"Rage" was also the title of the first novel that Stephen King published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. That novel climaxed with a school shooting and, after a string of real school shootings, King decided not to allow the book to be published anymore. Interesting enough, this sequel was released only one month before the Columbine shooting.
During filming of the climatic party/bloodbath sequence, it took three attempts to shoot Emily Bergl's character Rachel using her telekinetic powers to shatter the glass doors. On the first take, Emily flinched, and on the second take, she showed her clenched teeth. On the third take, they were able to finish the scene as they wanted it with her showing no facial reaction. Real glass, shattered by the blowers, was used for this scene, and Emily received multiple cuts on her skin (back, arms, legs, and backside) after the shooting of each take. She is deliberately not shown afterwords from the back to hide her injuries.
During Jesse and Rachel's first real date, Jesse tells Rachel she's unlike anyone he's ever met, and Rachel replies that she actually sometimes wishes she could just be one of the "shiny, happy people." Sometime after this movie actress Emily Bergl, who plays Rachel, went on to guest-star in an episode of Grey's Anatomy titled, "Shiny Happy People."
Originally entitled "The Curse" and later "Say You're Sorry", before the final title "The Rage" was chosen. Curiously, the Brazilian-Portuguese title for this film is "A Maldição de Carrie" ("The Curse of Carrie").
Actress Charlotte Ayanna plays Tracy Campbell in this film, a popular girl who takes part in the cruel prank to mock Rachel and turns fatal. In the film "Jawbreaker", Ayanna played another popular girl, who died in the beginning due to a terrible prank gone wrong. Her parents were played by two actors who starred in the original "Carrie" as popular kids who played different parts in altering Carrie's life through prom night.
Katt Shea took on the role of director after Robert Mandel quit over creative differences and as a result had two weeks worth of footage to reshoot. Only Shea's name is listed as director in the opening credits.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
When Mark's party first starts kicking off, Chuck begins roaming around with his camera on the party-goers. When he sees a guy throwing some liquid substance into the expensive pool, he puts the camera down long enough to warn him that if he breaks anything in the house, heads are going to roll. This turns out to be a terrible prediction of what happens when Rachel's powers go crazy: almost everything is broken in the house and Chuck is decapitated by shattering glass.