YMMV / The Rage: Carrie 2

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did Eric see Lisa as just another notch on his bedpost? Or did he genuinely care for her, but couldn't deal with peer pressure?
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • The scene where Lisa kills herself, already meant to be tragic, became even worse after the Phoebe Prince incident and other teen suicides.
    • Eric, as well as the rest of the football team, get away with raping a girlnote  because of their "bright futures" with football, with his father defending his actions. Take out the suicide and change the sport to swimming, and you have the story of Brock Turner. That said, given that the villains were already Ripped from the Headlines even at the time the film was made, another incident like it happening was, regrettably, to be expected.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the film, the villains are let off for driving Lisa to suicide. Fourteen years later, the real-life Steubenville rape case ended with the exact opposite outcome.
  • Hollywood Homely: Rachel's friend is called a Coyote Ugly date. The actress playing her, Mena Suvari, is not only a model, but played a popular character in American Beauty the exact same year.
  • Sequelitis: If you ignore the fact that it's a sequel, it's a great midnight movie, being filled with heaping helpings of extreme violence and late '90s, WB-teen-horror cheese. But as a follow-up to a classic, it's a failure.
  • Special Effects Failure: Bad CGI, bad CGI everywhere! While it may be justified due to it being made in the late '90s, it still doesn't account for the fact that all the CGI appears to come from Photoshop.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Sue. Not only does her investigation of Rachel's origins have little to do with the rest of the film, she gets unceremoniously killed off as soon as she reaches the action during the climax. Knowing that the film was a Dolled-Up Installment, it's clear that she was shoehorned in during rewrites in order to connect the film to the original.
  • Values Resonance: It's a horror film about a cultural obsession with sex, and toxic forms of masculinity, made in 1998. Such things were often joked about at the time and frequently dismissed with "boys will be boys", but by the '10s, they had become hot-button issues and major subjects of national debate.


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