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Needful Things (1993)




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Based on a novel by horror-meister Stephen King, Needful Things is set in a tiny New England town and refers to the name of a new second hand shop that is owned by a peculiar old man who, instead of demanding money to pay for his goods, requires that customers play practical jokes on each other. It doesn't take long before simple pranks take a serious and deadly turn and soon the townsfolk are hell-bent on destroying each other while the curio shop owner looks on with devilish amusement.more
Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lawrence Cohen, W.D. Richter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 22, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Max von Sydow
as Leland Gaunt
Ed Harris
as Sheriff Alan J. Pang...
Bonnie Bedelia
as Polly Chalmers
Amanda Plummer
as Nettie Cobb
J.T. Walsh
as Danforth Keeton III
Ray McKinnon
as Deputy Norris Ridgew...
Shane Meier
as Brian Rusk
Don S. Davis
as Reverend Rose
Campbell Lane
as Frank Jewett
Eric Schneider
as Henry Beaufort
Frank C. Turner
as Pete Jerzyk
Gillian Barber
as Myrtle Keeton
Tamsin Kelsey
as Sheila Ratcliff
Lochlyn Munro
as John LaPointe
Bill Croft
as Andy Clutterbuck
Deejay Jackson
as Eddie Warburton
Ann Warn Pegg
as Ruth Roberts
D.J. Jackson
as Eddie Warburton
Gary Paller
as George Cobb
Sarah Sawatsky
as 14 Year Old Girl
Robert Easton
as Lester Pratt
Mike Chute
as Young Hugh
Melvin Allen
as Baseball Announcer
Mel Allen
as Baseball Announcer
Trevor Denman
as Race Track Announcer
Lisa Blount
as Cora Rusk
Eric Schneider
as Henry Beaufort
as Raider
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Critic Reviews for Needful Things

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | August 27, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

By the end of the film, I couldn't have cared less if the town's entire population had been dragged down to Lucifer's fiery abode.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Georgia Straight

any movie that has the devil laughing to ave maria must be worth something

June 11, 2007

Audience Reviews for Needful Things

Could you imagine having a store where you can get just what you really need? But then it turns out to be evil? Awesome, right? Watch this movie, based on a King novel, it's really cool, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Ed Harris did a good job. ... ...

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Disappointed to say the least. I've not read the book but I'm a big fan of Stephen King and so many of his stories have gone on to be great films....despite what a lot seem to think? This is very average though and pretty straight forward. A good cast line up with a lot of well known faces, now if not back in '93. Apparently a lot has been left out from the book as well. One for die hard fans maybe.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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