Now, I know I’m not alone when I say that I despised the 2013 version of Carrie. Despite how much I hate it and want to rant about it, I’m going to leave it alone. I want to sing a little bit of praise for the 2002 made-for-TV version of Carrie. I feel like David Carson’s vision/version of the novel and already fantastic original film is a fantastic adaptation, often passed over by casual fans or mistaken for the 1999 sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2.
Missing out on this version would be a travesty. The acting is phenomenal and the story is slightly updated to fit the modern era, but also follows the book very well. This may be one of Angela Bettis’ best performances to date, which is a shame because I feel like not enough people have seen it or give credit where it is due. The remorse, pity, and even the wonderful spark in her eye when she dances at the prom are all properly represented in this version of Carrie.
While the budget didn’t allow for great visual effects during the climax at the prom, the fear is still there. Emilie de Ravin (of Lost fame) is particularly nasty in her role as the perfect Chris Hargensen, relishing in being a such a bitch and bullying Carrie White to the point of one of the best breakdowns in cinematic history.
While this version has its flaws, I truly hold it on a higher pedestal than the “let’s make some money” version released last year. If you haven’t seen it, I urge you to do so. In fact, watch the original and both remakes all in one day and see where your loyalties lie.
I personally give this made-for-TV movie 3.5 buckets of pig blood out of 5.