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'Carrie' bloodline clots over the years

October 18, 2013


Oct. 18--Time hasn't been very kind

to Carrie White since she was spectacularly doused with pig blood at the Bates High School senior prom in 1976. Though Carrie died at the hands of her crazy mother, she has lived on in the form of a sequel, a TV movie remake, a new big-screen remake and even a Broadway musical. But in most instances, it just seems better to let the dead rest in peace. By Kevin C. Johnson


1976 feature film

Brian DePalma's treatment of Stephen King's "Carrie" novel easily ranks high on a list of seminal '70s horror flicks including "Halloween," "Last House on the Left," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "The Exorcist," "Dawn of the Dead," "Alien" and "The Omen."

'Carrie: The Musical'

1988 Broadway musical, 2012 revival

A "Carrie" musical was every bit as illogical as it sounds. Not even music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford (both from "Fame") could stop the bloodletting, resulting in one of Broadway's most expensive flops. The 1988 production played 16 previews and five performances; the revival lasted 34 previews and 46 performances.

'The Rage: Carrie 2'

1999 feature film

This way-too-late sequel focuses on Rachel, a high school girl who learns she shares a father with Carrie White. The movie has none of the finesse of the original and is only distinguished by its use of flashbacks from the original movie and the continuation of the Sue Snell character, played by actress Amy Irving.


2002 TV movie

"Carrie" gets the made-for-TV treatment with Angela Bettis and Patricia Clarkson in the lead roles, creating something that's truly remarkable in how unmemorable it was.


2013 feature film

Directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, this is a horror remake that is respectful of its original material. Based on Stephen King's novel and not the 1976 film, "Carrie" takes a while to live up to its R rating.

Read Kevin C. Johnson's review on Page 22


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