The Rage: Carrie 2

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The Rage: Carrie 2
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKatt Shea
Produced byPaul Monash
Written byRafael Moreu
Based on
Music byDanny B. Harvey
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
Edited byRichard Nord
United Artists
Red Bank Films
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 12, 1999 (1999-03-12)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$21 million[1]
Box office$17.8 million[1]

The Rage: Carrie 2 is a 1999 American supernatural horror film and a sequel to the 1976 horror film Carrie, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, and features Carrie White's baby half-sister Rachel Lang in the lead 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 latter one being the only actress to do so.

The film was released on March 12, 1999, and received generally negative reviews from critics. The film was a box office bomb at the time of release, grossing $17 million against a $21 million production budget.


Barbara Lang paints a barrier around her living room to protect her telekinetic daughter, Rachel, from the devil, i.e., the world. Unfortunately for her, Barbara is ordered to be locked up at a mental institution 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. Her self-induced death reignites Rachel's dormant and strong telekinetic abilities which causes lockers to open and bathroom stalls to automatically close from a distance inside the school; whereas Rachel had been outside.

Upon discovering a photograph of Lisa and Eric making out, Rachel tells school guidance counselor Sue Snell and Sheriff Kelton that Lisa and Eric had slept together. Kelton looks into charging Eric with statutory rape. Walter, Rachel's Basset Hound dog, is struck by a car, but Rachel flags down Jesse as he drives past. After taking Walter to an animal hospital, they get coffee. Learning that Rachel gave Kelton the photograph, Eric and Mark attempt to intimidate her into not talking. They become victims of her unusually strong telekinesis, and run off when her foster parents arrive.

Sue Snell meets with Rachel. When Sue learns that Rachel is telekinetic, she brings Rachel to the site of the original high school. She tells Rachel about Carrie White, and the malicious prank that was pulled on her on prom night that caused her to snap and cause the school to burn down, along with over 70 people killed. Rachel does not believe her when Sue tells her that she and Carrie White are paternal half-sisters from the same father, Ralph White. Jesse pursues Rachel, angering popular cheerleader Tracy. Jesse convinces Rachel he was unaware of their attack, and Rachel agrees to date him.

The Senior D.A. covers up the statutory rape 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 a hidden video camera is filming them. After a football game, one of the players, Brad, and his girlfriend Monica invite Rachel to a party at Mark's. 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. As it triggers Rachel's telekinesis, she closes the doors and kills most of the party-goers, including Deborah and Chuck. Sue takes Barbara from the mental hospital and goes to Mark's house. As Sue peers in the door, Rachel kills both Sue (unknowingly) and Brad.

Rachel later kills Monica and Eric when they try to stop her with spear guns. While distracted by her mother's voice, Mark, in an attempt to stop her, shoots Rachel with a flare gun as she falls into a pool, causing a sensor to extend the cover. When Mark makes the mistake of checking the pool, the injured Rachel pulls Mark into the pool, and, with the cover fully extended, uses his spear gun to free herself while he drowns. When Barbara sees Rachel's current state, she believes Rachel is possessed and flees. Rachel prays for help to die.

Jesse and Tracy find the house in flames and their friends dead. When Rachel sees Tracy, she kills her without hesitation. The videotape of Rachel and Jesse is still playing; when he sees it Jesse tells her he did not know they were taped. Rachel calls him a liar as a notebook hits him, opening to the score page. Jesse says he loves her, but she does not believe him until she hears him say it on the videotape, realizing he told the truth. When the ceiling collapses over Jesse's head, Rachel pushes him out of the way and is pinned. She tells him she loves him, and they kiss. Rachel pushes him out of the house before allowing herself to be consumed by the flames.

One year later. Jesse is at King's University, sharing his room with Rachel's dog Walter, and he still has a severe burn scar on his right arm. He has a dream that Rachel enters his room, wearing the same clothes and looking as she did the night when they made love. They kiss before she shatters into pieces. The shaken Jesse awakes and looks at himself in the mirror as well as a photo of Rachel that he keeps beside the mirror.




Originally titled The Curse, the film was initially 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. The film eventually went into production in 1998 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]


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]


The film was theatrically released on March 12, 1999.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on VHS and DVD on October 12, 1999 and Laserdisc on November 9, 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]


Box office[edit]

The Rage: Carrie 2, was released on March 12, 1999. It opened in second place that weekend but was not successful.[7] It grossed a total of $17,762,705 domestically against a $21 million budget, making the film a box office disappointment.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews upon its release, with many moviegoers and critics criticizing the film's failure to capture the essence of what made the original so creepy, yet believable. Rotten Tomatoes reported the film had a 20% approval rating based on 35 reviews with the consensus: "As disposable as its predecessor is indispensable, The Rage: Carrie 2 mimics the arc of Stephen King's classic story without adding anything of value." 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]



  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


  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. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray Details - Dread Central". 25 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Weekend Box Office March 12-14, 1999". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  8. ^ "The Rage: Carrie 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  9. ^ Roger Ebert (March 12, 1999). "The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)". Roger
  10. ^ "Carrie 2: The Rage". 12 March 1999 – via Amazon.

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