CARRIE is the second filmed version of the Stephen King novel, following hot on the heels of an ill-advised sequel version in the late 1990s. Watching this tame TV movie - which has no gore, by the way - and you wonder just why they went to the effort of making it. It's a far, far cry from the 1976 Brian De Palma version, a true masterpiece, of which this is a pale imitation. CARRIE is long-winded and overlong, dragging out all of the boring family drama and pseudo-romantic scenes. It starts with bad CGI meteorites which isn't an auspicious debut and goes on from there. Angela Bettis headlines the production, following on from her turn in the creepy goth horror flick MAY, and the ever-sinister Patricia Clarkson (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) plays her horrid mother. Film fans might also spot GINGER SNAPS actress Katharine Isabelle as one of the bullies and David Keith as a cop. Direction-wise, this isn't too bad, although the writing is middling and the happy ending a cop-out. The worst thing about it is the bad CGI. The aforementioned meteorites stand out here, alongside the ridiculous flying "creepy Carrie" kid, but these moments are nothing compared to the wallowing CGI overload of the climax, which is completely laughable.
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Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both her classmates and her domineering, religious mother.
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April 15, 2019