Starring Angela Bettis, Patricia Clarkson, Rena Sofer, Kandyse McClure, Emilie de Ravin, Tobias Mehler, Jesse Cadotte, Meghan Black, Chelan Simmons, Katharine Isabelle
Directed by David Carson
As a general rule, reamkes are unnecessary, especially when the movie is fairly recent. A 1976 movie does not need to be remade in 2002. However, due to the motivation behind the 2002 television remake of Carrie, I’ll give them a pass. As a standalone production, it is absolutely unnecessary, but it was never intended to be a standalone production. NBC wanted to make a television series based on the character of Carrie White (played by Angela Bettis).
Unfortunatley, the television series never made it off the ground.
There are a few differences between the 1976 and 2002 films: the major difference being the survival of the titular character. Carrie was supposed to become a mentor to others with telekinetic powers, helping those in Florida harness their gift, and she couldn’t do that if she was buried under the house (as happeend in the original movie). In 2002, Sue Snell (Kandyse McClure) used CPR to save Carrie from drowning in the bathtub, then hid her in some sort of storage garage until it was safe to take her away.
Again, had they continued with a television series, this would have been a good pilot. Since there is no series to follow the adventures of Carrie in Florida, the 1976 film remains as a must-see, while the 2002 remake is just another in a long list of movies that didn’t really add any value to the horror community.