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The Rage: Carrie 2

movie review out of 4 Movie Review: The Rage: Carrie 2

Starring: Amy Irving, Emily Bergl
Director: Katt Shea Ruben
Rated: R
RunTime: 90 Minutes
Release Date: March 1999
Genre: Horror

*Also starring: Jason London, Dylan Bruno, Rachel Blanchard, John Doe, Gordon Clapp

Review by Susan Granger
½ star out of 4

This sequel is so forgettable you probably won't even want to bother renting it on video. "Carrie," the powerful 1976 film based on the best-selling Stephen King novel and directed by Brian DePalma, spawned a number of teenage-slasher pictures but this travesty, written by Rafael Moreu ("Hackers") and directed by Katt Shea ("Poison Ivy"), tarnishes the memory of the original. Bright-eyed newcomer Emily Bergl plays Rachel, a nasty high-school outcast bursting with adolescent rebellion and rage. Her mother is confined to a sanitarium; she lives in a trailer with emotionally abusive foster parents; and her best friend just committed suicide by jumping from the school's roof after the girl was humiliated as a sex object by a group of football players who made a competitive game of seducing girls for points. A whiny guidance counselor, Amy Irving (the only token original "Carrie" alumna), recognizes the potential destructiveness of Rachel's telekinetic powers - meaning she can move objects with her mind - but fails to get out of the way when Rachel's emotions explode, ignited by her relationship with a football jock, Jason London. "Sometimes I wish I could be one of the shiny, happy people," muses Rachel before she begins her post-homecoming game party massacre - causing one of many unintentional laughs. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Rage: Carrie 2" is a viciously predictable 2 with a fiery, bloody, gruesome conclusion.

Copyright 1999 Susan Granger

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