Carrie (2002 film)

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Promotional release poster
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Directed by David Carson
Produced by David Carson
Bryan Fuller
Written by Stephen King
Bryan Fuller
Starring Angela Bettis
Patricia Clarkson
Rena Sofer
Kandyse McClure
Emilie de Ravin
Tobias Mehler
Jesse Cadotte
Meghan Black
Chelan Simmons
Katharine Isabelle
David Keith
Music by Laura Karpman
Cinematography Victor Goss
Editing by Anthony A. Lewis
Production company Trilogy Entertainment Group
Country United States
Language English
Original channel NBC
Original airing November 4, 2002 (2002-11-04)
Running time 132 minutes

Carrie is a 2002 NBC-TV movie based on the novel Carrie by Stephen King.[1] It is the second film adaptation of the novel, following the 1976 version. The film was intended as a backdoor pilot for a potential TV series and the ending of the novel was changed accordingly;[2] as of 2015, no such series have been made.


Several people are being interviewed in a police station, including high school senior Sue Snell (Kandyse McClure) and gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Rena Sofer). Detective John Mulchaey is investigating the disappearance of high school senior Carrie White (Angela Bettis).

The film cuts to a flashback set two weeks before the prom at Ewen High School. Due to her fanatically religious upbringing and background, Carrie is shy and withdrawn; the popular girls at school constantly torment her, with Chris Hargensen (Emilie De Ravin) and Tina Blake (Katharine Isabelle) being especially vicious. After gym class, Carrie has her first period in the shower and panics. The other girls swarm the shower and taunt her. Hearing the commotion, Ms. Desjardin comes into the shower, and finds Carrie lying by the drain in a fetal position. As she comforts the terrified girl, Carrie asks her if she is dying.

Later, Principal Morton (Laurie Murdoch) determines that Carrie should go home to calm down after the incident. When the principal repeatedly mispronounces her name as "Cassie", Carrie snaps and screams out her name, correcting Principal Morton as the desk suddenly moves several inches. As Carrie gathers her belongings to leave, she discovers that Chris and Tina spray-painted "Plug it up" on her locker, and filled it with tampons. On her way home, Carrie is accosted by a pre-teen boy on a bicycle. With no warning, his bike smashes into a tree, throwing the boy to the ground and breaking his arm. When she reaches home, Carrie's fanatically religious mother, Margaret White (Patricia Clarkson), receives the phone call from school. Margaret considers menstruation a sign of sexual sin, and locks Carrie in her "praying closet" as punishment.

The next day, Ms. Desjardin notifies the girls that they are to have 50 minutes' detention in the gym every day for a week for their bullying. If they skip the detention, they face three days' suspension and banishment from the prom. Chris storms out in protest, but none of the other girls follow her. At the same time, Carrie researches "miracles" in the library to try to find out what has been happening to her. Eventually, she discovers telekinesis, an unusual gift that enables the carriers to move or control objects with their minds.

After Chris' father John Hargensen, a lawyer, unsuccessfully attempts to get her prom ban rescinded, Chris enlists her boyfriend Billy Nolan to get revenge on Carrie. At the same time, Sue, trying to atone for tormenting Carrie, asks her popular boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the prom instead of her. After some hesitation, Carrie agrees. When Carrie tells her mother about the prom invitation, Margaret flies into a rage and forbids her to go. Carrie uses her powers to finally confront her mother, and Margaret seemingly gives in.

As prom night approaches, Sue helps Carrie prepare for the big event. Chris and Tina overhear their plans and plan revenge. Chris and Billy kill a pig at Irwin Hinti's farm and gathers up its blood. On the day of the prom, Margaret begs Carrie to stay home and ask God for forgiveness, but Carrie uses her powers to throw her mother out of the room. Tommy comes to pick Carrie up for the prom in a limousine and is impressed by her makeover into a beautiful young woman.

As the prom progresses, more people begin to accept Carrie. Tina manages to switch out the ballots for prom king and queen for fraudulent ones that declare Carrie and Tommy the winners. As Tommy and Carrie take their place onstage, Carrie notices something red dripping on her arm and looks up, seeing a bucket of pig's blood placed above the stage. Chris, who has been hiding with Billy in the rafters, pulls the rope after some hesitation, sending a wave of blood on Carrie, with some hitting Norma and Tommy. The duo run away, letting go of the rope. The bucket falls on Tommy's head, killing him.

Carrie goes into a shock-induced trance, and loses control of her telekinesis. She locks everyone inside the gym and drops several spotlights and electrical wires on the floor. The sparks set the gym ablaze, causing a mass panic. As Tina screams in horror, Carrie crushes her to death with one of the gym's falling basketball boards. Some students climb ropes near the windows in hopes to escape but Carrie causes them to fall back onto the burning dance floor. Ms. Desjardin manages to get a few kids into a vent, where they make their escape. Carrie then opens up all the sprinklers and causes a water pipe to burst. As she walks off the stage she telekinetically moves the water away from her path, then causes the gym's scoreboard to fall turning the dance floor into an electric slide killing everyone else.

Carrie then leaves the burning gym, still in her trance, locking the doors behind her and leaving almost all of the students and staff to burn to death. As she walks away the burning gym collapses. As she makes her way back to town, she brings the destruction with her, nearly obliterating the adjoining neighborhoods. Chris and Billy, witnessing the destruction from Billy's truck, encounter Carrie. Billy attempts to run her over, but Carrie stops th truck and sends it slamming into a tree, killing them both.

When Carrie arrives home, she takes a bath to wash off all the blood. She finally snaps back to herself, and doesn't appear to remember anything. Margaret, now completely insane, attempts to drown Carrie in the tub. With her last ounce of strength Carrie manages to mentally stop her mother's heart, killing her.

During the disastrous aftermath of the prom, Sue goes out looking for Carrie and finds her near death in the bathtub with her mother's dead body nearby. Sue manages to revive Carrie with artificial respiration and hide her in the ruins of the school, while the furor quiets down. At Sue's suggestion, Carrie fakes her death and Sue sneaks Carrie out of town to Florida. As the two drive off into the rainy night, Carrie has a nightmarish vision of her mother, who warns her that "sin never dies". She wakes up and Sue asks her if she had a bad dream. When she looks at Sue, Carrie hallucinates and sees Chris, instead of Sue, lunging at her. Noticing this, Sue asks her, if she wants to stop for a moment. Carrie sighs and tells Sue to keep driving.


Fight songs[edit]

The fight songs played during the prom scene are those of Dartmouth College, as performed by the Dartmouth College Marching Band. Executive producer Mark Stern, an alumnus of Dartmouth, requested a recording of the Dartmouth songs from faculty director Max Culpepper for use in the movie. After finding the Dartmouth Wind Symphony recording of the songs to be too professional-sounding, he requested a recording that was more "wild and enthusiastic". The marching band then recorded the songs at the loudest volume possible, in order to distort tone and intonation and sound more like a high school band.[3]


  1. ^ Mitchell, Claudia A; Reid-Walsh, Jacqueline (2008). "Girl Culture: Studying girl culture : A readers' guide". ISBN 9780313339097. 
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  3. ^ Foxall, Devin. "Marching band gets a taste of Hollywood", The Dartmouth, November 14, 2002.

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