"The Crucified Jesus stared down at Carrie mournfully. His sorrowful, bleeding eyes, casted upon her, and they knew all the secrets of woman-blood, that her mother had never told..."-(CARRIE Novel)
|Born|| 21 Sept, 1963 in novel and 1976 film|
September 21, 1984 in 2002 TV movie
September 21 , 1995 in 2013 remake
|Died|| May 28, 1979 in novel and 1976 film|
Alive in the 2002 movie
June 22, 2013 in the 2013 movie (presumably)
|Also known as||Carrie White|
|Title(s)||High School Prom Queen|
|Family members|| Sadie Cochran (great-grandmother) †|
John Brighman (grandfather) †
Judith Cochran (grandmother)
Ralph White (father) †
Margaret White (mother) †
Rachel Lang (half-sister) (sequel only) †
|Occupation||Student of Ewen Consolidated High School|
Ewen Consolidated High School (formerly)
Margaret White (formerly)
|Portrayed by|| Sissy Spacek(1976 and The Rage) |
Angela Bettis (2002)
Chloë Grace Moretz (2013)
Carrietta N. White (b. 21 Sept 1995; d. 22 Jun 2013), simply known as "Carrie" is the titular protagonist from Stephen King's first Horror Novel titled Carrie, published in 1974. In the story, Carrie was allegedly the only daughter of Margaret Brigman and Ralph White, (even though it hints Ralph may have had other children with different women). Carrie was also the granddaughter of Judith Cochran and John Brigman, and the great-granddaughter of Sadie Cochran.
History of Carrietta White:Edit
"There's something that no one seems to understand. She wasn't some monster...she was just a girl..."-Sue SnellFor all of her lonely childhood and misunderstood teenage life, Carrie, an only child, whose father abandoned his family and later died in a construction accident, was secretly abused and beaten into submission by her mentally ill religiously-fanatical mother. Later Carrie was constantly mistreated by her classmates because of her differences. Since first grade Carrie had been the school's scapegoat and outcast. Indeed, Carrie was at the bottom of the social pyramid, but what no one knew, not even her mother, was that Carrietta White was no ordinary girl, as she had been blessed or cursed, with hidden telekinetic and telepathic powers that were dormant during her youth, but brought to full force by the time she was in high school after she unexpectedly had her first period in the girl's locker room. This incident would cause a chain reaction of events to occur that would lead to not only Carrie's demise but also hundreds of others, whether guilty or innocent. Since Carrie had no previous knowledge about the concept of menstruation the student's rejection of Carrie became even fiercer. Tragically, when a so-called "prank" at her senior prom involving pig's blood pushed her to her breaking point and beyond her limits, Carrie used the wild talents she possessed to seek sweet revenge and make her bullies pay for their cruel actions. Carrie mercilessly eliminated anyone who had ever hurt, neglected, or underestimated her before returning home after leaving a path of destruction in her wake to ultimately confront (and finally kill) her crazy, homicidal mother before dying on that very same night that ended up making national history. In the end, an entire town was destroyed, taking 440 lives with it.
In one iteration of her story, Carrie died as a result of injuries. In the second iteration, Carrie survived the prom night massacre and the trauma associated with it. She then made plans to move to Florida and start her life over with the help of Sue Snell who felt sorry for her. In the third it is not clear and is left to the imagination. But regardless of the iteration, Carrie has been vilified by the surviving residents of Chamberlain, only because she chose to fight back against the constant and collective tormenting and bullying in a way that most people cannot understand or comprehend.
"In the steamy locker room, the senior girls of Ewen High moved like ballerinas under the hot water of the school showers, gracefully stretching, flicking water, squirting white bars of soap from hand to hand. Carrie stood among them stolidly; a frog among swans. She was a slightly chunky girl with pimples on her neck and back and buttocks, no one would call her attractive. Her wet, mousey hair, dirty blonde yet completely without colour. It rested against her face with dispirited sogginess and she simply stood, head slightly bent, letting the water splat against her flesh and roll off. She looked the part of the sacrificial goat, the constant butt, believer in left-handed monkey wrenches, perpetual foul-up, and she was. "-(Carrie 1974)
"Carrie had been going to school with some of them since the first grade, and this had been building since that time, building slowly and immutably, in accordance with all the laws that govern human nature, building with all the steadiness of a chain reaction approaching critical mass. What none of them knew, of course, was that Carrietta White was telekinetic. (Graffiti scratched on a desk of the Barker Street Grammar school in Chamberlain: "Roses are red, violets are blue...but Carrie White eats shit!") -Carrie (1974)
"It was time to teach them a lesson. Time to show them a thing or two. She giggled hysterically. It was one of Momma's pet phrases. "-Carrie (1974)
"Just below the thrones, a live 220-volt electricity cable was crackling on the floor and beside it Rhonda Simard was doing a crazed puppet dance in her green tulle formal. Its full skirt suddenly blazed into flame and she fell forward, still jerking. It might have been at that moment that Carrie went over the edge, her heart was pumping wildly. "- Carrie (1974)
"Oh Momma help me!" Carrie cried out. "Let's pray", Momma said softly. Her eyes fixed on Carrie's and there was a crazed, awful compassion in them. Momma leaned forward, and the butcher knife glistened in the darkness, coming down in a shining arc. Carrie, perhaps seeing out of the tail of her eye, jerked away, and instead of penetrating her back, the knife went into her shoulder to the hilt. Carrie's blood began to ooze from around the handle of the knife and slowly dripped onto the wooden floor."-(Carrie 1974)
In the novel, Carrie White is described as being rather unattractive, she is a "Frog among Swans ". In appearance Carrie is slightly overweight with pimples on her neck, on her back and on her buttocks. She has flat, oiley, mousey and colorless dirty-blonde hair and very pale skin. In the first section of the story, Carrie had a greasy face with blackheads and wore stockings that were always run, running, or about to run and she was always showing sweat stains under the arms of her blouses. In the second section of the story, Carrie attempts to fix herself up on the night of the prom and makes an effort in enhancing her appearance, she is described as actually looking pretty, for the first time in her entire life. Carrie lived in the very small and peaceful town of Chamberlain, Maine with her severely mentally unstable mother who had cut her daughter off from all social life due to her religious beliefs.
Before Carrie's father died, both Carrie’s parents had left the local Baptist church many years before, because they believed Baptist were doing the work of the Antichrist. But they never found any other church in the area that was up to their traditional standards so they held worship at home instead. When Ralph passed away, her mother survived off the money from the insurance and by working at the local laundry.
- The level of Carrie's "un-coolness" and the height of constant bullying and abuse she endured at the hands of her mother and fellow peers in the book was far more extreme compared to the movie versions. Here are many examples: At Christian Summer-Camp her comrades played pranks on her such as hiding all her underwear and putting a snake in her shoe, or short sheeting her bunk-bed. Later when Carrie urinated in the bushes on the camp's hiking trip and came into contact with poison ivy after wiping with the wrong leaves, the kids called her "Sctrach-Ass". When she swam in the camp's lake they ducked her head underwater. At first it was funny, until she couldn't get her breath, but the kids kept doing it and Carrie got panicky and began to scream for air. She had even tried to take part in the other camp's activities, but the jokes never stopped playin on "ole prayin, fart-face Carrie", until she had come home on the bus a week early; her eyes, red and socketed from weeping. She was picked up by her Momma at the station and sent to the closet to pray afterwards. Once the classmates found a love letter from Carrie to a boy named Flash Bobby Pickett and the students made hundreds of copies of it and pasted it all over the school's campus for all to see. One year Carrie was given the cruel nickname of "Pudding-Pop", and the next year she became known as "Pizza-Face". A boy named Billy Preston put peanut butter in her hair when she fell asleep in study hall; the books deliberately knocked from her desk; the pinches, the pokes, the wedgies, the legs outstretched in the cafeteria aisles to trip her; the obscene notes tucked into her purse when she wasn't looking. These were all the things Carrie faced day in and day out. Once when Carrie was at the school picnic she bent down to pray and the seam of her skirt loudly ripped at the crack of her butt, causing everyone to laugh. In sports, Carrie was always missing the ball, even in kickball. Or clumsily running into the net during volleyball. Carrie is also uncoordinated in her movements and once fell flat on her face during Dance class in sophomore year and chipped a tooth. One time Chris Hargensen called her house phone after school from the downtown "Kelly Fruit Company ", where all the popular teens hung out to ask her if she knew that "Pig-Poop" was spelled: C-A-R-R-I-E.
At home, Carrie's life is just as awful. Margaret doesn't allow Carrie to have any friends, take interest in things such as celebrities and fashion, listen to rock music, sleep with a pillow, or even take showers as Margaret believes showers are godless; Carrie must only take baths. Behind closed doors, Carrie was beaten into submission on a daily basis and regularly dragged and violently shoved into a prayer closet by her mother. Especially on the day she came home after the shower incident (with the implication, that this was one out of many instances, where Carrie was forced into the closet for offenses she might not have even committed). Also in the book Carrie is sometimes locked in the closet for days on end without food or water or even bathroom breaks. Carrie is so controlled by her mother she is even forced to wear unbecoming and outdated clothes and forbidden to wear the color red, as Margaret believes red is the "Devil's Color".
Now there are instances, where Carrie's special abilities manifested all by itself without her even trying. It was usually trigger by her own inner frustration and private misery, and would flare whenever she lost her temper. For example, when Carrie was almost three years old she encountered a young and beautiful neighbor girl named Stella Horan who was sunbathing topless. Seeing this, Carrie asked about her "Dirty Pillows" (a phrase Carrie's mother installed into her head referring to breast). When Margaret caught Carrie talking to Stella she severely scolded Carrie and forced her back into their house. Suddenly, a shower of hail fell on the White's bungalow, while Carrie was being harshly abused by Margaret. Minutes later a rain of stones pelted against their home causing several damages on the White's property, and a large mahogany dinner table was sent flying through one of the house's window, shattering the glass. Carrie's powers were strong even when she was a small child and she was also able to read other people's minds and inner thoughts when they were close enough to her, namely Miss Desjardin, the gym instructor, who secretly harbored both disgust and pity for the young lady.
When Carrie was sixteen years old, she unexpectedly had her first period while taking a shower in the girls locker room after gym class. Due to her mother's religious believes, Margaret refused to discuss the concept of menstruation with Carrie, resulting in Carrie to think she was internally bleeding to death. The idea that this could be the girl's first period did not occur to Carrie's female classmates. As with everything else, Carrie was viciously teased and mercilessly bullied by the girls in her physical education class as they threw tampons, mini-towels and sanitary napkins at her while loudly chanting: "PLUG-IT-UP!!! " Miss Desjardin came out of her office to stop the commtion. And to stop the hysterical Carrie from panicking, Miss Desjardin slapped her across the face which caused a lightbulb above them to explode and a bucket of baseball bats to knock over all by itself. Miss Desjardin calmed Carrie down and reassured her everything was going to be okay and that she wasn't dying. Afterwards she explained to Carrie what menstruation was and told her it was a natural part of womanhood.
"I'll walk home home." Carrie said softly. Her damp hair hung in front of her red face. She got up, then looked around at Miss Desjardin. Her eyes were wide open and dark with painful knowledge. "They all laughed at me, threw things. They've always laughed." Desjardin could only look at Carrie helplessy..."-(Carrie 1974)
More of Carrie's powers were demonstrated on that same day. Assistant Principal Mr. Morton, who dismissed Carrie for the day, kept calling her "Cassie." Carrie yelled, that was not her name and his ash tray fell off his desk by itself. While she walked home, a five year old boy, Tommy Erbter, verbally abused Carrie while riding past her on his bicycle. Carrie looked at the boy with rage as he went flying off the bicycle as if an unseen force had pushed him, and as he landed he seriously hurt himself. This surprised both Tommy and Carrie, who walked away as if nothing had happened.
Later that day, after Margaret found out about the incident from the school she cruelly punished Carrie. She beat Carrie with her favorite Bible, forced her on her knees with her to pray and locked Carrie in the closet against her will for hours to ask God for "forgiveness" for having committed the "original sin" of becoming a woman due to showering naked with the other girls at school, which Margaret forbid.
A few days later at school, Carrie was approached by Tommy Ross who asked her to go to the senior prom with him. Tommy was a talented and handsome jock who was even approached by the Boston Red Sox Team who wanted to recruit him after he graduated. He also was the boyfriend of one of the girl's who tormented Carrie earlier in the book, Sue Snell.
Sue felt guilty for her mistreatment towards Carrie and wanted to make it up to her by lending Carrie her potential prom date. This was a very good thing because Carrie also had a secret crush on Tommy. Although originally skeptical at first and against the idea, Carrie's hesitation was quickly forgotten and she subsequently accepted Tommy's invitation because she just couldn't resist the offer at the chance to finally experience being treated as if she fit in, even if it was only for just one night. Carrie was very nervous, excited and happy all at the same time and was determined to keep her promise to Tommy and go. But when Carrie told her mother about the prom offer, Margaret threw her hot tea in Carrie's face and ranted and raved. She told Carrie that the boys always come after the blood and that all boys want from girls is sex; how they like to take virgins in their cars to do ungodly things with them. Margaret finally told Carrie that she would not allow her daughter to engage in such sinfulness after all she'd been taught. She then proceeded to slap Carrie and ordered her to go in the closet to pray, but Carrie refused. As Margaret tried to hit Carrie, Carrie stood up to her mother and stopped Margaret's hand in mid-air with her telekinesis, preventing the blow from reaching her face. Carrie told her mother that she wanted to live her own life and that things were going to change and be different, and that she was going to the prom with or without Margaret's permission; the ultimate blasphemy to her.
Just before the prom, Carrie tried on the beautiful prom dress she made. The gown was a thick fabric of crushed red velvet that allowed Carrie's cleavage to slightly show. Carrie also tried on matching high-heel shoes and a lovely crosage to complete the look. For the very first time in her young life, Carrie honestly looked and felt beautiful, which was a little frightening to her. When Margaret saw her daughter dressed up in the color red, and revealing her "dirty pillows", she immediately ordered Carrie to burn the dress and demanded that they do penance together and pray but Carrie stood her ground and refused. To manipulate Carrie into staying at home, Margaret began to physically hurt herself as she scratched and clawed at own her face, pulled her hair out and punched herself in the mouth, causing herself to bleed a little. Carrie ignored her mother's negative actions and even used her powers to slide her mother out the door of her bedroom in order to get ready. Later that night, Tommy picked up Carrie for the prom, while Margaret prayed silently in another room.
Arriving at Thomas Ewen High School's Senior Prom "Spring Ball" escorted by Tommy, Carrie was left feeling speechless and uncooth to all the glamour surrounding her yet slowly began to feel comfortable while opening up to her peers. Carrie even made a few small jokes with some of the prom goers who finally treated her equally and with respect for once. For the first time since she can remember, Carrie enjoyed herself and Tommy even became romantically attractive to Carrie in secret.
"I love your prom dress. Where'd you buy it?" Asked Frieda. "I made it." Said Carrie in a shy voice. "Oh, made it?" Frieda's eyes widened in surprise. "No shit!" Carrie felt herself blushing furiously. "Yes, I did. I like to sew. I got the material at John's in Andover. The pattern is really quite easy, I'd make you a dress if you'd like. "Really? That'd be far out!" Frieda replied.-(Carrie 1974)Little did Carrie know, or anyone else for that matter, was that Carrie was walking into a sick prank initiated by another girl in her class, Chris Hargensen, the main antagonist of Carrie's tormentors who ruthlessly bullied her earlier in the book, as well as all her life. In the book, Chris is also the most beautiful and popular girl in school who's father was a successful and very wealthy lawyer. Chris believes Carrie was to blam for her being banned from going to the prom after she became the ringleader in humiliating Carrie in the girl's locker room when Carrie received her first period. So as revenge, Chris had her greaser boyfriend who was the leader of a dangerous gang in Chamberlain named Billy Nolan, and a few of their friends, partake in the plot against Carrie to embarrass her in front of the entire student body. Chris had Billy viciously slaughter and kill two pigs at a local farm and drain their blood into two big metal buckets. Then Billy placed the buckets over the school's stage on a high rafter beam completely hidden out of sight. Chris then had her friends rig the ballots for prom King and Queen to ensure that Carrie and Tommy would win the contest. On the night of the prom, Chris and Billy arrived to the school unseen. They quietly lurked outside the gym patiently. Just as planned, Carrie and Tommy are announced as the winners. A lush dog fur collar was thrown over Carrie's shoulders and Tommy was given a sceptre wrapped in aluminium foil. Then the two were immediately ushered up onto the stage to be crowned. But when the school song began, this was the cue for an unseen Chris to pull a rope cord that caused the two buckets above to tip over and drench Carrie and Tommy with the rotting pig's blood while they sat on the thrones for the King and Queen.
"When the bucket fell, she was at first only aware of a loud, metallic clang, like a gong. Then she was deluged in thick warmth and wetness. She closed her eyes instinctively. There was a grunt from beside her, and in the part of her mind that had come so recently awake, she sensed brief pain: (Tommy). The applause and music was cut off and came to a crashing, discordant halt, a few clapping hands and singing voices hung on after it like broken strings, and in the sudden deadness of silence and anticipation, filling the gap between event and realization, like doom, she heard someone say quite clearly: "My God, that's blood!" A moment later, as if to ram the truth of it home, to make it utterly and exactly clear and officially real; someone screamed. Carrie stood there with her eyes still closed and felt the big black sea of gut-wrenching humiliation rise over her like a titlewave, the terror was now rising in her head: Momma had been right after all. They had fooled her again, tricked her again, gulled her again, made her the butt again! The horror of it should have been monotonous, but it was not--they had gotten her here, up here, up here in front of the whole school. They had repeated the locker room scene all over again, but ten times fold. They had finally given her the shower they wanted, yet this time the voice had said "My God that's blood!" Instead of "Plug it up!" -(Carrie Novel)
"They were drenched. Carrie got it the worst. She looked exactly as if she had been dipped in a bucket of red paint. And she just stood there, staring out at everyone..."-(Carrie 1974)
Seconds after the blood dump, one of the buckets fell on top of Tommy's head, knocking him out instantly. The prank was followed by a rain of cruel laughter by everyone in the room including the teachers and chaperones in mass hysteria. Carrie, thinking additionally that Tommy had been purposely killed for taking her to prom, was overcome with humiliation and utter grief. She clumsily attempted to flee the blood splattered thrones. But when Carrie hopped off the stage's platform, Miss Desjardin came rushing towards her with lying compassion. Before she could reach her, Carrie looked at Miss Desjardin's direction and she flew backwards as if pushed by an unseen force. Miss Desjardin hit the wall so hard the impact gave her a bloody nose. Before Carrie could make it to the exit, she was deliberately tripped by someone in the crowed and fell, causing the laughter to grow even louder. Eventually Carrie made her way through the exit and out the lobby doors, losing both her high-heel shoes as if she were Cinderella. Once outside and alone, Carrie began to weep on the front lawn of the school's campus. Tricked once again, Carrie was going to simply accept what had happened and shamefully return back to her home to admit to her mother she'd been right after all. But Carrie suddenly changed her mind upon realizing that she had a special gift to use as a secret weapon. Her telekinesis would give her the ability to make her tormentors pay for what they had done. She had the ((((POWER))))...
"They all hate and they never stop. They never get tired of it. Imagine Chris Hargensen all bloody and screaming for mercy, with rats crawling all over her face. Good. Good. Crash in her head with a rock, with a boulder. Crash in all their hearts. Good. Good... "-(Carrie 1974)
In a cold rage, Carrie's mind finally snapped as her thoughts went off the deep end and she returned to the school barefoot and with a sadistic vengeance and a thirst for bloody revenge. When she saw, how poor Tommy had fallen from the throne to the ground with people surrounding him, Carrie knew he was already dead. So she wanted to avenge Tommy and get justice for him as well. As Carrie stood safely outside the auditorium, she set about locking all the prom goers inside the gym, teachers and students alike by telekinetically sealing the gymnasium doors, slamming them shut all at once. Many people inside panicked and that started a stampede. They tried to bang on the doors, open them, but Carrie's powers were far too strong, they were trapped!
Carrie then peered into the glass windows and turned on the sprinkler system to wet everyone and ruin their expensive tuxedos and gowns; the only regret she had was it was raining water and not blood. Suddenly, one of the band musicians on stage was severely electrocuted by the large amp that had gotten soaked from water. This made Carrie laugh and she used her mind to break the backstage high-voltage power cables by picturing them in her head and threw them crackling on the wet stage causing purple sparks to fly into the air. Two students on the platform were also Immediately electrocuted to death; the body of a boy named Vic Mooney began to convulse uncontrollably when he touched the microphone and volts of electricity violently danced through his body. And the entire body of a girl named Rhonda Simards instantly bursted into flames from getting too close to the wet stage equipment. Carrie then telekinetically used the cables like slithering snakes and dropped them upon the wet ground below. When the cables withered in the puddles of water, there was a violent flash, like lightning, and many people were also killed. Once the hot sparks from the cables caught onto the prom's backdrop mural, causing it to completely catch fire, the flames quickly spread throughout the entire gym. Carrie mercilessly left her peers trapped inside with the now dead Tommy to be consumed by the hellish inferno created by her telekinetic abilities and the rest was history.
However, before moving on, the town emergency whistle went off and startled her. As a result, Carrie's mind's eye lost sight of the gymnasium doors for a second and some of the prom goers almost got out. But Carrie used her power and slammed them shut again, catching somebody's fingers (to her it felt like Dale Norbert) in the jamb, severing one of them.
Despite Carrie's hostile revenge, a few lucky students and Miss Desjardin were smart enough to escape via fire exit down the auditorium's corridor in the hallway next to the gym. It was the one and only exist that Carrie forgot to seal. The survivors got out just in time before being electrocuted and burned to death with everyone else still inside. When Carrie left the campus to return to her home, she made sure no one could put out her fire or tame her flames as she opened all the fire hydrants near the area to prevent the fire trucks from helping or saving anyone stuck inside. Eventually the gym exploded a half-hour later, demolishing the entire school.
Carrie's powers initiated a rampage causing much worse disasters in downtown Chamberlain than at the high school. As Carrie walked home she left a path of destruction in her wake: she "flexed" her mind as hard as she could and made local gas mains at numerous corner stations explode and let the gas from the broken pumps leak into the town streets, destroying the local shops and business. She also made fire hydrants explode, flooding the streets with water and a mixture of the spilt gasoline, allowing the liquid to flow even further along into the roads. Carrie then brought down several powerlines and when the snapped power wires hit the gas soaked streets it ignited several wildfires and burned down many nearby neighborhoods while also electrocuting hundreds of innocent bystanders in the streets as they evacuated from their burning homes. By this point, the entire heart of Chamberlain was up in flames, taking literally hundreds of lives with it.
Also, Carrie let loose a side effect of her abilities: "broadcast telepathy," which means that anyone within a certain radius of the disaster area suddenly found themselves learning about the destruction at Ewen High and downtown Chamberlain. They also learned from this telepathy, that it was "Carrietta White" causing the destruction, regardless if they knew or not who Carrie even was. During the entire event, Carrie seemed completely catatonic and was believed to even be "smiling" as she moved along. She then went into a cathedral to pray, while at the same time, objects from the church (such as pews, hymnals and a Communion set) were thrown.
Carrie finally made it back home still covered in blood, much of it being her own by now, and had the intention of killing her mother who had been waiting for her daughter to return to her. Margaret then told her about her miscarriage and the true story of how she considered killing herself after having premarital intercourse with Ralph. She also confessed that Carrie was conceived by marital rape and that she was a punishment from God. Margaret, believing that Carrie was possessed by Satan himself, took out Ralph's old butcher-knife from the folds of her dress. She told Carrie, she tried to kill her twice before during the first few years of Carrie's life, but she "backslid." As Carrie fell down to her knees to pray with her mother, Margaret stabbed her daughter in the shoulder and hit an artery, causing Carrie to bleed heavily. In return, Carrie used her powers to slow her mother's heart down, eventually stopping it completely and killing her by a heart attack. Carrie then left her mother and exited the house because the whole neighborhood street was on fire, consuming all the houses on the block one after the other.
Carrie, with the knife still hitched deep in her shoulder, wandered aimlessly until she approached the roadhouse called "The Cavalier", where her father drunk himself into a stupor before raping Margaret. Carrie arrives just in time to catch Chris and Billy fleeing the establishment after making love inside. Knowing she is responsible for what has happen to Ewen High and downtown Chamberlain, the two tried to run Carrie down with Billy's car. However, Carrie "felt" the car approaching and wrestled the oncoming vehicle with her telekinesis and by turning the car completely around before it got to her. Carrie caused the rubber tires to burn so badly it caused deep skid-marks in the lot. Finally Carrie violently slammed it full force into the roadhouse. The car exploded, killing both Chris and Billy instantly and also destroying the building.
After the explosion, Carrie collapsed on the lot out of exhaustion from the blood loss caused by her wound. Sue, who had been following the trail of destruction caused by Carrie in hopes of tracking her down to stop her rampage, finally arrived a short time later only to find Carrie nearly dead on the ground in the burning lot. Carrie, weak and slowly dying from her injuries blamed Sue for the prank. But before Carrie died Sue invited Carrie into her mind to see that she had no part in planning the nasty joke that occrued earlier that evening. And just paired her up with Tommy as amends for locker room incident. Carrie found that Sue was innocent and never really felt any hatred towards. After crying out for her mother, Carrie died in Sue's arms and as her body began to shut down Sue also felt Carrie dying and experienced her death as well due to their physic connection minutes prior. Seconds after, Sue got up to fetch for help but could feel herself miscarrying, though she initially thought that she was apparently having her period. Whether it was her really miscarrying Tommy's baby or a just a period caused by a side effect from Sue's and Carrie's brief connection is unknown.
Death of Carrie White & her AftermathEdit
Carrietta N. White dies on the 28th May 1979 at 2 A.M. Her body was taken away by the authorities after it was identified by Sue Snell to understand the reasons of her death. Her brain was later examined to understand, if she had anomalies in her brain, which may enable the authorities to understand her eventual telekinesis. The night of the "Black Prom" hits the nation bigger than the JFK Assassination with nearly five hundred deaths confirmed and over a dozen bodies still missing. Carrie's story becomes a widely discussed subject and in 1986, seven years after the tragedy, a memoir book by Sue is eventually written titled My Name Is Sue Snell. In the book, Sue warns her readers to never forget about the horrifying events surrounding Carrie White, or a national tragedy like Chamberlain's might happen again in the future.
In the end of the aftermath, Carrie leaves her mark on the world and a haunting legacy. Chamberlain never fully recovered from the town's devastating damages and it becomes a virtual ghost town, that has become a tourist attraction for what Carrie did. Carrie's body was eventually buried in a graveyard and she was finally put to rest. Interestingly, Carrie's headstone makes a cameo appearance in the novel (IT) which also takes place in Maine.
The book closes with a letter written by a hillbilly woman in Tennessee whose baby daughter is developing incredibly strong advanced telekinetic abilities as well. However, unlike Margaret White, she expresses fascination with her daughter's natural abilities, and predicts that her daughter will become a "real world-beater someday". (This may be interpreted as Carrie having risen above her oppression and having been reincarnated into a more loving home.)
- Excerpt from a letter dated May 3, 1988, from Amelia Jenks, Royal Knob, Tennessee, to Sandra Jens, Maiken, Georgia: And your little niece is growin like a weed, awfull big for only 2. She has blue eyes like her daddy and my blond hair but that will porubly go dark. Still she is awfull pretty & I think sometimes when she is asleep how she looks like our momma. The other day wile she was playin in the dirt beside the house I sneeked around and saw the funnyest thing. Annie was playin with her brothers marbles only they was mooving around all by themselfs. Annie was giggeling and laffing but I was a little skared. Some of them marbles was going right up & down. It reminded me of gramma, do you remember when the law came up that time after Pete and there guns flew out of there hands and grammie just laffed and laffed. And she use to be able to make her rocker go even when she wasen in it. I gave me a reel bad turn to think on it. I shure hope she don't get heartspels like grammie did, remember? Well I must go & do a wash so give my best to Rich and take care to send us some pitchers when you can. Still our Annie is awfull pretty & her eyes are as brite as buttons. I bet she'll be a worldbeeter someday. All my love,
The 1976 movie version of Carrie was portrayed by Sissy Spacek. Here, Carrie had long strawberry blonde hair and clear skin and the plot of the movie is close to that of the novel, but certain differences did occur.
This Carrie was similar to the "novel Carrie," in that she was abused by her mother, Margaret, and constantly teased by her classmates. Carrie had her first period while showering after a PE class and, instead of the other girls helping her out, they threw sanitary napkins at Carrie and yelled, "Plug it up!" The gym teacher, here named Ms. Collins, stopped the debacle.
Then Carrie was asked to the upcoming senior prom at Norman Bates High School by the handsome Tommy Ross, boyfriend to Sue Snell, one of Carrie's tormentors. Sue persuaded Tommy to take Carrie to the prom in her place out of guilt for her part in the shower incident.
As the story unfolds, Carrie's mother would not hear of her child doing something such as going to the prom, for Margaret constantly reminded Carrie, that boys only want to satisfy their intimate desires with girls, and once that happens it will lead Carrie down a road of endless sin. Carrie, however, had had enough of hearing, that everything was sinful. She saw the prom as a new beginning. A further fight with her mother on the night of the prom only fueled Carrie's resolve.
Carrie began to gradually emerge from the shell, under which she had lived since childhood, as she mingled with the other prom goers. When she and Tommy were called up to the stage later in the evening to be crowned the prom king and queen, Carrie could hardly contain her joy, because she had finally felt, what it was like to "belong."
But it didn't last long, because, while Carrie and Tommy were on stage, Chris Hargensen and her boyfriend Billy Nolan were hiding underneath to keep tabs on Carrie's location, so that they could unleash the torrent of pig´s blood upon her, when the moment came. When it was over, poor Carrie had blood in her hair and on her gown. Tommy was seething at what happened, but the bucket. that held the blood, fell on his head, knocking him to the stage floor, maybe even killing him in front of Carrie. While some stood in disbelief looking horrified, others were mad with laughter, especially some of Billy's crew and one of Chris' clique, Norma Watson. Ms. Collins, who, earlier bonded with Carrie like a friend.
Carrie stood alone, drenched in blood and on the stage as the last threads of her sanity were broken and had a vision of everyone laughing at her, the teachers too. Finally caving in to her insanity, Carrie became catatonic. She remembered her "gift" and began exacting revenge by locking the gym doors, where the prom took place (crushing Billy's friends within); releasing a fire hose and spraying everyone in sight and eventually hitting electrical apparatus and setting off a huge fire. Carrie left the gym at the climax of her revenge leaving all the students to burn. Later, when Chris and Billy attempted to mow her down with Billy's car and effectively complete their plans, Carrie telekinetically threw the car into a roll before causing it to explode, killing both passengers burning them in flames. When Carrie returned home, she found both floor and ceiling was littered with lit candles. She then went upstairs to wash the blood from her body and change into a nightgown. She called out for "Momma," and found Margaret waiting for her. Carrie broke down and told her mother they all laughed as Margaret said they would. In turn Margaret told her daughter about the night she and Ralph made Carrie out of wedlock.
Margaret then brought Carrie to her knees so that the two could properly pray together. Meanwhile, Margaret had "snapped" earlier on and hidden a knife under one of the floor boards to stab Carrie with, having fallen to the belief that her daughter was ruled by Satan. While they both recited the Lord's Prayer, Margaret stabbed Carrie and caused her to fall downstairs, backwards. She then stalked the frightened child throughout the house, eventually backing Carrie into a corner. Finally, Carrie used her powers to "crucify" her mother to the kitchen doorway.
When it was over, Carrie was overwhelmed by guilt, grief and rage. She screamed to the top of her lungs and grabbed her mother. However, Carrie's powers "spiraled" out of control and caused the house to collapse around her and her mother. Quickly removing Margaret's body from the doorway, Carrie raced for the kitchen closet where she spent many nights being forced to pray for forgiveness and shut the door. Within, Carrie was hit in the head by falling debris and killed. The house was also set aflame due to some of the lit candles falling down, and it eventually sank underground, taking Carrie and Margaret with it.
Sue is the only survivor and, when Sue one day dreams of having put flowers to Carrie´s place, she dreams that Carrie's arm comes out of the ground and is scarred from her dream.
Carrie 2: The Rage!Edit
Carrie appears in this movie, too, but in flashbacks through Sue Snell´s memories about what happened regarding the events, which later lead to the Black Prom. We also recognize, that Chamberlain has changed because of Carrie White´s actions. The original high school is in ruins and has not been rebuilt. It has become a sort of memorial of that night, that is haunting the inhabitants one way or another since then. The new Bates High school is now instead in another part of the town and there Rachel Lang, Carrie´s half sister, who is also a telekinetic, is a student of it. There the events of the sequel happen, which will later lead to the Black Party.
2002 filmEditActress Angela Bettis played Carrie in the 2002 remake of the original 1976 film. The younger Carrie was played by Jodelle Ferland. This version of the character was more similar to the novel than Sissy Spacek's portrayal. Throughout much of the movie, there were segments where different characters gave their accounts of the Ewen High prom night incident. Also, the "downtown destruction" segment as portrayed in the novel (which was cut from the classic movie because of budget constraints) occurred here, but it is also shown, that Carrie was not consciously aware of what she was doing, because the evil prank and the subsequent laughter had put her in a temporary, comatose state of mind, which led to the subconscious activation of her rampage. However, when she returns home, she regains her consciousness in the bathtub, where she unconsciously went to clean herself of the blood. There her own mother tried to drown her for being a witch, but she is able to stop her by stopping her heart, but is in a near death situation.
In the aftermath of this version, Carrie did not die, because Sue later came to her place and managed to revive her. She survived her post-prom ordeal with the help of Sue, hid in the ruins of the school and later escaped with Sue to Florida. Carrie later went on to help others with their telekinesis in a hidden manner, eventually setting the stage for a potential TV series. However, that series was never produced, in which Carrie would also have to deal with her guilt regarding what she did.
In the 2013 Carrie Remake film, Carrie White was portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz.
Carrie in this version is more similar to the book, but in modern terms. At the beginning of the film, Carrie has her first period in the showers and is harassed by Chris and her gang. Chris also films Carrie with her phone while the other girls throw tampons and sanitary napkins at Carrie. Ms. Desjardin tries to calm Carrie down and a light fixture breaks by itself.
Carrie is picked up by her mother Margaret and at home dragged into the closet to pray. She screams at her mother and the closet door cracks. Both are shocked. Carrie then falls asleep in the closet shortly afterward. Her mother lets her out and asks Carrie if she finished praying. Carrie says yes and her mother kisses her on the forehead, telling her she loves her.
At school, Carrie suspects that she has telekinesis. She then begins to study everything she can about her power. While practicing at home, the lights flicker and her mother comes up with a knife to check if she is all right. She lies down on the bed with her.
Carrie makes the knife fly off the desk onto the ground, without her mother noticing. She is asked to the prom by Tommy, but thinks it is a trick and is confronted again while walking home. This time she accepts. Now she tries to tell her mother, but she is disinterested and attempts to walk away after telling her no.
Carrie reveals her power to her mother by lifting up all the furniture and her mother off the floor. She demands that she is going and wants to be normal. Carrie sews her own dress and buys makeup, and on prom night, her mother tries to convince her that it is a trick and threatens to tell Tommy the truth. She telekinetically pushes her mother into the closet and locks the door.
She leaves with Tommy and arrives at the prom. There she meets Tommy's friend George and his girlfriend Erika. Carrie is uneasy around them at first but laughs with Erika at their dates goofing off. She laughs when Erika says if they kill each other, she'll just dance with Carrie. When the four sit at their table, Carrie is surprised to see her and Tommy's names on the ballot.
When Tommy asks her if they want to vote for themselves, Carrie is unimpressed. George and Erika leave the two to dance and while Tommy wants to follow them, Carrie is scared to be in the center of attention. Tommy tells her, he wants at least one dance with her. Carrie gives in and dances with him. She feels amazing, as if her whole life has led to this moment.Later, she and Tommy win the election and Carrie is handed flowers while George and Erika cheer them on.
While on stage, Chris drenches Carrie in pig's blood. Carrie is shocked and stares at Tommy in disbelief. Tommy then furiously exclaims, "WHAT THE HELL?!" Carrie begins walking away ignoring Tommy's attempts to get her back on stage. She uses her powers to push Ms. Desjardin away, shocking and scaring George and Erika. The bucket then knocks Tommy unconscious and everyone laughs at Carrie.
Carrie remembers her mother's words and begins running for the door. However after seeing Tommy fall unconscious, she runs back to him and tries to wake him up, but he doesn't. Carrie (along with George, Erika and Ms. Desjardin) is sadden by this believing him to be dead.
However after Chris's video of her having her period appears on screen, Carrie realizes she has had enough. She unleashes her power on everyone by locking the doors and causing objects to fly around the room, killing several people. Sue witnesses this from outside. A fire starts and the school burns down.
In a deleted scene, after Carrie burns Tina, she sees George and Erika staring at her in fear. Carrie stares back at them and after a while, she uses her ability to open an air vent and stops several students from going first. George and Erika run to the vent and Erika nods to Carrie before entering the vent.
After this, Ms. Desjardin and several students managed to escape in the air vent. Many perish in the fire and Carrie leaves, destroying the town, leaving a massive trail of destruction and flames while she walks home.
Eventually, she comes across Chris and Billy who attempt to kill her by running her over, but she uses her power to stop the car and in the process kills Billy and traps Chris in the car, then sends the car flying into the gas station. It blows up, no doubt killing Chris.
Carrie returns home where she finds that her mother has escaped the closet and has gotten hold of a kitchen knife. She strips off her bloody clothes and takes a bath, washing off the blood. She changes into her pajamas and meets her mother in the upstairs hall. Her mother tells her of the night she was raped and therefore conceived her.
Margaret stabs Carrie in the back, but they fly in opposite directions. Carrie then falls down the stairs and brutally hits the wall, leaving a blood stain. Her mother manages to slash her arm in the process. She kills her mother by impaling her with the household objects.
After cradling her mother to death, Carrie realizes what she has done and makes stones begin to rain from the sky. Sue appears shortly afterwards, but is held in the grasp of Carrie. After scanning Sue's brain, she realizes that she had nothing to do with the prank. She tells Sue (who didn't know) that she is pregnant with a girl before throwing her out to safety.
At the end after Sue's words, Carrie's headstone cracks before exploding, you hear her screams. This indicates that Carrie is still alive.
- Carrie (1976 film)
- Carrie: The Musical
- The Dead Zone (novel, mentioned)
- IT (novel, mentioned)
- The Rage: Carrie 2 (archive footage)
- Carrie (2002 film)
- Carrie (2013 film)
- She also shares similarities to Alessa Gillespie from the Silent Hill video game series, as Carrie and Alessa both possessed extremely strong advanced telekinetic/psychokinetic abilities, have been tormented at their schools by their cruel classmates, and both have psychotically religious mothers.
- She shares a similarity to It and a doctor, who is the villain in The Pied Piper. They are all telekinetic.
- She shares a similarity to the dog Max in the horror film Man's Best Friend. They both have been tormented and always get revenge.
- She also shares this similarity to Matilda Wormwood from the Roald Dahl book Matilda, as they both use their powers to get back at those who tormented them.
- She is not killed in the second adaptation and it is hinted, that she lives in the 2013 adaptation as well.
- She is also somewhat similar to Lucy from Elfen Lied, as they both are tormented by students and angrily murdered them as they laughed, using forms of telekinesis.
- She also shares a similarity to Aggie Prenderghast, both being treated as outcast, both having telekinesis and both used their powers to those who offended them.
- She also shares this similarity to Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a girl judged unsightly and humiliated daily by Cordelia Chase, the queen bee of her campus like Chris Hargensen. Willow also obtains a telekinetic power by becoming a witch. Her friendship with Buffy is possibly comparable to the relation between Carrie and Sue Snell as far as these last tries to restore her self-confidence in her and is in a way her guardian angel. However, Willow is neglected and not abused by her parents. Another difference, she was considered like the most studious among the campus contrary to Carrie who is ignored on all spheres. Later, Willow becomes a lesbian. When her girlfriend is murdered, Willow becomes a temporary dark version of herself, vengeful and empowered, similar to Carrie when humiliated in the prom. Interestingly, Willow has a veinous face like Rachel Lang in the sequel. Others females characters on the show are also inspired by Carrie. The relationship between Amy Madison (Elisabeth Ann Allen) and her mother (Robin Riker) is similar to Carrie and her mother from the 1976 film because the father left the family home. The mother becomes psychotic, obsessed by her youthful age and often humiliating her daughter. Another enemy, Drusilla (Juliet Landau) is depicted in her former human life as a pious, shy and virginal girl like Carrie, haunted by her medium power and considered herself like the devil's gift. Becoming schizophrenic and vampirized, she has a behaviour similar to Margaret White. Another medium, Cassie Newton (Azura Sky) is depressed by her own power and has cut all relationships.
- In the 2013 film adaption Carrie was born in 1995 and died in 2013, meaning the film is set in 2013.
- In the 2013 film adaption, when Carrie tells Sue that her baby is a girl and saves her life. Due to Sue being pregnant by Tommy's unborn child, may be one of the reasons Carrie let Sue live.
Powers and Abilities Edit
- Advanced Telekinesis - Carrie's most known psionic ability is that she can easily control, rearrange, assemble, manipulate, throw and move multiple objects and people even the aspects and properties of them at once by strongly focusing her mind and boundless energy on the voluntary action or to channel her telekinesis through her emotions, impulse, hands or eyes. While studying the books about telekinesis and miracles she concentrated on a book that was positioned on a table on the other side of her room and while she focused on it lights started to flicker and the floor started shaking, eventually she was controlling all of the books as well as levitating her bed. While heading out the door to prom, Carrie forced Margaret to freeze and telekinetically forced her mouth shut as she pushed her into the Prayer Closet and then slammed and locked the door. During her attack on the student body after her humiliation she showed that she was able to levitate and toss flaming objects, like when she ignited the stage and tossed a flaming moon decoration across the room at a table which then burst into flames. She can also manipulate electric appliances like when she animated electrical cords to attack Tina which zapped her and caught her in the fire which was set on a table. She was also able to telekinetically levitate herself as shown after she finished her attack while she flew off the stage.
- Pyrokinesis & Thermokinesis - Carrie could also pyrokinetically, thermokinetically ignite objects. She also showed this while she was walking home as she started igniting objects that were in her path. This ability can be known as telekinetic destruction, molecular manipulation, spontaneous combustion, or telekinetic explosion.
- Geokinesis - Carrie also showed the earth-related elemental ability to create strong and destructive earthquakes, when she was pursuing Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan causing a fissure to follow them. Later, while mourning her mother's death, a distraught Carrie geokinetically summoned a shower of rocks to rain down on and destroy both her and her house.