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"You must renounce this power, you must give it up! You must never use it!"
Margaret White
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Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film, directed by Kimberly Pierce, and is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name. The film was produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The film was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems on October 18, 2013. The film stars Chloë Moretz as the titular Carrie White, and Julianne Moore as Carrie's mother, Margaret White, Judy Greer as Ms. Desjardin, Portia Doubleday as Chris Hargensen, Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell, Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross, and Alex Russell as Billy Nolan.

The film is a re-imagining of the classic horror story about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Moore), who uses her telekinetic powers with devastating effect after being a victim of a cruel prank at her senior prom.

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Carrie contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Margaret White, in true Carrie fashion. She has a tendency to slap Carrie, hit her in the head with a bible (a literal bible thumper), and even forcefully drag her into the prayer closet.
    • However, because she still shows some genuine love for her daughter in this version, she might be an example of a Well-Intentioned Extremist as she genuinely believes her own incoherent religious ramblings.
    • John Hargensen, Chris’s father, is implied to be an abusive parent in this version.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Tina is a redhead in the book but is brunette here.
    • Carrie's hair is mousy brown in the book, but blonde here.
  • Adaptational Badass: Carrie in the 2013 version is more well-adept on using her powers. She's also much more ruthless in punishing her tormentors.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Carrie here of course is not like the chunky, acne-covered girl in the book - but played by the very cute and clear-skinned Chloe Moretz.
    • Margaret White too, as her novel counterpart is described as ugly and overweight, while here she is played by the attractive Julianne Moore.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Minor example. Chris's father tries to sue the school in the book while fully aware of everything his daughter has done. In this, he seems to think she didn't do it, and appears to be furious with her when it's revealed she has a video of the prank. He’s still implied to be abusive towards her, so, yeah, minor.
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    • In the book, Sue quite willingly takes part in the tampon throwing, only stopping when Ms. Desjardin comes in. Here, she stops very quickly when she sees how badly Carrie is taking it.
    • In this version, Billy seems sincere when he tells Chris he'll help her get out of town, while in the book this was a lie and he intended to dump her soon afterward.
    • Margaret is still abusive, but unlike other versions she genuinely loves her daughter and has a lot of Pet the Dog moments. After the shower incident she express anger towards the girls who made fun of Carrie, asking Sue Snell's mother if "there are any good girls" in Chris' group, and when she tries to stab Carrie she's shown to be more remorseful, claiming that she tried to do the same thing when she was born, but she chose not to do it instead, even saying "God let me keep my little girl".
    • Zigzagged with Carrie White. In the novel, Carrie is fully aware of what she’s doing when exacting her revenge at prom, and intentionally heads home to kill her mother and eventually, Billy and Chris. The 1976 film heavily implied that Carrie lost control of her powers and is in a trance. The 2002 film has Carrie go in a trance and not have any memory of the prom massacre. In this film, Carrie is in complete control and is exacting her revenge with precision, and is clearly enjoying killing her tormentors, but it was likely just a simple adrenaline rush because she’s instantly horrified by her own actions while cleaning herself up at home. Once again, she only kills Margaret out of self-defense and not out of vengeance.
  • Adaptational Modesty:
    • As noted below, Carrie is covered up by a towel during the shower scene due to Chloe Moretz being underage. She was naked in the book and the other two films.
    • Inverted in another case, as this is the first film adaptation to show Tommy and Sue having sex (the scene was also filmed for the 1976 version but was cut, and is now lost).
    • Another inversion comes from the gym class scene. In the book and 70s film, it's a volleyball game (and baseball in the 2002 film). Here it's in the pool, getting the actresses into swimsuits (and giving Tommy a Shirtless Scene).
  • Adaptational Ugliness: Downplayed. Unlike earlier adaptations that portrayed Chris as part of The Beautiful Elite, here she is shown to be rather trashy - over-tanned, with too much make-up and ratty hair extensions. As noted below, this was done to give the impression that Chris could subconsciously be jealous of Carrie's more natural beauty.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • In true Carrie adaptation tradition, a girl gets this to become Chris's Beta Bitch. In this version it's Tina. The same could be said for the composite characters Heather and The Twins.
    • Chris is also more antagonistic to the girls than she is in the book and other adaptations. She verbally attacks Sue and the rest of her friends after she refuses to walk out of the detentions, is laughing cruelly at Carrie getting blood poured over her, and tries to run Carrie down towards the end. Even after Carrie spares her, she still tries to kill her.
  • Age Lift: In the book, Miss Desjardin is a young teacher on her first year - making her mid-20s. Judy Greer was in her mid-30s.
  • Alone in a Crowd: Chris, when none of her friends will walk out of the detention with her. It's also done with Carrie after the shower video is put on Youtube, as she walks down a hallway alone while everyone around her laughs at her. In fact, it’s implied throughout the whole film with Chris that, aside from Tina, even her own friends don’t like her.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the '13 version, when Sue tries to justify not apologizing to Carrie since Tommy never apologized to a bully he beat up, Tommy asks her, "What did Carrie White ever do to you?" (They have a similar conversation in the book as well.) Later on, Sue tries to use the same line against Chris, but she's completely unaffected by it.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Chris, Billy, Tina, Heather, Nicki, Lizzy, Jackie Talbott, and arguably some of the other prom-goers who tormented and/or laughed at Carrie. It’s hard to feel sympathy for Carrie’s bullies when they’re all laughing hysterically at the blood prank out of pure malice and from earlier in the film when they continued to bully her. Their own vile prank cost the life of Tommy Ross, an innocent, all for the sake of a cheap laugh so it’s no wonder most viewers don’t shed any tears for these characters when they eventually meet their brutal demise
    • Margaret White, too.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Averted. Portia Doubleday was made to look less attractive than Chloe Moretz, being done up like a spray-tanned Snooki/J-Woww wannabe, yet was playing the Alpha Bitch Chris to Chloe's freak loner Carrie. This creates the impression, on top of the characterization in the script, that Chris might be jealous of Carrie's looks.
  • Beautiful All Along: Arguably, Carrie, when she dresses up for prom (though she wasn't unattractive to begin with, merely unconfident with dowdy clothes).
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Chris' death, in which she gets thrown through a windshield after Carrie crashes Billy's car. Her face gets badly carved up, with several huge shards of broken glass sticking out of it.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason Miss Desjardin survives in this version with Carrie tossing her to safety.
  • Bi the Way: Chris and Tina, who share a kiss in a deleted scene after Billy goads them into doing so.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Both George and Erika are seen among the survivors after the prom scene. Points to George as he was right in the middle of the prom trying to help people escape.
  • Blatant Lies: Maybe because of some slight bad editing (which is likely since a lot of her scenes were deleted), but it seems that Heather is unaware that the prank is about to happen at first, as implied when she says at the Hair Salon that she knows Chris isn’t coming to prom because she’s suspended, and when she tells Sue at prom that Chris isn’t there. However, judging by her reaction to the eventual prank, which is glee and laughter, it becomes blatantly obvious that she knew the whole time and lied to Sue.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The film is noticeably a lot more bloody during the Prom Massacre than even the original film was. Also, near the end when Margaret tries to kill Carrie, she doesn't just stab her and then get killed by Carrie. She actually slashes both her leg and arm before Carrie kills her.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Chris's Girl Posse has Sue as the blonde, herself and Tina as brunettes, Heather as a redhead and the twins with black hair.
  • Callousness Towards Emergency: Billy doesn't react at all to the fact that the prank got Tommy killed. Chris at least is briefly taken aback, but it's quickly made clear that her main concern is getting out of town and not being arrested for it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Played with. Tina having a sexual relationship with her teacher, Mr. Ullman, just to get him to torment Carrie further is obviously repulsive, but it almost saves her life during Prom because he tries to find and help her and they head for an exit, before Carrie notices them in time and she starts to focus on killing Tina.
    • Margaret White’s kitchen knife, which she takes to Carrie’s room when she hears the ruckus when she’s practicing her telekinesis, this same knife is what she uses to cut her hand after escaping the closet (in a deleted scene), and to attack Carrie after she comes home from Prom.
    • Freddy “Beak” Holt’s camera, which he has in every scene he’s in, and what he uses to take photographs at prom, and what leads to his demise when Carrie sees him recording the massacre and sends him flying into a table out of anger for recording her.
    • Billy’s trademark sunglasses. He’s seen wearing them in his first scene with Chris and all the other girls outside the school, watching the shower video on Chris’s phone while Carrie just watches them as she’s leaving. He still wears them in nearly all of his scenes, and accidentally leaves them behind after the blood prank. Carrie sees these sunglasses after looking up at the stage, which is how she realizes that Chris was behind the prank.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. Carrie's mother cites teachings and verses that are so skewed and outrageous that Carrie outright states that they aren't even from the Bible.
  • Chunky Updraft: sort of. Immediately before to unleash her power, we can see that the pig's blood on Carrie's body starts to detach from Carrie's skin and to float in the air. Heather is the first to notice and some of the students -if not all of them- clearly notice this as well, having a Mass "Oh, Crap!" moment, Heather and a few others realize something is going very wrong and to try to exit the room before that the carnage starts. Obviously they fail, though Heather got very close to the exit but Carrie noticed her at the nick of time, and promptly flings her across the gym.
  • Composite Character: Heather, Nicki and Lizzy, George Dawson, and Erika Gogan are all an amalgamation of characters from the novel and previous film adaptations. Heather of Norma Watson and Helen Shyres, Nicki and Lizzy of the Thibodeau Sisters from the novel and the Wilson Sisters from the 1976 film, George Dawson takes on some characteristics of Roy Evarts from the novel and 2002 film, and Erika Gogan is a combination of Ruth Gogan and Freida Jason, both from the novel and 1976 film.
  • Creepy Twins: Nicki and Lizzie. Their movements are totally synchronized, their expressions are always identical, they hardly ever talk, and when they do, they talk at the same time.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Most of the prom goers, and Carrie’s bullies especially, as they’re her primary targets. Special mention goes to Tina (whipped by electric cords, unwittingly walking into a burning prop, burning to death as a result), Heather (being flung across the gym by Carrie and smashed into a gym door, for Sue to watch), Jackie (being bisected by the bleachers while trying to escape), Nicki and Lizzy (being knocked down by Carrie and forcefully held down to be trampled to death), and Chris (got her face stuck in the windshield after her car was hurled into the nearby gas pump, after which Carrie just walks away).
  • Daddy's Girl: Chris is a particularly toxic example. Her father is an Amoral Attorney who has spoiled her into a monstrous person, though he's also implied to be somewhat abusive.
  • Deadline News: While not necessarily a news crew, the prom massacre has Freddy “Beak” Holt pick up his camera to record Carrie before being killed by a flying table.
  • Death by Adaptation: Tina Blake and Heather. Tina survives in the novel but dies during prom, just like the other film versions. Heather is a composite character of Norma Watson and Helen Shyres, and Norma survives the prom massacre in the novel and 2002 version.
  • Decided by One Vote: Despite the contest clearly being rigged here, Carrie and Tommy still win by only one vote.
  • Demoted to Extra: A minor example. Kenny Garson was always a minor character even in the novel, but he was a supporting character in the 1976 and 2002 films as Norma and Tina’s boyfriend and accomplice in rigging the ballots (Jackie plays that role in this film), in this film he’s barely present, appearing in 3 scenes (one in which he’s at the farm ready to kill the pig with everyone else), only named once, and his death isn’t shown during prom, the last time he’s seen is when falls off the bleachers after Carrie forcefully closes them.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Chris got her lawyer father to threaten to sue the school since they didn't have proof she was involved in the "tampon shower" incident, it never occurred to her that the school might actually have proof (in the form of the video on her phone).
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Averted, at least in comparison to the other versions: Carrie causes massive property damage and a lot of panic, but only kills the people she thinks had a hand in the pig's blood prank (though it’s heavily implied that were some innocent casualties in the massacre). She even lets Miss Desjardin and Sue go unharmed.
    • Played with in the case of Freddy “Beak” Holt. While he was nice to her and was helping her out in the library with her research, he started to record the prom massacre and Carrie was obviously mad that he was recording her most humiliating moment of her life and promptly killed him with a flying table. Even then, he was still an innocent who had nothing to do with the prank.
    • This version adds another layer: An offhand comment from Chris implies that Carrie has, on occasion, parroted some of her mother's more extreme beliefs about her classmates in front of them. While one can certainly understand them being annoyed by that, their abuse of her is rightly treated as an overreaction.
  • Driven to Suicide: Carrie White lets her house crumble above her as she wants to die with her mother.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The 2013 version has Sue visiting Carrie's grave and placing a single white rose by the headstone, which is vandalized with the words "Carrie White Burns In Hell". The headstone cracks and Carrie screams, hinting that she's Not Quite Dead. (There's no indication that this is a dream sequence this time.)
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Sue is clearly shocked when she shows up at the prom and realizes what Chris is about to do. She even tries to call out to her, but Chris ignores her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Jackie Talbott, in Billy's posse, is charged with killing the pig whose blood is used to humiliate Carrie simply couldn't bring himself to murder a helpless animal even after "psyching himself up" with cheap macho bravado. This just rubs in how evil Billy is when he kisses the same hammer and gleefully brings it down on the poor swine.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Subverted. It takes Carrie dropping a light pole onto the car, after it's been crashed into a gas station, to blow it up.
  • Evil Gloating: Chris sends Sue a text just before the prank to tell her she's about to hurt Carrie. This almost backfires, as Sue comes charging over to stop it, but is caught and thrown out before she can.
    • While Tina is collecting the ballots from Tommy and Carrie, she wishes them “good luck” with a suspicious smile.
    • Carrie White is also an example, as she has a slight evil smile on her face while killing all of her bullies.
  • Fall Guy: Billy certainly thinks Chris intends to use him as this if she blows the prank and gets caught, and angrily threatens her not to.
  • Fake Shemp: As Chloe Moretz was underage at the time - and therefore could only work for eight hours a day - several scenes had to be shot without her on set. For example a lot of Julianne Moore's scenes had her reading her lines to director Kimberley Peirce. And the gas station scene was shot without Carrie, who was then digitally inserted afterwards.
  • Fan Disservice: When Mrs. Snell pops into her shop, Margaret lifts up her skirt to Show Some Leg - and proceeds to cut herself with a seam ripper.
  • Fanservice: That being said, the gym class scene now happens in a pool, allowing the female cast to get into swimsuits and Tommy to have a Shirtless Scene. Sue and Chris also have some Who Wears Short Shorts? scenes.
  • Flat "What": When Tommy asks Carrie to the prom, after a moment of stunned silence this is the only reaction she is able to produce.
    Tommy: So you know the prom is next week? I was wondering, if you don't have a date already, maybe you want to go with me?
    Carrie: ...What?
  • Forced to Watch: Sue, when she sees the bucket fall on Tommy’s head, and when she sees Heather flung towards the gym doors, cracking the glass and leaving it blood-stained. George and Ms. Desjardin are also forced to watch Tina be whipped with loose cables and be burned alive by Carrie.
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: After Chris posts the shower incident online, there's a scene of Carrie walking down a hall by herself, while everyone she passes turns to smirk or laugh at her, indicating that pretty much the whole school has seen the video.
  • Get a Room!: Billy jokingly tells Chris and Tina to kiss when they start fooling around on Chris's bed. They don't in the theatrical cut, but there's an alternate take of the scene where they do.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Notably in this adaptation, the most moral characters in the story - Carrie and Sue - are shown with blonde hair.
  • Hope Spot: There's a brief moment where it looks like the prank isn't going to go off. First, Chris and Billy start fighting over who pulls the rope, as neither wants to do it themselves. Then they have a hard time getting the bucket to turn over, and it looks like the rope might break without dropping the blood. This is just to increase the suspense, since everyone knows it's still going to happen.
    • A villainous example is also present. Heather is the first promgoer to notice that blood is levitating off of Carrie, and promptly rushes to the gym doors and almost makes it before Carrie sees her and flings her across the gym.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Inverted. While the 2013 version is still R-rated, the opening shower sequence is significantly toned down in comparison to its 1976 counterpart, especially in terms of nudity. This is justified by the fact that Chloë Moretz was barely fifteen at the time; social services and law enforcement (not to mention Moral Guardians) would have had a field day if Kimberly Peirce decided to film her the same way that Brian De Palma filmed the twenty-six-year-old Sissy Spacek. The added violence and bloodshed during Carrie's rampage almost feels like a way to make up for it.
  • Hot for Teacher: In one scene in class, Tina is shown flirting with the teacher.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tommy (played by 6'4" Ansel Elgort) and Carrie (5'4" Chloe Moretz). The height difference between the two is particularly noticeable in the scene where Tommy comes to Carrie's house - Tommy has to hunch over just to stay in frame with Carrie.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: Sue Snell is spared at the last minute when Carrie realises she's pregnant.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Chris films Carrie's humiliation in the shower and posts it on YouTube. By the next day, most of the school has seen it. It bites her in the ass when Miss Desjardin and the principal use the video to point to her as the ringleader of the prank.
  • It's All About Me: Chris makes this clear when she claims that there would be no prom if she and her friends were banned from it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • During her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Sue, Chris states that Sue didn't keep running Miss Desjardin's suicide runs because she believed she needed to be punished, she did it so she could still go to prom, which is what she really wanted, capping it off by telling her "You don't give a shit about Carrie White, and everyone knows it." The expression on Sue's face states clearly that the barb hit home, and she starts concocting her prom scheme in the very next scene (and we all know how that turned out.)
    • Just before the pig's blood prank, Billy tells Chris flat-out that what they're doing is criminal, and angrily tells her she'd better not blame it on him if things go south.
  • Kick the Dog: Carrie reads a poem for her English class, and the teacher describes it as incredibly disturbing, asking Carrie is she's done or if she wants to torment them some more. Tommy's first sign of character development is him Calling the Old Man Out by muttering "asshole." When the teacher asks what he said, Tommy replied that "Awesome. I thought Carrie's poem was awesome. Didn't you?"
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Having finally been pushed too far, Carrie lets loose a shriek of rage that knocks everyone at the prom off their feet before letting loose with her abilities on her tormentors.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The reaction of everyone at the prom when Carrie finally goes off at the deep end and lashes out in her fury.
  • Matricide: Carrie impales her own mother with dozens of knives using telekinesis, though in her defense, Margaret had tried to kill her first.
  • Meaningful Background Event: When Miss Desjardin is confronting Sue and Tommy about asking Carrie to the prom, Tina gives Sue a cold look as she walks by, indicating that Chris's gang are no longer on good terms with her. Same thing with The Twins and Tina in the background of the gym when students are decorating for prom, it looks like they’re just watching the shower incident video yet again until you realize that they probably schemed together to play the video after the blood dump.
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: The first international movie poster for the 2013 version of the film simply shows a close-up of Chloë Moretz as Carrie, drenched in blood, with the Tag Line "YOU WILL KNOW HER NAME," playing off of the original film's fame to do most of the heavy lifting.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The film opens with Margaret giving birth to Carrie, and contemplating murdering her. A version of the above scene was also shot for the film, though it was dropped later on in favor of the one just described.
  • Mondegreen: The principal's only line during the prom rampage can be heard as "No, Carrie!" or "Don't panic!"
  • Mutual Kill: The 2013 film has more or less the same sequence of events at the 1976 movie, with Margaret stabbing Carrie and Carrie impaling Margaret with the knives and destroying the house around them after her My God, What Have I Done? moment. The only change is that, before Carrie destroys the house, Sue shows up and tries to get Carrie out of the house. Carrie almost kills her, but instead gently levitates her out of the house after sensing that Sue is pregnant, telling her "it's a girl."
  • Mythology Gag: The alternate ending of the 2013 film: Sue has a dream where she is taken in to have her baby, but after some complications, she is accosted by a pair of bloody hands, similar to the original movie's ending where she is similarly attacked in a dream when leaving flowers at Carrie's grave.
    • A minor example with Heather, who wears a baseball cap during the gym class scenes, a reference to Norma Watson from the 1976 version who always wore her signature red baseball cap. Heather is a composite character of Norma Watson and Helen Shyres.
  • Neck Lift: A varient: Carrie does this to Miss Desjardin during the prom massacre, though in this example she's not trying to harm Miss Desjardin, only to get her off the water-soaked floor before Carrie electrifies it. Carrie releases her onto safe ground once this is done, sparing the teacher's life because of the kindness she showed Carrie.
  • Nice Guy: Tommy Ross, one of the few decent characters in the film.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The same plot point occurs predictably in the 2013 remake, with Miss Desjardin suspicious of Tommy and Sue's treatment of Carrie, and Miss Desjardin kicking Sue out of the prom after Sue receives a text from Chris hinting at the prank. Miss Desjardin even states that "You're not going to ruin this for her (Carrie)." Though Sue's noble intentions are made more clear to the viewer in the 2013 version, Miss Desjardin still has every reason to be suspicious.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Chris and Billy's relationship is clearly shown to be toxic. He's quite abusive towards her, while she treats him like Dumb Muscle and insults him quite often, especially in the deleted scenes. None of their friends have much of a problem with this.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Several characters. Sue is the only member of Chris’s bitch group who shows remorse for tormenting her and gives up her prom night so Carrie can have one, which leads to the prom disaster that kills Tommy and her friends (if one can consider the rest of the girls “friends”). Ms. Desjardin, when she kicks Sue out of the gym out of suspicion, when she probably could have stopped it. She will likely be forever traumatized by this (in the novel, she retires from her teaching career forever after surviving prom, stating she’d rather die than ever teach in school again). Freddy “Beak” Holt is a minor example, although he was nice to Carrie she still kills him during prom, mainly because he began recording the massacre.
  • Noodle Incident: One scene picks up right after Billy and Chris finish telling Tina how he lost his driver's license.
  • Not a Game: Billy tells Chris this repeatedly, as he can tell she's not taking the prank seriously and becomes worried that she'll blow it and get them caught.
  • Not So Different: Chris gets her face lacerated by shards of glass after the car she's in crashes into the gas station and she's jerked into the windscreen. Looking from her bloodied face to the blood-drenched Carrie, this may be a possible way representing how Carrie has brought her bullies down to her level with her rampage.
  • Offing the Offspring:
    • The 2013 film takes this Up to Eleven by revealing, in the first ten minutes, that Margaret tried to murder Carrie seconds after giving birth to her!
    • Margaret also tries to kill Carrie at the end of the film and manages to stab her in the shoulder, seriously wounding her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Chris' reaction during her Villainous Breakdown.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Carrie does this with her mother's corpse.
  • Power Floats: Carrie leaves the burning gym by levitating out of it.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Tina briefly objects to posting the shower video online, only because she can be seen in the video. Chris tells her that nobody will notice.
  • Precision F-Strike: Potentially subverted. Miss Desjardin still describes the Tampon Shower as "a shitty thing" twice in a row, but the girls don't giggle in response. Later, during the "suicide runs," Chris cusses back full-force at Miss Desjardin, and even later, Chris' dad points out that a teacher swearing at her students is not okay.
  • Race Lift:
    • The school principal has been white in previous adaptations (though his race wasn't stated in the books) but is black here.
    • Tina Blake, described as a redhead in the book, is played by the mixed race Zoe Belkin.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After getting the blood dumped on her, Carrie seemed like she was just going to leave the stage. But when Tommy gets killed by the falling bucket and dies in her arms, she completely loses it.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Billy's posse has to goad each other into killing the pig they get the bucket of pig's blood from. Reality Ensues indeed.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chris gives an epic one to Sue after Chris is officially no longer allowed to prom. Her statements that Sue has been dreaming about her perfect prom with her perfect boyfriend her "whole goddamn life" really drives home to Sue how pointless her contrition up to that point had been, and leads her to plan to sacrifice her perfect prom night for Carrie's happiness.
  • Redemption Equals Life: Not only does Carrie save Miss Desjardin from getting electrocuted, but also allows her to escape safely. Sue is also spared after Carrie finds out Sue's pregnant.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Carrie's irises briefly turn blood-red just before she lets loose on the prom goers.
  • Remake Cameo: Nearly. They considered offering the role of Margaret White to Sissy Spacek, but they never asked her.
  • Revenge by Proxy: This version puts emphasis on Chris's anger at Sue for siding with Carrie, suggesting that this is part of her motivation for the prank. She sends Sue a threatening text right beforehand, and when Sue shows up at the prom, Chris looks at her and smirks rather unpleasantly right when she pulls the rope.
  • Setting Update: Like the 2002 movie, this adaptation updates the text to the time it was made. Here technology plays a big part in it - as Chris films a video of Carrie's first period. Said video gets used to discredit her father's attempted lawsuit and gets played during Carrie's humiliation at the prom.
  • Sex for Services: In a deleted scene, Chris gives Billy a blowjob to manipulate him into helping her prank Carrie.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted with Sue. In her final confrontation with Carrie, she looks a lot dumpier. This may have been used to show them as Not So Different.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When trying to get psyched up to kill the pig, Jackie Talbott says, "Don't worry, little piggy, Uncle Jack's just gonna bash your head right in." It's very similar to Jack's threat when he's coming after Wendy with the baseball bat.
    • When making a fake Youtube profile for Carrie, Billy suggests they list Bloodsport as her favorite movie.
  • Shrine to Self: Chris has a big picture of herself in her bedroom.
  • Simple Country Lawyer: Parodied, when Miss Desjardin brings up the video Chris put online. "I don't know, I'm just a gym teacher..."
  • Slasher Smile: Carrie's expression during the Prom massacre is either this or a snarl of rage, suggesting she's either on a Power High or Drunk on the Dark Side.
  • The Sociopath: Chris's behavior goes beyond teenage bitchiness. She has a total Lack of Empathy, a complete inability to take responsibility for her actions, and zero redeeming characteristics. Billy is also a little more accurate to his novel counterpart, being a downright thug who’s heavily implied to be abusive to Chris and has no qualms about bludgeoning the pig to death and shows little concern when the bucket kills Tommy. Tina is also an example, since she has a sexual relationship with her teacher solely for Carrie to have another bully, and gleefully uploads the shower video onto the TV screen during Prom to further humiliate her. Heather and The Twins are minor examples, as they aren’t quite as malicious but still evil to Carrie.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: With Tommy's death, Sue's unborn daughter unknowingly becomes this.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: A variation. Sue thinks she might be pregnant in the latter part of the book, only to get her period after Carrie's death. This version confirms that she is pregnant, and Carrie even spares her for this reason.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Implied in the Viral Marketing, where the "Find Carrie" Facebook app has Carrie stalking you.
  • There Are No Therapists: It's mentioned that the state intervened to force her mother to stop homeschooling Carrie, so at the very least, somebody stepped in on her behalf at some point. Though you'd think, given they knew enough that Margaret's homeschooling was considered harmful, they would have outright judged Margaret unfit. That said, it's entirely possible Margaret was simply judged unqualified to continue Carrie's education.
  • Together in Death: Nicki and Lizzy are holding hands as Carrie holds them down with her powers to be trampled to death. Carrie destroys her house and has it crumble above her, wanting to die with her mother.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Despite Chris's father appearing to realize that she was behind the shower prank, Chris says in the next scene that he's still suing the school over it. It's unclear if she's telling the truth or not.
  • Up to Eleven: The 2013 remake amps up the violence of the 1976 movie and the novel. For example, when Carrie finds Chris and Billy trying to escape in their car, she doesn't just derail the car and send it crashing in a fiery explosion. She collapses an entire road, destroys the car when it rams into her force field, chokes Chris with her own seat belt, levitates the entire vehicle, and sends it flying towards a gas pump, with the subsequent impact smashing Chris's face right through the windshield...oh, and then it explodes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Principal Morton’s fate is left unknown during prom, Kenny Garson’s fate is also unknown. George and Erika are implied to have survived the prom massacre.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Chris tries to get her friends to do this to get out of detention.
    Chris: Someone could die of dehydration! Tina- you have a heart condition, right?
  • You Can See That, Right?: Heather, who was maliciously laughing at Carrie, at prom asks her boyfriend, "Are you seeing this?" when Carrie begins making the blood on her body levitate. What happens next leaves little room for doubt.

"Carrie had some sort of power. But she was just like me... like any of you. She had hopes, she had fears, but we pushed her. And you can only push someone so far before they break."
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