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The Rage: Carrie 2 [VHS]
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The best stuff in this ridiculously conceived sequel to Brian De Palma's groundbreaking '70s classic are the occasional, too-brief flashbacks to De Palma's groundbreaking '70s classic. They occur in the mind of Sue Snell (Amy Irving, shamelessly reprising her role), the only main character left alive during Carrie's prom revenge freakout. After a brief stint in an insane asylum, Snell is now a therapist at a suburban high school and is currently counseling Rachel Lang (Emily Bergl). Rachel isn't like other girls. When Rachel gets really mad, she moves things with her mind. Rachel's been really mad lately, because her best friend jumped from a rooftop in the first 10 minutes of this movie. Even though there's absolutely no development of this relationship, don't doubt it: we know they're best friends because they have matching tattoos. Rachel's friend lost it because she was the latest victim in a fun game that members of the football team play off the field in which they keep a running count of how many girls they can seduce, using a rating scale based on appearance. Of course, there's a nice one, Jesse (Jason London), who feels guilty about playing the game and falls for Carrie, er, Rachel. Everything appears to be changing for Rachel, but Jesse's friends have other plans. Snell knows what's up, however, and it's pretty funny watching her explain it to Rachel: "I've been through this movie before" is essentially what she says, but Rachel doesn't want to hear that she's not an original character, that she's a cheap, slightly hardened and revised '90s rip-off with no autonomy. It makes Rachel want to move things with her mind. --Dave McCoy
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As a horror fan, I believe this film delivers in so many ways. I don't believe this film was made to compete or be like the original "Carrie". I think it was made to carry on the story of psychokenesis.
To me, this is a well-rounded horror film. You get a good plot, a love story, evil teenagers, modern special effects, and some new gore.
I'm not sure why this film is so hated by people, and even fans of the genre. I've heard that people think that the kids sharing a videotape of Rachel having sex at a party would never happen. That teenagers wouldn't do something like, even in this day & age. I'm a little surprised that people buy into teenagers killing a pig, draining the blood, fixing the Prom so that Carrie wins as Queen, and dumping the pig blood over her.
I'm glad this film was made. It's a lot of fun to watch, especially when all hell breaks loose at the party! The kills are totally awesome....my personal favorite being that of Rachel Blanchard's character....the female that wears eyeglasses. As a horror fan, there are kills in this film that I haven't actually seen onscreen before.
Kudos to Katt Shea for making this highly underrated horror film. Hopefully, someday, the film will become more of a cult classic or true horror gem.
Omaha, Nebraska 2013
That said, it was a very good movie on it's own & would have had an excellent impact without being billed as a sequel.
I was hoping for a continuation of the original, not a VERY loose translation of an updated version.
The Rage 2 can be seen as a sequal to the original 1976 movie Carrie. Of course its not even comparable to the original but its not that bad. Its entertaining to a point. Emily Bergl as Rachel Lang is a lot diffrent than the original Carrie. But its the late 90s now and she still has that misfit aspect about her. Not as bad as Carrie, she seems more of an individual, more sure of herself and confident than Carrie did yet she still seems to be the target of the over sexed jocks and popular people.
Soon after one of the over sexed jocks takes advantage of her best friend Lisa, ''Mena Suvari''- she ends up commiting suicide by jumping off the school. The police end up bringing one of the boys in for questioniong. After this incident Rachel becomes their target and they hatch a plan to humiliate her.. Meanwhile the school counselor, Amy Irving is trying to help Rachel, she sees what is coming because she experienced the incident with Carrie back in the 70's and see's Rachel has the same power as Carrie did.
Theres a lot of things in this movie that tell us more about Carries father, the powers he had, how Rachel is connected with Carrie, etc. We learn a little more about the original character as well as the new one.
The film was good up until the end. I was expecting a lot more. You can call this film a Carrie for the 90's though it cant recapture the terror and magic of the original.
PS: If you like this film, the DVD cut is a knockout with deleted scenes that showcase Bergl and London's great chemistry and a REALLY over-the-top ending that smartly was reshot.
Most recent customer reviews
Great movie that resurrects the memory of Carrie White, this time through the actions of her naughty sister.
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