What Happened to Carrie?

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What Happened to Carrie? Missing Scenes, Controversy, Fan Petition
by Petition Host

The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel, “Carrie”, came with much hesitation, criticism, and now some controversy. It starred Chloe Grace Moretz as the titular telekinetic prom queen, Julianne Moore as her religiously fanatical mother, fan favorite Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, and newcomer Ansel Elgort.

Many people asked: Why another Carrie when the 1976 original was so iconic and the story itself already had a [forgettable] remake in 2002? It seemed that the Studios wanted something closer to the source material. And with director Kimberly Peirce at the helm, known for her edgy work with “Boys Don’t Cry”, many expected something far different than previous adaptations.

The first footage we saw of Peirce’s Carrie revealed a plot point generally forgotten in the story, the town destruction. This sequence of events were even promised by the filmmakers themselves and used as the teaser - Carrie standing amongst the fire of burning buildings in the town square with narrations from the investigation. Originally set for a March 2013 release, the film was pushed back to the October 2013 release when additional filming was needed to, apparently, make the film darker and scarier. And when we finally got the chance to see Carrie, finished and presented to the masses as the only horror film for Halloween, we were shocked to see a virtually scene-by-scene remake of the 1976 film - with the town destruction now completely gone.

It's come to the attention of many fans that the final cut eliminated many pivotal scenes from the novel that was filmed: The Rain of Stones, The White Commission, and the town destruction being just three of the storylines/elements that were removed during the editing process. Some of the cast members have come forward and confirmed that there were a lot of things deleted. Michelle Nolden, who played an adult Estelle Parsons during one of the several Commission scenes, commented about the editing floor being a sad place for Carrie after viewing the final cut. Mouna Traoré [Erika] commented that an extended cut would reveal the fate of her character! And Connor Price [Freddy "Beak" Holt] commented as well about the cuts.

Carrie fans everywhere want to know what happened to the film?

Confirmations have been made by those who previewed the film back in December 2012 as test audiences, who stated that Carrie was much different from the final cut - the film originally told through flashbacks.

No one is quite sure what happened to Carrie - just based on the fact that so much was removed. When asked by a fan what happened to the final cut and why things were shortened or completely removed, screenplay writer to the film, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa publicly commented that much was removed because director Kimberly Peirce did not want to go for something new. He’s also publicly commented on one of the Carrie fan-pages on Facebook that it was not the fault of the studios. Kimberly Peirce has been pretty tight-lipped on the subject. Though when asked about her alternate ending and why it wasn’t featured in the theatrical cut, she simply told the interviewer to ask those in power. There's definitely an interesting story here!

A petition is online right now to see Carrie restored to its original cut with all deleted or extended scenes restored within the film. The petition has reached nearly 2,000 signatures and has even been acknowledged by some of the cast members of the film, most recently by Samantha Weinstein who played Heather. Fans have also been taking to youtube.com in an effort to spread the word about the petition, making their own advertisements. While Kimberly Peirce has not publicly commented about the effort for an extended cut, she has acknowledged the petition by liking the link when it was sent to her by a friends through a comment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the deleted scenes, or would like to sign the petition, visit the following link: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/carriepetition 


  1. Not sure who to blame, but it's a certainty: somebody messed this movie up. I liked it, but it could -- and should -- have been much more than what it ended up being. That is, a rehash of the 1976 movie. Who needed that?!?

  2. Totally agree. I liked the film a lot -- but it had potential to find its own voice, and that it never did. It was a De Palma sing along.

  3. I thought it was great movie ,but i would like to see the extended scenes on dvd !!!???;);)

  4. Now THIS is an eye opener!

    I'd love to see a director's cut for DVD. With this in mind, the theatrical cut takes on a different dimension, one that screams studio interference more or less.

    The thing is, I'm not sure why the studio would want to do a De Palma remake. Who was THAT meant for, anyway?


  5. Very interesting story David. I also felt it was more of a re-make than a faithful adaptation of the original story as promised. Would love to see a Director's cut or extended version made available.
    Tim in Alberta

  6. Extremely interesting to know. We may all easily surmise why they left out the destroyed town scene. As for the Rain of Stones and the White Commission, well it's been a long time since I read the novel. Yet think about the fact that it remains one of the most frequently banned books in our schools. Could it have anything to do with the book representing the female point of view? I wonder...not. I now see this book in an extraordinary new light. Big Steve didn't just hit a nerve with CARRIE. He lunged for the jugular. I've got my original first edition paperback downstairs...in the cellar. Am going to have to re-read this one.

  7. This is going to bug me now. I hate it when they do that. I don't think we'll ever see some of the footage unless it gets leaked to Youtube or something. I remember reading interviews before the release where Pierce and the other cast members cited specific scenes that where supposed to be in it but weren't. Ebay also had offical screen worn costumes for some of those scenes for sale with COAs from MGM.

  8. After watching the movie a few more times on Blu-ray, I've decided that I like it a lot more than I once did. It still has a few issues, but mostly, it's excellent. I much prefer the alternate ending, and a few of the deleted scenes are good, too. I hope we get to see the longer cut someday.

  9. I thought the performances were great, but the film is just a repeat of the 1976 film. The 2002 film is unique with different scenes. I want those 40-45 minutes of deleted footage added back in.