Did the brand new Carrie scare the crap out of you over the weekend? Or did you skip it, ’cause you’d seen the Brian de Palma original too many times? Or maybe, if you’re like me, you have never felt the need to see either version because a) you’re a scaredy cat, and b) this movie has been referenced and clipped and parodied and paid homage to so many times, that it really feels like you’ve seen it anyway. It’s even a verb: Being “Carrie’d,” as in having a bucket of blood (or other unsavory liquid) spilled on you when you’re onstage. Really, you’d think schools and theaters would have people checking the rafters more frequently for mean girls carrying suspicious pails. Anyway, if you’re chicken like me, but feel the need to talk about the movie with your horror-buff friends this Halloween season, here you have five very benign Carrie moments in pop culture:
1. Superstar, 1999
Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon) is a Carrie superfan and watches the movie backwards at her video store job, so she actually shouldn’t be that sad when the mean girl pours blue paint on her during talent show auditions.
2. White Chicks (2004)
Mean girls Megan and Heather Vandergeld (Brittany Daniel and Jaime King) planned to dump buckets of paint on our heroes during a fashion show. But Busy Philipps saves the day, pushes them off the rafters and pours the paint on them instead. It is hailed as fashion innovation!