Brian de Palma brought the first adaption of Stephen Kings bestseller Carrie on the silver screen back in 1976. In the following decades, several more movies based on the story were made. The most recent one was released to cinemas worldwide in 2013 and starred Chloë Grace Moretz. It grossed – despite its R-Rating – adequately, but received mixed reviews. In our view, the movie was well made even if not perfect in every detail.
For the Blu-ray release, MGM announced an alternative ending, which supposedly was "Too shocking for Theaters!" It has to be said that this other ending really is more explicit and shocking than the one in the Theatrical Version. However, it can probably be doubted whether it would have really been too> shocking for cinemas.Either way, director Kimberly Pierce said in several interviews that she prefers the alternative ending.
It should also be mentioned that the Blu-ray features both endings. The viewer can choose which version to watch or even have a look at the alternative ending seperately in the bonus section of the disc.
Comparison between the Theatrical Version and the alternative BD Version both released by MGM.
The alternative BD Version runs 69,11 seconds longer than the Theatrical Version.
The fade to black is a few seconds longer, then the movie continues with the commission and Sue talking about Carrie in front of it.
Murphy: "Miss Snell, we're trying to determine the exact role Carrie played in the tragedy on prom night. You would agree that you were under an enormous amount of stress. Isn't it possible that what you saw was a natural act?"
Sue: "My boyfriend, most of my frieds, died that night, but I know what I saw. You want an explanation? Carrie had some sort of power, but she was just like me. Like any of you. She had hopes and she had fears. And we pushed her. And you can only push someone so far before they break."
During Sue's words she can be seen standing on the cemetery in fron of Carrie's grave. She leaves her rose there and after she is gone, the headstone suddenly cracks.
Fade in. Sue walks across the cemetery to Carrie's headstone and puts a rose down in front of it. The camera zooms in on Sue's face and she suddenly starts screaming. The scene changes to a delivery room and Sue obviously is about to give birth to her child. The nurse tells Sue to push and both her and the doctor try to calm the girl down. Suddenly, a blood-smeared, full-sized hand comes out of her vagina and grabs her arm. However, it turns out that this is just a nightmare when Sue also sees Carrie – completely covered in blood – holding her baby and then wakes up back in her bed.
After the ending credits, an additional text field crediting the doctor and the nurse was added.