Video: The freaky deaky “Carrie” telekinesis prank

posted at 7:21 pm on October 8, 2013 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, in case you haven’t seen it already at Ace’s blog or every other site on the Internet. (It’s approaching four million views in just a day of action on YouTube as I write this.) As an advertising stunt, it makes perfect sense. The real money from a “Carrie” remake will be made on teens and young adults, i.e. the only segment of the population that might be unfamiliar with the DePalma classic. How do you reach web-savvy teens and young adults? With a viral marketing campaign, of course. Coming soon, presumably: The BuzzFeed-esque “Carrie” social-media marketing rollout, with all of the scenes from the original re-created with fuzzy duckies and kittens.

One curious note here: Most of the victims of the prank seem relatively unphased. They’re alarmed, of course, and there’s a scream or two, but no real terror of the sort we’re familiar with from immortal classics like the Brazilian elevator ghost prank and the Chilean LG meteor ad. Why is that? Is it as simple as the fact that those pranks put the victim in fear for his/her life whereas this one really doesn’t? Or is it the fact that this is New York and it’s a coffee shop and, well, you expect some eccentricity when you walk in? Remember, most of the people here likely just got off the subway. Even with men being thrown against walls by telekinetic forcefields right in front of them, the “eventful” part of their day is already over.


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web-savvy teens

What does this mean? Teens who can click a mouse?

lorien1973 on October 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

That was an awesome vid…

OmahaConservative on October 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Stupid. AP seems to have a fascination with gimmicky videos. I think he is missing something in his life.

Aplombed on October 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I might pull iron on someone doing that.

Bishop on October 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

What does this mean? Teens who can click a mouse?

lorien1973 on October 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Y’know — some people still pay for animated images of nekkid ladies.

Jeddite on October 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I might pull iron on someone doing that.

Bishop on October 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

That’s why they did it in NYC.

Kafir on October 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

…ok!

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

web-savvy teens

What does this mean? Teens who can click a mouse?

lorien1973 on October 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I just spit my soda everywhere…

JetBoy on October 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Haven’t seen the video, but from the screenshot it appears she’s debuting Barky’s new salute?

Gingotts on October 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM

One curious note here: Most of the victims of the prank seem relatively unphased…

People are “unphased,” i.e., quiet as churchmice cause they’re FRIGGIN’ HORRIFIED!!!!! They don’t want to be next!

NavyMustang on October 8, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Um, I saw the wire at the guy’s back.

rbj on October 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

web-savvy teens – Allah

What does this mean? Teens who can click a mouse?

lorien1973 on October 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

AHAHAHA – good catch. Allah is showing his age.

BoxHead1 on October 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Cabelas should do one similar promoting Zombie rounds.

wolly4321 on October 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Stupid beyond belief.

ButterflyDragon on October 8, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Telekinesis done by a teen in the “Heil Hitler” pose. Seems legit.

nobar on October 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

One curious note here: Most of the victims of the prank seem relatively unphased…

Of course it was filmed in NYC. Some woman in NYC decides to go crazy and throw things around. That is an everyday occurrence which it is why it is a great place to visit but not a place I would ever move to.

F15Mech on October 8, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Most of the victims of the prank seem relatively unphased.

Everyone on the set is an actor, there were no regular customers. First, almost all of them are generally attractive and you don’t see that in an average coffee shop anywhere, and particularly in NYC. Second, no owner in NYC, who’s in his right mind, would subject himself to the possibility of a lawsuit or a fine or shutdown by the Bloomies for scaring the living shit out of a patron.

Great promo vid, however. Very clever.

TXUS on October 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Um, I saw the wire at the guy’s back.

rbj

So did everyone else in the coffee shop, lol.

xblade on October 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

They were so well behaved and stuck to their training to shelter in place.

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Meh. I can do that stuff without special effects, lol.

Boo!

Fallon on October 8, 2013 at 8:51 PM

These people have been watching WAAAAY too much TV to be surprised or even for a second believe this.

Warner Todd Huston on October 8, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Saw the original in the theater way back when… Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving… classic. I’m kind curious to see how this one turns out.

dpduq on October 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I would probably have started laughing.

ebrawer on October 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

So? This happens at my house every month. Ha ha. That was cool, AP and I hadn’t seen it.

cynccook on October 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Even with men being thrown against walls by telekinetic forcefields right in front of them…

Last week I saw a YouTube of guy filming a skeleton driving a car through food drive-thrus. It was cute but a good number of the reactions were “Oh, I KNOW this dude!! He’s on YOUTUBE!”.

The only thing that was interesting here is that people didn’t start filming with their pads or phones and look around immediately for the cameras.

Marcus on October 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

The only thing that was interesting here is that people didn’t start filming with their pads or phones and look around immediately for the cameras.
Marcus on October 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Actually there was a black gal with her camera phone right around the 2nd take of the tables moving where she stops filming to turn and run.

AH_C on October 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Most of the victims of the prank seem relatively unphased.

Good thing Captain Kirk wasn’t packin’ at the coffee shop while he grabbed a cappuccino, or he’d a’ phased plenty of them pranksters; although Mr. Spock does manage to stay unfazed most of the time.

“Unphased” is a word – it means unsynchronized. But I suspect the word you’re really thinking of is “unfazed.” “Faze” means to confuse or disrupt. People often say a person is unfazed by something – meaning calm, not upset, not taken by surprise, not confused.

A phase is a stage; the word is usually a noun. People may go through phases but we don’t say they’re phased when they do so.

Faze, on the other hand, only means to disrupt someone’s composure. It comes from an Old English word, fésian, meaning to frighten or to startle into flight.

Interestingly, we only seem to use faze in the negative sense. Someone is not fazed by something or was unfazed — you don’t hear about people being fazed.

Of course, Urban Dictionary has decided that the two words are synonymous.
How are the mavens (alt. sp. “mavins”) fallen!

AesopFan on October 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Meh. That’s for the movie.

From the little bit of dialogue at the end of this video, it looks like what was a creepy and genuinely scary movie will be turned into just another “modelesque teen(s) with otherworldly mind powers” type of movie that is all the rage these days.

Yes, I gleaned all that from that one bit of dialogue. Someone can watch the movie and tell me if I am wrong and it is as terrifying and well-done as the original, because I’m not going to bother seeing it.

Sterling Holobyte on October 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I do the same thing but I utter “Force, force, force” when I’m doing it.

CrustyB on October 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Man, what a cynical and un-entertained lot.
I though it was pretty good.
Plenty of quite ‘phased’ reactions.
The construction worker who looks like he wants to help but is pretty freaked out…

(And you understand it’s a compilation of several takes & reactions…)

verbaluce on October 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Was that one of the Village Peoples?

BigAlSouth on October 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM