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'The Rage: Carrie 2"

By Desson Howe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 12, 1999

  Movie Critic

The Rage: Carrie 2
Emily Bergl stars as Carrie in "The Rage." (MGM-UA)

Robert Mandel; Katt Shea
Amy Irving;
Emily Bergl;
Jason London;
Dylan Bruno;
J. Smith Cameron;
Rachel Blanchard;
Zachary Ty Bryan
Running Time:
1 hour, 44 minutes
Contains obscenity and bloody violence
Even among the misguided, unethical, numskull ranks of so many, many film producers, it's hard to believe anyone had the idea to revisit Brian DePalma's "Carrie," which enjoyed a certain perverse perfection and narrative completion.

When someone goes to Hell in a burning house in the first film, that ought to be pretty sequel-proof, don't you think? And you'd think Amy Irving (whose character is the lone survivor in the first picture's slaughter finale) would run screaming from a follow-up. But no, we have to go through the Carrie Thing again, with Irving playing a school guidance counselor and Emily Bergl playing Rachel, a Different Kind of Girl with the ability to send coffee cups flying.

When Rachel's best friend Lisa (Mena Suvari) suffers a lover's suicide, this sets the telekinetic one on a destructive course, which messes up her budding affair with school stud (Jason London) and creates the same old bloodbath. Only reason to watch this: the grisly reward Irving receives for being in this picture.

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