It's not a cheap rip-off: This 23-years-later sequel to Brian DePalma's high school horror picture CARRIE bypasses current scream teen clichés in favor of returning to the original's bleak atmosphere. Poor Rachel Lang (Emily Bergl), archetypal high school
misfit. Mom's in an asylum, her trailer-trash foster family is in it for the money, best friend Lisa (Mena Suvari) just committed suicide and Rachel's beloved dog Walter has been run down by a car. Rachel's also tormented by her latent telekinetic powers, which she ignores out of fear that she's
actually just crazy like her mother. With so much trouble in mind it's no wonder Rachel favors black nail polish and goth girl get-ups, even though they ensure that the pretty-poison beauties who rule the school social scene can hardly be bothered to so much as look down their pert noses at her.
Meanwhile, the school's golden boys, testosterone-mad football beasts and Spur Posse-wannabes, amuse themselves by sleeping with uncool girls, cruelly rating their conquests in a communal score book. So when sensitive jock Jesse (Jason London) starts dating Rachel seriously, the in-crowd plots to
put her firmly back in her place. Watching all this with increasing terror is guidance counselor Sue Snell (Amy Irving), who survived Carrie White's telekinetic rampage and suspects that Rachel is capable of the same destructive fury. Screenwriter Rafel Moreu and director Katt Shea have a sharp
eye for the casual indignities suffered by outcast teenage girls, and it's doubtless no coincidence that the only casual nudity is in the boy's locker room. SCREAM fans in search of kicky fun will be sorely disappointed, and the film feels long, probably because even without having seen CARRIE you
know exactly where things are going. But it's a credible sequel to a horror classic, and a sad reminder that some things never change.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: R
- Review: It's not a cheap rip-off: This 23-years-later sequel to Brian DePalma's high school horror picture CARRIE bypasses current scream teen clichés in favor of returning to the original's bleak atmosphere. Poor Rachel Lang (Emily Bergl), archetypal high school… (more)