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Carrie White is a lonely, shy teenage girl with unbelievable telekinetic powers, and is slowly being pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from classmates at her school, and her own mother.
Soon, she discovers she has these telekinetic powers; and when the most gruesome of gags is played on her on prom night, rage takes over....
Obviously as the film is made for TV, and it's back 11 years, it looks very cheap, and the special effects are tragic, like something you'd expect to see on the SyFy channel.
But overlook all of this, and you have a very, very faithful adaptation of the classic story, which doesn't taint the original, makes the remake look even more pointless than what it is, and has the inclusion of a police enquiry.
Bettis makes this movie. Her portrayal of Carrie is one of total desolation, and you cannot help but empathise with her. She makes you realise that the story isn't just about about a woman who can move things with her mind, its about a girl who has everything against her from day one.
She gets no reprieve at school, or at work, and when she fights back, she ends up having to vanish (in this telling anyway). This version, along with De Palmas masterpiece, show you how much of a depressing and sad story Carrie actually is.
Its a little too long in places, and it could have easily been trimmed to the 100 minute mark, but its watchable, and Bettis is wonderful.
Well worth seeing.
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Originally conceived as a pilot to a television series this re-make is just that but without the stellar direction of Brian De Palma, nor the fantastic acting from Sissy Spacek, Any Irving and the rest of the crew. This re-make follows the original film very closely except towards the end where it was originally conceived the the characters of Sue Snell and Carrie were going to drive to Florida where the TV series would then continue on a weekly basis. Worth watching only out of curiosities sake but personally if I had the time to kill I would watch the original instead. Running time of over 2 hours.
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I'VE WATCHED WITH INTEREST A NUMBER OF REMAKE FILS AND ALTHOUGH THE THOUGHT WAS THERE , THERE IS ALWAYS JUST THAT LITTLE SOMETHING MISSING. THE FILM ALTHOUGH BASICALLYTHE SAME THE REMAKE SEEMS TO LOSE THAT SUBTLE SOMETHING . FOR SAYING THAT THE ACKTING IS VERY GOOD BUT LACKS THAT SPECIAL SISSY FINNESE. IT IS STILL A WORTH WHILE ADDITION TO ONES COLLECTION IF THAT IS YOUR BAG . IF THAT IS YOUR BAG GO AND BUY IT IT STILL RATES A GOOD VARIATION ON SPEILBURGS ORIGINAL. A GOOD RECOMONDATION FROM THE SCI-FLYER.