sweet and shy, is bullied mercilessly by her classmates. She has a trait that makes her different—not evil, just different. When she reveals this trait to her fanatically Christian mother, her mother decides to murder her. Finally embracing this trait ultimately gets the girl killed. (And, in some versions she kills herself.) Put in that context, the entire thing can be read as a Coming-Out Story Gone Horribly Wrong. And that's not even mentioning the fact that the mother literally keeps her in a closet. It's no surprise that the story has a massive LGBT Fanbase.
  • Ear Worm: Most of the songs in The Musical, but especially "The World According to Chris" and "A Night We'll Never Forget."
  • Fanfic Fuel: If this was set in the Marvel Universe, either Magneto would find out about Carrie White and approach her as a prime candidate for The Brotherhood, or Professor Xavier would detect her burgeoning telekinetic power as she goes berserk at the prom and scramble The X-Men to get her under control before things get out of hand.
  • Freud Was Right: Listen to Margaret White's screams in the '76 movie as she dies — it sounds like she's getting off. Her sexual repression was discussed prior to this, so it's not as if there wasn't a reason for it to sound that way. Piper Laurie herself admitted that was the type of sound effect she was going for.
  • Glurge: Tommy's kiss with Carrie in the DePalma film. Intended as a Heartwarming Moment, but the WAFF contains a lot of Fridge Horror when you think about it:
    • Tommy is in a relationship with Sue. Kissing Carrie counts as cheating on her.
    • Carrie knows that Tommy isn't romantically interested in her. Kissing her is going to confuse her and make her think her could possibly have feelings for her when he doesn't.
    • Carrie is emotionally unstable and underdeveloped. It's quite similar to making a pass on a mentally handicapped girl.
    • Had the prank not happened, Tommy would likely have never seen Carrie again. Thus making this quite close to a one-night-stand.
  • Hell Is That Noise
    • The buzzing static noise on the soundtrack when Carrie snaps and begins to take her revenge on the students.
    • "They're all going to laugh at you! They're all going to laugh at you! They're all going to laugh at you!"
    • Sometimes, in the 2013 version, Carrie's powers will cause a loud groan.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: For decades, Carrie: The Musical was considered to be the biggest flop in Broadway history. Recently, though, its Medal of Dishonor has been claimed by another Broadway adaptation of an existing property — the infamous Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. And now, the theatrical remake of Carrie is being written by... Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, one of the writers who had been brought in in the hopes of fixing Turn Off the Dark after Julie Taymor left/was fired from it. Nearly twenty-five years later, Carrie is once again associated (at least tangentially) with a notorious disaster from the Great White Way.
  • Hollywood Homely: Played with. In the book, Carrie is described as being slightly overweight and having acne on her neck, back and buttocks. However, most of her isolation from her classmates comes from her social awkwardness and her fundamentalist mother, not her unattractiveness. Furthermore, it's directly stated that her body burns a lot of energy when she's using her telekinesis (it's part of what ultimately kills her at the end), so her practicing with it during the course of the story could well have slimmed her down a bit.
    • It's also safe to assume that Carrie's acne could have cleared up by the end.
    • The '76 version casts Sissy Spacek in the role. She's far too pretty to be considered a freak, but it's shown that she would look better if she made an effort with makeup and flattering clothes, which she does at the prom. Furthermore, the same film cast an overweight actress to play Helen, one of Chris' friends (albeit the Butt Monkey of the group), implying that Chris' hatred of Carrie had little to do with looks.
    • Averted with Angela Bettis in the '02 version, who was definitely believable as a freak.
    • Go to the '13 version's IMDb page. Scroll down to the forum. Half of the comments will be people arguing over whether or not Chloe Moretz is too pretty to play Carrie.
  • It Was His Sled: By now, it's a Foregone Conclusion that any version of this story will end with Carrie getting pranked and killing everyone. The 2013 adaptation abandons any pretense of suspense on this point, outright showing the prank in the trailer.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: A common criticism of the 2013 remake.
  • Just Here for Godzilla / Watch It for the Meme: Watching it for the much homaged pig's blood scene and subsequent rampage.
  • Les Yay:
    • Carrie and Miss Collins in the original movie. It doesn't help that Betty Buckley said that she played Miss Collins as a lesbian...
    • A case could be made for Sue and Carrie in the '02 version. Sue gives Carrie beauty tips, gives her mouth to mouth CPR, and takes her to Florida to hide. She even jokes about being a lesbian with Carrie.
    • The revival version of the musical, while it makes a huge production out of Sue and Tommy's romance, also has Sue practically obsessed with Carrie after her Heel-Face Turn and includes the Died in Your Arms Tonight scene in a way that can look extremely romantic - especially considering what would have just happened to Tommy at the time!
    • The song "Once You See" in particular has the feel of a love ballad, and has Sue realizing that she now truly knows how she made Carrie feel. It sounds almost like a "realizing you're in love" song.
    • The Viral Marketing for the '13 version includes a "Find Carrie" app that has, as its premise, you sneaking into Carrie's house and finding that she's in love with you. The app links into Facebook to put your name and your profile picture into a high school yearbook, with the word "FOREVER" written underneath it and stars drawn around it, as well as a piece of paper with a drawn picture of a street and a house that says "[Insert Name] Lives Here" and where Carrie lives. People on your friends list make up the rest of the yearbook, most of them with their names and pictures crossed out. Any woman who uses the app might find that she has an admirer/stalker...note 
    • In the 2013 version, when their dates are playfully manhandling each other, a girl tells Carrie "if they kill each other, I'll dance with you." This conversation does happen in the novel as well.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Chiefly due to the fact that Carrie's powers could easily be read as a metaphor for homosexuality. See Does This Remind You of Anything? above.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "They're all gonna laugh at you!"
      • It's even given a techno remix in the sequel.
    • The term "dirty pillows" has become a satirical euphemism for breasts, used primarily to make fun of prudish Moral Guardians.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • The first five minutes establish Chris by having her lead her classmates in chucking tampons at Carrie, who's cowering naked in the corner of the shower while having her first period, all while chanting, "Plug it up! Plug it up! Plug it up!" And that's before the pig blood prank. By the end of the film, you're rooting for her to die.
    • The pig blood prank was masterminded by Billy Nolan, making it his moral event horizon.
    • In the book, Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher who had been very helpful to Carrie throughout the novel, laughs at her with the rest of them when the prank occurs, although she does express regret later on. Carrie also learns through crude emotional telepathy that Miss Desjardin (who enjoyed slapping Carrie in the showers) feels a mixture of pity for her and annoyance at her social awkwardness. Averted in the film adaptations, though, including the original where it's implied Carrie is only imagining her laughing.
    • Margaret probably crossed it long before the story begins (probably the second she first locked Carrie in a prayer closet, actually), but when she decides to murder her daughter, you know there's absolutely no hope of her ever being redeemed.
  • Narm:
    • Certain elements of Carrie's rampage in the 2013 version can come off this way, particularly waving her arms while using her powers and literally flying out of the gym. Bob Chipman, in his review, compared it to "Magneto poses".
      • The 2002 version was much worse in this regard. The slow-motion shots of the teachers saying, "Carrie, look at me!" are too comically deep, the music completely fails to give the scene a scary or intense feel (sounding more comic than frightening), the flying furniture looks utterly ridiculous (and doesn't actually hit anybody), the promgoers' deaths are acted very badlynote , and even when Carrie is killing everyone, she just stands there with no facial expression whatsoever, flicking her head now and then like a bobblehead doll. To say nothing of the copious jitter-cam, which looks less like Carrie is using her powers and and more like the cameraman is having a seizure.
    • The 2013 version's alternate ending. In it, once more a bloodied arm grabs hold of Sue before she wakes up screaming... only this time, it comes out of her, while she's giving birth. It's no wonder why they changed the ending for the theatrical version. Not only was it unoriginal, it was just plain ridiculous.
    • This horrific line from the 2002 version:
      Chris: "This is so far from over! This isn't even in the same AREA CODE as OVER!!"
      • This may be Lamp Shaded in the 2013 version, where Chris says one of the most cliche movie lines in existence.
        Chris: This isn't over! Not by a long shot!
    • In the novel, in one of Carrie's first moments of rebelling against her mother, she screams into Margaret's face "YOU SUCK!"
    • The first movie wasn't all that safe either though it's not as bad as the ones mentioned above. Tommy getting hit with the bucket, especially in slow-motion, makes him look overly dramatic, especially when he falls forward towards Carrie. Justified as this suddenly had some prom-goers (even after Carrie's hallucination) suddenly laughing for real.
  • Narm Charm: The 2013 film's version of the "Tommy-and-his-buddies-buying-suits" scene is this because it basically interrupts the movie for a 15-second "Diane Young" music video, complete with the guys doing goofy dances.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The ending of the original film is often ranked up there with some of the greatest scary moments of all time. Many people, not knowing that Carrie was the first horror film ever to have a shock ending, wonder why, seeing as how it's now practically expected of a horror film to shock the audience one last time. Nowadays, the final scene in Carrie doesn't seem so scary anymore.
  • Sequelitis: The Rage: Carrie 2.
  • Signature Scene: The prom.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: You shouldn't EVER laugh at others' misfortune.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Don't bully the unpopular girl, or she'll use her telekinetic powers to murder you all horribly.
    • The trope is starting to lose its "Space Whale" aspect in these days of school shootings.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The Conspicuous CG in the '02 version.
    • At the time the musical was made, there was no convincing way to make Carrie move objects around with her powers. So... they just didn't try at all. Instead, she seemed to kill people by using lasers, flashing lights, and a disco ball.
    • While filming the original movie, John Travolta was so nervous about hitting Nancy Allen that he could only get up the courage to give very soft light slaps to the face with the back of his hand. They tried to cover this by adding in the sound effect of a loud painful open palmed strike, and it's pretty obvious.
    • Most, if not all the CGI imagery in the sequel.
    • The scene in the 2013 version of Carrie flying out of the gym. The green screen is egregious.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The sequel's an alright movie on its own, but following a classic like this? It's guaranteed to get trashed.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The '76 version, and is it ever. Pretty much every modern review of the film notes just how much it evokes The Seventies, to the point where it can be difficult for a younger viewer to appreciate it underneath all the camp and ridiculously dated fashions.
    • The 2002 version too seeing a teenage girl actually use her cell phone to CALL SOMEONE instead of texting isn't nearly as common in 2014.
  • Values Dissonance: Present in the novel but justified since it's explicitly set in the 70s and things are updated in the more modern films. For example Miss Desjardin doesn't slap Chris as she did in the novel - these days a teacher hitting a student would be fired on the spot. Likewise the 2013 film states that social services stepped in to stop Margaret from home-schooling Carrie.
  • Values Resonance: Possibly the reason why it was remade in 2013. School bullying (particularly cyber-bullying) is now seen as a far greater issue than it was in The Seventies, something that director Kimberly Peirce has repeatedly brought up in interviews.
  • What an Idiot: Chris in the 2013 version posts the video of the prank she and the other girls pulled on Carrie on Youtube - providing ample proof for her suspension.
    • Also, Sue trying to look for Chris at the prom to stop her, instead of using that precious time to just run over to Tommy and Carrie and warn them about Chris' foreboding text.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Some people felt Chloe Moretz was too pretty to play Carrie.
    • A few people have felt that it's a bit weird to see Edie Mc Clurg playing a teenager, especially considering the fact that her most notable roles have been playing middle-aged women. What's even weirder is to see her playing one of the popular girls, despite being a bit hefty and having huge glasses.
  • The Woobie: Carrie of course (is also a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds), but also Sue, who only wanted Carrie to be happy, and ended up possibly afflicted with some form of guilt disorder, especially in the original film.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Possibly Chris in the book and 2013 film, given how terribly her boyfriend treats her and how negligent her father is about her obvious social and mental problems.
      • In the 2013 version, after Carrie kills Billy, Chris is at first in shock, but then breaks down and cries. Granted, she deserved it, and definitely deserved what Carrie did to her next, but in that moment, it's hard not to feel a little bit of sympathy for her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In the '76 version of the movie, Tommy kisses Carrie at the prom. He's still Sue's boyfriend, and the deal was only for him to take Carrie to the prom, not kiss her...