CARRIE / THE RAGE: CARRIE 2 – Blu-ray Review
Our favorite prom queen, Carrie White, is back and ready to cause havoc… all while in the Blu-ray format.
Shout! Factory is back at it again with their latest release, which is a double feature set, featuring Carrie and The Rage: Carrie 2 on Blu-ray. This set doesn’t include the original, just the two that came out in the early 2000s and while that may turn fans away, this set is perfect for any horror collector, seeing has how these two films are actually kind of good. Not in the typical sense, no, it’s just that they’re a lot of fun in the sense that they were made for television.
For both movies, the acting, the scores, the editing, it’s all feels like its made for television, which it is, and never feels like the traditional Carrie we’ve come to know and love, except for the basic plot and an all new twist ending to the original Carrie. The 2002 remake takes more inspiration from Stephen King‘s novel than than the film from the ’70s, but Bryan Fuller wrote the teleplay, so it isn’t that horrible at all. It’s actually pretty neat to see how they keep within their limits of television. Also it features a pretty good performance by Angela Bettis, who takes the character of Carrie and makes it her own. As far as the sequel goes, you either embrace it for what it was or forget about it like the rest of us. It it bad? That’s up to you. Should they have made a sequel to a remake? No. No, they shouldn’t have. But if you’re in the mood for an early 2000s “horror” movie, it’s the perfect film for a Friday night stayed in.
This set is pretty amazing, I must say. With loads of bonus features, some not even announced yet, Shout! Factory has been doing some amazing releases and this is just another one to add to my every growing pile of favorites. Get more info on this double feature below.
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King’s classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn’t fit in. At school, she endures her classmates’ constant ridicule, and at home she suffers endless psychological torture at the hands of her fanatically religious mother (Patricia Clarkson, Six Feet Under). But Carrie has a secret. She’s been cursed with the terrifying power of telekinesis. And when her tormenters commit an act of unforgivably cruel humiliation at the prom, they’ll soon learn a deadly lesson. Taking its inspiration from King’s book rather than the original film, Carrie was written by Bryan Fuller (TV’s Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and stars Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Katharine Isabelle (See No Evil 2, Ginger Snaps) and Chelan Simmons (Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil).
THE RAGE: CARRIE 2
In this horrifying 1999 sequel, Rachel (Emily Bergl, The Knick) is a high school misfit who gets caught in the middle of a vicious prank orchestrated by a group of jocks that turns deadly. Once the police bring one of the boys in for questioning, his teammates target Rachel for squealing, and hatch a devious scheme to publicity humiliate her. But messing with Rachel is worse than playing with fire, for when her temper’s crossed, it triggers a powder-keg of anger and unleashes horrifying powers that turn a wild teen house party into a wilder mad-house inferno! Also starring Jason London (Dazed And Confused), Rachel Blanchard (TV’s Clueless), Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Amy Irving (reprising her role as Sue Snell from Brian DePalma’s original Carrie), this fast-paced, white-knuckle revenge fantasy takes telekinesis to the next level of terror!
— CARRIE —
NEW Audio Commentary With Director David Carson
— THE RAGE: CARRIE 2 —
NEW 2015 Audio Commentary With Director Katt Shea And Director Of Photography Donald Morgan, Moderated By Filmmaker David DeCoteau
Original 1999 Audio Commentary With Katt Shea
Alternate Ending With “Before And After” Special Effect Sequence
Additional Scenes Not Seen In Theaters