The Rage: Carrie 2

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The Rage: Carrie 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Katt Shea
Produced by Patrick J. Palmer
Paul Monash
Written by Rafael Moreu
Based on Characters 
by Stephen King
Starring Emily Bergl
Jason London
Dylan Bruno
J. Smith-Cameron
Amy Irving
Music by Danny B. Harvey
Cinematography Donald M. Morgan
Edited by Richard Nord
Production
company
United Artists
Red Bank Films
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • March 12, 1999 (1999-03-12)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $21 million[1]
Box office $17,762,705[1]

The Rage: Carrie 2 is a 1999 American supernatural drama horror film directed by Katt Shea. It is a sequel to the 1976 horror film Carrie, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, and features Carrie White's half sister Rachel Lang in the title role. Directed by Katt Shea, the film stars Emily Bergl, Jason London, Dylan Bruno, J. Smith-Cameron, and Amy Irving who reprises her role of Sue Snell from the previous film.

The film was released on March 12, 1999 and received generally poor reviews from critics and fans of the original film alike. The film was also a box office bomb grossing merely $17 million against a $21 million production budget.

Plot[edit]

Barbara Lang paints a barrier around her living room to protect her telekinetic daughter, Rachel, from the devil. Barbara is soon institutionalized for schizophrenia.

Years later Rachel, living with foster parents, talks with her best friend Lisa, who has lost her virginity to Eric, a football player. The football players have a game where they sleep with girls and receive points revealing Eric never cared for Lisa. After Eric rejects her, Lisa commits suicide.

Rachel discovers a photo of Lisa and Eric. She tells school counselor, Sue Snell and Sheriff Kelton about Lisa and Eric sleeping together. Kelton looks into charging Eric with statutory rape. Walter, Rachel's dog, is struck by a car but Rachel flags down Jesse as he drives past and after taking Walter to an animal hospital, they get coffee. Learning that Rachel gave Kelton the photograph, Eric, Mark and several other football players attempt to intimidate her into not talking, but become victims of her powers and flee, when her foster parents arrive.

Sue meets with Rachel. When Sue asks about moving objects with her mind, Rachel screams and a snow globe on Sue's desk shatters; Sue realizes Rachel is telekinetic. Sue brings Rachel to the original high school, where the disaster took place years before, and tells Rachel that Barbara revealed to her that Rachel and Carrie White had the same father; she did not tell Rachel to protect her. Rachel does not believe her. Jesse pursues Rachel, angering popular cheerleader Tracy. Jesse convinces Rachel he was unaware of the attack on her and Rachel agrees to go out with him.

The statutory rape is covered up by the Senior D.A., because of the political influence of the families of the players. Encouraged, Mark plots to humiliate Rachel for what she did to Eric. He apologizes to Jesse and offers his parents' cabin so Jesse can spend the night with Rachel. The two share a romantic evening and Rachel loses her virginity, both unaware that there is a hidden video camera filming them. After a football game, one of the players, Brad and his girlfriend Monica invite Rachel to a party at Mark's and she leaves with Monica, while Jesse is sidetracked by Tracy, who attempts to seduce him.

Rachel is with Jesse's friends when the football players reveal their sex game and claim that Rachel was added to Jesse's list, making Rachel believe Jesse never cared for her. They also play the videotape and abuse her. Rachel's telekinesis is triggered by the humiliation, and then chaos ensues as she seals off the house with her mind, standing rigid as everyone else runs in a panic. Rachel, in her state of fury, quickly kills off numerous party-goers, including one girl, whose torso is riddled and sliced by airborne CDs and another football jock, who attempts to escape through the door, only to have a fire poker shoot through the air through his head and into the peephole. Sue, having managed to sneak Rachel's mother out of a mental institution, rushes to help Rachel at the party, but gets to the door in time to be impaled through the head by the same fire poker while on the other side of the door.

As everyone begins realizing that it is Rachel causing the mayhem, her powers cause all of the bottles of liquor in the bar of the mansion to explode, spilling the flammable alcohol everywhere and setting many other guests on fire. Eric, Mark, and Monica rush to an arsenal in the mansion, grabbing three harpoon guns and a flare gun. They continue to run from Rachel, as she stalks them through the house, until she finally catches up to them by the indoor pool, where the three of them are ready with their three harpoon guns raised. Rachel manipulates the weapons against them by first making Monica's eyeglasses break and the broken shards stab her in her eyes. Now blind, Monica accidentally shoots her harpoon gun into Eric's groin, castrating him. Both Monica and Eric, collapse to the ground to bleed to death. Mark fires his flare gun at Rachel's hip, sending her toppling into the water. She reaches out of the water and pulls him in with her and activates the tarp to automatically seal off the pool. Rachel snatches a harpoon gun that had fallen into the water, and uses it to cut a slit in the tarp while leaving Mark to drown.

As Rachel lays on the floor, she is again greeted by her mother, who comforts her at first, but only because she still sees Rachel as her little girl. When she suddenly sees Rachel as she is, with the thorny tattoo spread across her body, Barbara tells her daughter, that the devil has taken over her, and quickly leaves Rachel lying on the floor.

Jesse and Tracy finally arrive at the party, horrified at the massacre. Rachel appears on the balcony above them, and sends a fiery piece of ceiling down on Tracy, killing her. Jesse is left to talk to Rachel, trying to convince her that he didn't have any part in humiliating her. At first, she refuses to believe him, loosening several screws on the flaming ceiling above him as he walks up onto the balcony with her. Rachel is finally convinced that Jesse is telling the truth after she hears the videotape replaying in the background, where Jesse is saying "I love you" to her as she is sleeping. When Rachel realizes the truth, the ceiling above finally caves in due to the loosened bolts. Rachel manages to pull Jesse out of the way in time, but she becomes trapped as the flaming ceiling crushes her legs and torso, leaving her unable to move. With her last thoughts, she sends Jesse flying down on to the pool tarp in an attempt to get him out of the house and save him. She is then burned alive.

One year later it is revealed that Jesse is taking care of Rachel's dog and mourning her. He is suddenly greeted by an apparition of Rachel, who crawls through his window and kisses him, but shatters into several pieces, revealing it to be just a dream.

Cast[edit]

  • Emily Bergl as Rachel Lang
    • Kayla Campbell as Young Rachel
  • Jason London as Jesse Ryan: a popular jock with whom Rachel falls in love.
  • Dylan Bruno as Mark Bing: a football player who owns the mansion where the football game after-party takes place.
  • J. Smith-Cameron as Barbara Lang: Rachel's insane mother.
  • Zachery Ty Bryan as Eric Stark: a jock who seduces and then humiliates Lisa, resulting in her suicide.
  • John Doe as Boyd: Rachel's foster father
  • Gordon Clapp as Mr. Stark: Eric's father
  • Rachel Blanchard as Monica Jones: Tracy's best friend.
  • Charlotte Ayanna as Tracy Campbell: Jesse Ryan's ex-girlfriend, a popular cheerleader.
  • Justin Urich as Brad Winters: football player and Monica's boyfriend.
  • Mena Suvari as Lisa Parker: Rachel's best friend, who commits suicide.
  • Elijah Craig as Chuck Potter: football player.
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas as Arnold: Rachel's friend.
  • Clint Jordan as Sheriff Kelton
  • Kate Skinner as Emilyn: Rachel's foster mother
  • Steven Ford as Coach Walsh
  • Amy Irving as Sue Snell: a survivor of Carrie's rage in the original film, now a guidance counselor.
  • Deborah Meschan as Deborah: One of Monica's friends who takes part in setting Rachel up
  • Katt Shea as Deputy D.A.
  • Robert D.Raiford as The Senior D.A.
  • Rhoda Griffis as Mrs. Porter: A Saleswoman
  • Sissy Spacek as Carrie White: Rachel's deceased half-sister, and the protagonist of the original film. Sissy Spacek turned down an offer to cameo in the film but gave permission to have her likeness used in the film.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Originally titled The Curse, the film was scheduled to start production in 1996 with Emily Bergl in the lead, however production stalled for two years.[2] The plot heavily borrows from a real-life 1993 incident in which a group of high school jocks known as The Spur Posse were involved in a sex scandal. In 1998, the film finally went into production under the title Carrie 2: Say You're Sorry. A few weeks into production, director Robert Mandel quit over creative differences and Katt Shea hurriedly took over the reins with less than a week to prepare to start filming, and two weeks' worth of footage to reshoot.[3]

Casting[edit]

Amy Irving reprised the role of Sue Snell, which she originated in the first Carrie, though she was initially wary of taking the role and asked Brian De Palma, director of the original film, for his blessing.[4] Director Shea was told that she would not be able to use footage of Sissy Spacek from the original Carrie, but she edited several scenes into the film and presented the film to Spacek, who granted permission for her likeness to be used.[3]

Release[edit]

The film was theatrically released on March 12, 1999.

Home Media[edit]

The film was released on VHS and DVD on October 12, 1999.[5] A Blu-ray version of the film was released on 14 April 2015 in a double feature with the 2002 TV version of Carrie from Scream Factory.[6]

Reception[edit]

Box Office[edit]

The film was released March 12, 1999 in the United States, opening in second place that weekend.[7] It grossed a total of $17,762,705 domestically against a $21 million budget making the film a box office bomb.[8]

Critical Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes reported the film had a 21% approval rating based on thirty-two reviews and a 33% with six reviews based on top critics. On Metacritic it had a rating of 42 on a scale from 0-100 based on 21 reviews indicating mixed or average reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film 2 out of 4 stars stating "The original Carrie worked because it was a skillful teenage drama grafted onto a horror ending. Also, of course, because De Palma and his star, Sissy Spacek, made the story convincing. The Rage: Carrie 2 is more like a shadow".[9]

Soundtrack[edit]

[10]

  1. "Crazy Little Voices" – Ra
  2. "Quick, Painless and Easy" – Ivy
  3. "Resurrection" – Fear Factory
  4. "Year of Summer" – Paradise Lost
  5. "Low Down" – 10 Watt Mary
  6. "Looking Down the Barrel" – Five Times Down
  7. "Die with Me" – Type O Negative
  8. "Keep Sleeping" – 16Volt
  9. "Dark Love" – Kate Shrock
  10. "Laughter Lines" – Sack
  11. "The Slower I Go" – L.A.X.
  12. "Sleep" – Trailer Park Pam
  13. "Spark Somebody Up" – Budda Mo b

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Rage:Carrie 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide by Stephen Jones, p.124
  3. ^ a b "The Rage: Carrie 2" audio commentary. United Artists, 2002.
  4. ^ The Rage: Carrie 2 Production Notes
  5. ^ "The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray release". ihorror.com. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray Details
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office March 12-14, 1999". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  9. ^ Roger Ebert (March 12, 1999). "The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)". Roger Ebert.com. 
  10. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Carrie-2-Rage-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B00000ID3E/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1212831888&sr=8-3 [1]. 

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