Down 897 this week

Carrie (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  4 November 2002 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 6,634 users  
Reviews: 155 user | 23 critic

Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both classmates at her school, and her own religious, but abusive, mother.



(teleplay), (novel)
0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 17 Mar 2011
a list of 37 titles
created 26 May 2011
a list of 38 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
a list of 23 titles
created 10 Feb 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 17 Aug 2012

Related Items

Search for "Carrie" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Carrie (TV Movie 2002)

Carrie (TV Movie 2002) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Carrie.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

'Salem's Lot (TV Movie 2004)
Horror | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires.

Director: Mikael Salomon
Stars: Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, Donald Sutherland
The Shining (TV Mini-Series 1997)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers.

Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Steven Weber, Courtland Mead
It (TV Mini-Series 1990)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole
Sometimes They Come Back (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Based on a short story by Stephen King, a man and his family return to his home town, but he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler
P2 (2007)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Stars: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley, Simon Reynolds
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.

Directors: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang
Stars: Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart
Dark Water (2005)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ariel Gade, John C. Reilly
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer
The Eye (2008)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A woman receives an eye transplant that allows her to see into the supernatural world.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Stars: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary.

Director: Peter Cornwell
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds
Carriers (2009)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus.

Directors: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
Stars: Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobias Mehler ...
Jesse Cadotte ...
Detective John Mulchaey
Miles Meadows ...
Sean Tyler Foley ...
Lou Garson (as Tyler Foley)
John Hargensen


This is the story of Carrie White, a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with unbelievable telekinetic powers, and is slowly being pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both cruel classmates at her school, and her own religious, but abusive, mother. Soon, she discovers she has telekinetic powers; and when the most gruesome of gags is played on her on prom night, all bets are off. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For a night you won't forget.... Join Carrie at the prom. See more »


TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

4 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carrie - A Estranha  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Bryan Fuller added some more positive dialogue about religion after he was asked to do so by David Keith. One example is the scene in which Carrie makes statements about her own faith as opposed to her mother's views. See more »


It is unclear how Ms. Dejardin managed to hoist herself up and get through the air vent all before the gym burned down. See more »


Detective John Mulcahey: You and Christine Hargenson, friends until the end?
Sue Snell: I wouldn't say that.
Detective John Mulcahey: What would you say?
Sue Snell: We had our differences.
Detective John Mulcahey: Differences about Carrie White?
Sue Snell: Differences about a lot of things. I played with Barbie, she played with horses. She's a back to front, I'm a front to back.
See more »


References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »


Outside, Looking In
Performed by Hypnogaja
Courtesy of Access Denied Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

They're all gonna laugh at you, again.
4 November 2002 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

A curious thing happened to me today. After reading "Salem's Lot" for the umpteenth time, I was reminded of how that book and "Carrie" are two of my favorite Stephen King stories. I started looking around the 'net and found out that there are several proposed remakes for "Salem's Lot" in the works. That got me curious about "Carrie", and I found out there was indeed a remake in the fact it was finished, and on the air TONIGHT. I just finished watching it, and my feelings about it are rather mixed.

I've always felt that the attention given the Brian DePalma original, especially people who regard it as a 'genre classic', was a little unjustified. Yes, Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were great. So were Amy Irving and Betty Buckley, and I have nothing but respect for DePalma. But something just didn't click. I didn't feel it did the book justice, especially in the way it left out Carrie's rampage through town at the end of King's novel. I was all for the idea of a remake, and I wasn't cynical about it being a TV movie--"Salem's Lot" was both scary and absorbing, despite being made for broadcast television.

So now we have the made-for-TV "Carrie", which brings us equal parts of good and bad.

The unhealthy feeling of deja-vu was a little distracting, since the script stuck close to King's book (as did the 1976 film). The trendy TV-drama camerawork (you know, the handheld shots that look like they were filmed by an epileptic) was less than impressive, and the film sorely lacked DePalma's artistry in composition. Many of the crucial scenes lacked establishing shots, and there were some very inappropriate closeups.

But there were some intriguing aspects to the film as well. Patricia Clarkson, as Margaret White, really brought something human to the role, whereas Piper Laurie (in the original) went way over the top and played the film like it was a comedy. In this movie, there was a truly pathetic sense of frustration in the relationship between Carrie and Margaret that was missing from DePalma's film. Additionally, the TV movie's lengthy runtime left plenty of room for the inclusion of some of the novel's more memorable sequences, such as the hail of stones that Carrie summons on the house as a little girl. Although I wouldn't say that Angela Bettis was necessarily better than Sissy Spacek as Carrie, I will say that the script gave her a lot more to do with the character. In this film, Carrie comes off as awkward but observant, and one scene in particular between Carrie and Sue Snell in a drugstore really establishes her emerging confidence. I really liked Kandyse McClure as Sue, by the way, and it was eerie at times how much she resembled Amy Irving from the original. Even though I love Nancy Allen, I didn't really like her take on Chris Hargensen, and I have to say that I thought Emilie de Ravin was really good at being a bitchy high school teen.

Although it was comparatively short on gore, "Carrie" did have a few surprises and some terrific shocks, especially the way the filmmakers took some of DePalma's ideas and expanded on them (such as the use of a killer basketball backboard). It was a little satisfying to see Carrie's rampage through Chamberlain realized on film, and one of this film's strongest points is how it doesn't try to pretend that anybody doesn't know what is going to happen. Rather, it embraces the novel's use of flashback by showing the survivors of "prom night" being interviewed by the police after the disaster is over.

But the thing that really made me react like a drunken football fan whose team just scored the winning touchdown? An Argento-esque zoom shot inside of somebody's body to show their internal organs. I was ecstatic.

The only part of the movie that truly did not work was the absurd conclusion, which cheats on the entire tragedy of the whole drama, as well as tacking on some transparent attempts at duplicating DePalma's infamous (and endlessly copied) hand-from-the-grave shock from the 1976 original.

While this "Carrie" doesn't really have the vision or finesse of DePalma, I thought it was extremely well-produced and competently directed, and the little extra bits of story that we got to see restored to this screenplay should be extremely gratifying for fans of King's book.

38 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts it dated?? ore27
Were you surprised by the ending? GuyfromCanada
If some things were changed this movie would've been GOOD! letthegreengirlgo
What definitely ruined this film zevitorsantos
You can't be serious.... rachelbabyyy
I'm sorry, but Angela Bettis' age? Libra27
Discuss Carrie (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: