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"THE RAGE: CARRIE 2"
(1999) (Emily Bergl, Jason London) (R)

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QUICK TAKE:
Horror: An independent, but ostracized high school student must not only deal with her classmates who are mean to her, but also her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.
PLOT:
Rachel Lang (EMILY BERGL) is a high school outcast, an independent young woman who's lived with foster parents since her mother, Barbara (J. SMITH-CAMERON), was institutionalized for schizophrenia. With few friends other than her dog Walter and another student, Lisa (MENA SUVARI), Rachel tries to keep to herself but must constantly deal with rude remarks from other students.

When Lisa commits suicide after sleeping with Eric (ZACHERY TY BRYAN), one of the school's football players who, like many of his teammates, sleeps around hoping to rack up as many "points" in their sexual contest, Rachel finds herself all alone. She also learns that Mark (DYLAN BRUNO), the group's leader, wants to keep her quiet about Eric's involvement with Lisa lest his football career be jeopardized.

Coming to Rachel's defense is Jessie Ryan (JASON LONDON), another player who befriends her, much to the dismay of his snobby girlfriend, Tracy (CHARLOTTE AYANNA). The school's guidance counselor, Sue Snell (AMY IRVING), also takes an interest in Rachel. Having survived the telekinetic outburst of Carrie White some twenty-two-years ago, Sue begins seeing parallels between the two girls and suspects Rachel of possessing telekinetic powers.

Perturbed at the attention Rachel is suddenly getting, Mark, Tracy and their friend Monica (RACHEL BLANCHARD) decide to pull an elaborate prank on the young woman to embarrass her, but don't realize the potential consequences of their planned action.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the original 1976 film, or of horror films in general they might, but this film is not in the same league as the original or the recent "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" flicks.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong graphic horror violence and gore, brief strong sexuality and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • EMILY BERGL plays an independent, but ostracized high school student who must deal with her uncontrollable telekinetic powers and a group of other students who taunt her. Along the way, she meets Jessie, falls for him and ends up sleeping with him.
  • JASON LONDON plays one of the school's football players who befriends and eventually beds Rachel.
  • DYLAN BRUNO plays one of the meanspirited football players who participates in a sexual contest to see who can rack up the most points for sleeping with other students when not harassing Rachel.
  • AMY IRVING plays the sympathetic guidance counselor who tries to help Rachel.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    OUR TAKE: 1 out of 10
    Upon hearing that someone is making a sequel to a popular film, several assumptions immediately come to mind regarding the reasons for doing so. One is that there's more story to be told that will complement the original, and in doing so, turn out to be as good as or better than the first film. Movies such as "Aliens," "The Godfather, Part II," "The Empire Strikes Back" and a handful of other films are ones that support that theory.

    On the other hand, there's the belief -- which unfortunately turns out to be true in most of the cases -- that the filmmakers are simply trying to make a quick buck and capitalize on the name and box office success of the original. Such was the case with films like "Jaws 2," "Halloween 2," or just about any other film whose numerical attachment is greater than or equal to the number two.

    When a sequel is made to a film that debuted nearly a quarter of a century ago, it's usually just a stupid idea, and that's probably about as generous a description that you're apt to find for "The Rage: Carrie 2." While the original film, as directed by Brian "I Want to be Hitchcock" DePalma certainly wasn't great, it was a good adaption of Stephen King's novel.

    It also had a terrific performance from Sissy Spacek, some genuinely creepy moments, and featured the infamous "gotcha" moment at the end that has inspired countless imitation scenes since then (thus necessitating our "Jump Scenes" category).

    Beyond the inclusion of some footage from the original film, the scariest thing about this one is that some studio exec gave it the green light to head into production. Not as frightening as this week's release of "Baby Geniuses" (for that very same reason), nor as hip or blackened as other recent teen-based films, this one's pretty much just a shallow retreading of the original.

    As such, there's the ostracized high school girl who has a whacked-out mother, gets fooled into believing she's popular, gets laughed at by everyone at a large social function, and then lets loose with a telekinetic fury that insures that everyone gets their well-deserved comeuppance at the end.

    For those who might complain that I've ruined the film for them, I have two things to say. First, I'm just saved you from seeing an awful film (for which you should be eternally grateful -- especially considering the comments expressed by others leaving the theater). Second, it's not as if any surprises have been ruined, especially if one's seen the original and/or thought through the setup here and then wondered "Gee, what's gonna happen next?"

    Unfortunately, that setup occurs long before the predictably fiery finale, and like the rest of the film, plods along at a nearly unbearable, slow and plodding pace. The only moments where things pick up are in that gory, but uninspired ending, and when the character played by Amy Irving (both being the only "survivors" from the original) has flashbacks where we see footage from that first film.

    While including such footage (as well as a scene purposefully ripped off from "Scream") was apparently done to inject some validity into the proceedings (as if to say that it's simply not just ripping off the original's plot and well-known name), it comes off more like getting a bigger gun with which to shoot yourself in the foot -- it's stupid, painful, and it doesn't make you look very good.

    The film's production notes state that director Katt Shea ("Poison Ivy") "has worked almost exclusively in the low budget independent world" -- as if that's some sort of desired accolade -- and thus it shouldn't come as any surprise that this film fits in quite well with her mostly straight- to-video resume.

    While some of those types of films can be fun for their "so bad, it's good" campy qualities, this one unfortunately doesn't fit into that mold as Shea and screenwriter Rafael Moreu ("Hackers") try to make this something of a serious, character-driven look at just how cruel high school life can be.

    Although that's an admirable goal, it's been done countless times before (and nearly always much better) and such plotting only results in a deadly slow pace where nothing much happens other than some occasional -- but certainly not spooky -- telekinetic activity.

    The acting is straight out of a "B" movie/straight-to-video flick. Emily Bergl, who makes her big screen debut and bears a striking resemblance to a very young Sigourney Weaver, can't do much with her shallowly written character, and the fact that she's got a Grade-A firewall around her personality doesn't ever allow the audience to feel for her plight (in contrast to Spacek's performance in the original).

    Likewise, Amy Irving (from the original and other films such as "The Competition"), and the rest of the cast, including Jason London as Rachel's suitor and Dylan Bruno as her antagonist simply can't escape the mediocrity and stereotypical way in which their characters have been drawn. As a result, you don't like, care for, or even really feel anything toward any of them.

    Missing Spacek's "frightened animal" performance (which made the original's concluding payback that much more effective), De Palma's unique directorial style, and the overall spooky atmosphere needed to pull off a story such as this, this mostly fright-free sequel greatly pales in comparison to other horror films, let alone the original.

    Released and using the name of a former classic -- just like "Halloween: H20" -- for no apparent reason other than as a weak and uninspired attempt to cash in on the now fading teen horror flick genre, this is yet another film that further proves that most sequels are a bad idea. We give "The Rage: Carrie 2" a 1 out of 10.

    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated film. Horror violence and gore rate as extremes due to a sequence near the end of the film where many people are killed with plenty of resulting gore and blood. As such, that sequence, a few other scenes and some footage from the original "Carrie" may be unsettling or scary to viewers, all dependant, of course, on their age and tolerance for such material.

    Profanity also rates as an extreme due to the use of 10+ "f" words, other cuss words and "colorful" language. Part of the plot deals with high school football players who try to "score" -- literally and figuratively -- with as many girls as possible, and we see bits and pieces of two sexual encounters that include related sounds and/or movement. Some nonsexual glimpses of male bare butts also occur.

    Due to the above "scoring" attempts and most everyone's demeaning attitudes and behavior toward the protagonist, the bad attitudes category also gets an extreme rating. Beyond all of that, some drinking occurs at a party and some behavior occurs that may prove to be imitative in nature.

    Although it's questionable how many kids will want to see this film, you may want to take a closer look at the listed content should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for anyone in your home.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Some football players drink beer.
  • People inside and outside a party drink. Inside, we see Monica, Rachel, Mark and others drinking margaritas, and Eric, who appears somewhat intoxicated, drinks something from a bottle.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Lisa does a swan dive from the roof of a building, committing suicide and lands on a car's windshield where we then see blood. We then see another view from inside the car that shows more blood, and Rachel walks up and dabs some with her finger in disbelief. Later, Rachel has a dream where she's the one on the windshield and we see more blood.
  • We briefly see a guy presumably throwing up over the side of a car.
  • Rachel has blood all over her clothes after carrying her run-over dog (that lives).
  • We see a scene from the original "Carrie" movie where pig blood is poured onto Carrie.
  • Rachel lets loose with her telekinetic powers at a party. As a result, large glass windows explode and impale people with shards of glass and blood squirts everywhere. We see a decapitated head roll across the floor. Blood pours out of a girl's mouth. An object goes through someone's head and blood and brain matter fly out. Two people on either side of a door are impaled through their heads and are very bloody. CD's fly across the room and impale or slice people with bloody results. The house then catches on fire and we see several people who are also on fire. Two guys break through glass doors/windows to get out. A girl's glasses shatter and the shards cut her eyes. In pain, she turns and accidently fires a spear gun into a guy's crotch and we see some part of his body ripped off by that and land in the swimming pool. A guy shoots a girl with a flare gun and hits her in her side (with bloody results, especially after she falls into a pool). He's then pulled into the pool, the closing pool cover hits his head and we see blood flowing out from it.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Rachel's foster parents don't care about her (but do about the money they receive for watching her), and she in turn is disrespectful back to them.
  • Obvious all of the football players who are having sex with other students (whom they call "chicks") just for sexual points in a contest (and who ogle girls and/or point video cameras at their butts) have both.
  • Likewise, Mark, Eric, Tracy and Monica have extreme cases of both toward Rachel throughout the film.
  • We see a scene from the original "Carrie" movie where the girls throw tampons and pads at a frightened and confused Sissy Spacek in the shower.
  • Mark's coach makes him drop his pants to embarrass him in front of the team, tells him that he undresses like a girl and then says, "After that half-assed block, I wanted to see if maybe you had a tampon string hanging between your legs."
  • The mayor gets the statutory rape charges against Eric dropped because of wealthy family influence on him (and to keep the young man in the upcoming football game).
  • We see that Monica stole some expensive lipstick from a cosmetic counter for Rachel.
  • Sue sneaks Rachel's mother out of a mental asylum.
  • Rachel tries to sneak back into her room after spending the night with Jessie, but her foster parents catch and ground her. She sneaks back out, however, later in the film.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Depending on a viewer's age and tolerance for such material, the following may or may not be scary to them.
  • A scene where we see that Rachel's mother has lost her mind and is painting a stripe around the house while her young daughter watches may be a bit unsettling to some viewers.
  • Moments later, Rachel walks back into the house and the doors slam behind her and then the windows start opening and slamming shut on their own.
  • Lisa does a swan dive from the roof of a building and commits suicide.
  • We see a scene from the original "Carrie" movie where the girls throw tampons and pads at a frightened and confused Sissy Spacek in the shower.
  • We see Rachel's dog get run over by a vehicle (but it survives).
  • Rachel imagines being the one who took the suicidal leap and we then see her wide-eyed but dead face plastered against the windshield.
  • We see a scene from the original "Carrie" movie where the hand comes up out of the grave and grabs Amy Irving.
  • Mark and his buddies go to harass Rachel at night in her trailer home. They knock on the doors and windows, call her with threatening messages and try to come after her, but run away when her foster parents arrive.
  • We briefly see some students wearing devil masks.
  • We see a scene from the original "Carrie" movie where pig blood is poured onto Carrie and then see her intense-looking reaction and a person being electrocuted and later see another scene with her high school on fire.
  • Rachel lets loose with her telekinetic powers at a party. As a result, large glass windows explode and impale people with shards of glass and blood squirts everywhere. We see a decapitated head roll across the floor. Blood pours out of a girl's mouth. An object goes through someone's head and blood and brain matter fly out. Two people on either side of a door are impaled through their heads and are very bloody. CD's fly across the room and impale or slice people with bloody results. The house then catches on fire and we see several people who are also on fire. Two guys break through glass doors/windows to get out. A girl's glasses shatter and the shards cut her eyes. In pain, she turns and accidently fires a spear gun into a guy's crotch and we see some part of his body ripped off by that and land in the swimming pool. A guy shoots a person with a flare gun and hits her in her side (with bloody results, especially after she falls into a pool). He's then pulled into the pool, the closing pool cover hits his head and we see blood flowing out from it. We then see him drown in the pool. Another character is crushed by falling debris, and the same happens to another student.
  • The last scene, where we know something's going to happen because of the way the original film ended, may be a bit suspenseful to viewers.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Spear gun/Flare gun: Used by Mark and others while attempting to kill Rachel.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Holy sh*t," "Bat sh*t," "You suck," "Chick," "Shut up," "Dyke," "Half-assed," "Bottom feeder," "Frickin'," "Bitch," "Super bitch," "Skank," "Scum," "Smegma," "Butt lint," "Idiots," "Sucks" and "Sucker."
  • Rachel and Lisa have matching tattoos on their arms.
  • Lisa does a swan dive from the roof of a building and commits suicide.
  • Some students from a rival school drive by and pelt people with eggs, causing the other students to chase after them and give them "the finger."
  • We see that Monica stole some expensive lipstick from a cosmetic counter for Rachel.
  • Nearly all of the football players shave their heads.
  • Monica changes clothes and puts on make-up while driving her car (while another girl holds the steering wheel from the passenger seat).
  • We see that Tracy has spray painted graffiti all over Jessie's car and sliced his tires.
  • Some students drive around with a guy on the roof of their station wagon.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of suspenseful music occurs during the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song contains the "s" word.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 11 "f" words, 20 "s" words, 1 slang term for male genitals ("pr*ck"), 8 asses (2 used with "hole"), 5 hells, 1 S.O.B., and 4 uses of "Oh my God," 2 of "God" and 1 use each of "G- damn," "My God," "Oh Jesus" and "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Rachel wants to know why Lisa is smiling and then says, "Oh my God, you did it?" Lisa nods that she did (lose her virginity), but doesn't tell Rachel who the guy was.
  • The football players comment, "How many points if I do that chick over there?" and another guy says, "I did her last week."
  • When asked by his teacher what love is, a guy responds "Fifteen minutes of squishing noises."
  • We see that a football player is focusing his video camera on girls' chest and butts.
  • Eric tells Mark that he had to break it to Lisa that their sexual liaison was "just a pump" and that she didn't mean anything to him.
  • Jokingly trying to get Rachel to come with him, Mark says, "I don't bite -- unless you want me to." When she refuses to go along, he asks why and she responds, "Because I'm a dyke."
  • We hear some sexual sounds coming from the backseat of a car and then hear Tracy say, "That was great" as Jessie gets out of the car (as we hear him zipping up but don't see any nudity). Nearby football players applaud Jessie's "score" and we then see some cleavage from Tracy in the outfit she wears (she does this again in another outfit).
  • We briefly see partial glimpses of Mark's bare butt as his coach makes him drop his pants to embarrass him in from of the team.
  • Tracy comments on Jessie's attraction to Rachel by saying, "He's letting little Jessie (his penis) do the thinking for big Jessie."
  • We see some football players' bare butts in the background of a shot set in their locker room.
  • Jessie and Rachel make out in his car, but she stops him and says, "I've never..." (had sex) and that she wants it to be special when she does. Thus, nothing else happens.
  • Later, however, we see them making out on a sofa with him on top of her. He then unzips her dress, caresses her back, they kiss some more, he takes his shirt off, and we then see them in bed afterwards (where we see her bare back and top of her hip, but don't see any explicit nudity).
  • Tracy asks Jessie what he thinks of her outfit and then removes it allowing him and us to see her in her bra and underwear.
  • When someone asks Eric how Lisa was in bed, he responds, "I about split her in two." Someone then asks how many "points" she was worth, and someone then comments about how many points she'd be worth if he'd "done her after she was dead."
  • At a party, the guys play a videotape that shows Rachel and Jessie having sex with her on top of him with movement (that shows the side of her bare butt while doing that).
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A young Rachel sees her mother go crazy and be taken away, strapped in a chair, to a mental institute.
  • Later, we see that she lives with foster parents who don't care about her (but do care for the money they receive for housing her).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Why some students are mean to other students.
  • Telekinesis.
  • People who've had mental breakdowns.
  • Students who commit suicide (one does and another says, "I don't have anyone...please let me die").
  • VIOLENCE
  • Lisa does a swan dive from the roof of a building and commits suicide.
  • We see Rachel's dog get run over by a vehicle (but it survives).
  • Mark's coach slaps him on the back of the head for not paying attention.
  • Mark and his buddies go to harass Rachel at night in her trailer home and one of them throws a brick through a window. Rachel then causes a window to slam down onto Eric's hand.
  • Some students from a rival school drive by and pelt people with eggs.
  • Mark and Jessie get in a brief shoving match in the locker room.
  • We see a scene from the original "Carrie" movie where pig blood is poured onto Carrie and then see her intense-looking reaction and a person being electrocuted.
  • We see a man in a mental asylum repeatedly pounding his head against a wall.
  • Rachel's foster father slaps her for spending the night with Jessie.
  • Some football violence occurs, including one scene where a player purposefully strikes an opposing player in the throat.
  • We see that Tracy has spray painted graffiti all over Jessie's car and sliced his tires.
  • Rachel lets loose with her telekinetic powers at a party. As a result, large glass windows explode and impale people with shards of glass and blood squirts everywhere. We see a decapitated head roll across the floor. Blood pours out of a girl's mouth. An object goes through someone's head and blood and brain matter fly out. Two people on either side of a door are impaled through their heads and are very bloody. CD's fly across the room and impale or slice people with bloody results. The house then catches on fire and we see several people who are also on fire. Two guys break through glass doors/windows to get out. A girl's glasses shatter and the shards cut her eyes. In pain, she turns and accidently fires a spear gun into a guy's crotch and we see some part of his body ripped off by that and land in the swimming pool. A guy shoots a person with a flare gun and hits her in her side (with bloody results, especially after she falls into a pool). He's then pulled into the pool, the closing pool cover hits his head and we see blood flowing out from it. We then see him drown in the pool. Another character is crushed by falling debris, and the same happens to another student.



  • Reviewed March 9, 1999 / Posted March 12, 1999

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