• R, 2 hr.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Fraser Clarke Heston
    In Theaters:
    Aug 27, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 22, 1998
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Needful Things Reviews

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AJ V

Super Reviewer

September 6, 2010
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.
Sophie B

Super Reviewer

January 29, 2011
Ed Harris did a good job. ... ...
Dean !

Super Reviewer

January 7, 2007
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.
TheGame90
TheGame90

Super Reviewer

August 18, 2010
It was fun. One of the better Stephen King books made in to film i would think
Conner R

Super Reviewer

June 4, 2010
I actually really like this and think it captures what made the novel so great, you get the sense of a community going crazy. Ed Harris is the perfect Sheriff Pangborn and by far the shining moment of the entire movie, but it's also a very well made movie. The attention to detail and crazy characters are all touched on, it only enhances the world set up in The Dark Half. While it's not perfect or one of the best Stephen King movies, it's nowhere near bad.
ScoopOnline
ScoopOnline

Super Reviewer

December 9, 2009
I have seen this Movie so many times. It is not exactly a Horror, it is a Mystery. A profoundal difference.
Cassandra M

Super Reviewer

July 17, 2009
Set in the small township of Castle Rock - a fictional location created by Stephen King - 'Needful Things' is the tale of an antiques shop run by Leland Gaunt, the Devil himself, played by Max Von Sydow. As the proprietor of the New England business, Gaunt gets his claws into the town, just as antiques dealer Straker did in the King masterpiece 'Salem's Lot'.

Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Ed Harris, 'The Creepshow' & 'The Stand') does not buy the salesman's evil pitch. He sees straight through Gaunt's evil plan immediately.

Incidentally, Pangborn also turns up in King's 'The Dark Half' and is played in the subsequent movie by Michael Rooker. Ace Merril from 'Stand By Me' also appears in King's novel but is omitted from the movie. In fact there is much missing from the movie that can be found in the novel, but this is always the case with Stephen King adaptations. The movie does not let fans down, though ... the characters are well acted, dark and moody ...

Gaunt practically buys his way into the township, offering the residents antiques of their choice in return for payment of their souls. It is up to Pangborn and Polly Chambers (relation of Chris Chambers in 'Stand By Me' aka 'The Body') played by Bonnie Bedelia ('Salem's Lot') and schoolboy Brian Rusk to bring down Gaunt.

Typically 'Needful Things' is set in small-town Stephen King Maine --- a part of the world that will forever be associated with the horror author. The scenery is stunning, especially the coastline. There is plenty of action as well as a thriller feel and some very amusing moments too. Fans of 'Salem's Lot' will identify with this film, notably the similarities in story and characters. Evil invades a small town, slowly influencing its inhabitants, especially the obligatory young boy (related to King's own childhood escapades perhaps?) So enter 'Needful Things' and indulge your curiosity. But a little curiosity shop this is not. Probably one of the better Stephen King adaptations.
Jason S

Super Reviewer

May 2, 2009
A pretty good adaptation of the King book. The cast does a really good job and Sydow as the devil works really well. If you like the movie I recommend you read the book as a lot more happens in the story than they are able to put on screen.
garyX
garyX

Super Reviewer

May 29, 2007
Yet more of Stephen King's brand of Twilight Zone hokeyness is transferred to the silver screen, and it's a similarly lame experience. Max Von Sydow slums it as a shop keeper who sells the usual small town stereotypes their hearts desire in return fo.r pranks that set the townsfolk against each other. The flat direction and made for TV cast do not aid what is an extremely low concept "horror" film in which the scariest thing is Von Sydow's oral hygiene. Not the worst King adaptation I've ever seen, but that that would be one TALL order...
Emily A

Super Reviewer

September 15, 2007
Dude, the guy in this movie is one of the greatest villains ever. Demanding favors and playing people off against each other; he didn't even need to be supernatural in origin for him to be frightening. The villain isn't so much him though, as it is human pettiness, greed and weakness. He just exploits it. Movies that showcase what we hate most about ourselves are the scariest, I find. Like in zombie movies, the real villains aren't really zombies, but the traits in people that come to the forefront when they're trying to survive. This isn't even them trying to survive though, which is the scary part. They bite into each other to get desired trinkets, which is the most unsettling thing.
Dr Blood  

Super Reviewer

June 23, 2007
All this Stephen King "set in a small New England town" stuff can get a bit humdrum after a while, but this is one of the better "the devil comes to town..." stories.
thefog1331
thefog1331

Super Reviewer

June 6, 2007
Someone remake this PLEASE!
Jeffrey M

Super Reviewer

October 30, 2011
Not one of the better Stephen King adaptations, Needful Things doesnâ(TM)t have a compelling script, characters, or mood. It has the vibe of a TV movie, with unconvincing melodrama. There is some good work to be had, especially from Ed Harris, but most of the characters lack any depth. Far from being scary, Needful Things succeeds mostly at being bland and predictable.
Lee K

Super Reviewer

April 14, 2009
By all means the worst book adaptation around. Please read the book first it was 1000 times more intriguing or scarier then the movie.
June 9, 2011
A Stephen King export with some star power, Needful Things is a high budget entry in the King catalog. Max Von Sydow plays a fairly trite villain who manipulates the simple townspeople of Castlerock by selling them their deepest material wishes in exchange for sinister deeds. Ed Harris gives a rather typical role as good natured law man his full enthusiasm. The story is standard King faire and the script offers no real surprises. It is a decisively competent and efficient horror film that will appeal to a wide audience. There is a choice scene where two ladies fight to the death with a meat cleaver and butcher knife that offers the film's best and most intense moment. That scene alone makes it worth sitting through.
Horror1o1
February 14, 2011
A interesting take on evil turning man on to it's self. This film has a good cast and good feel to it. It does drag a little but all in all it's a decent film when not comparing it to Kings others films.
May 18, 2010
Another King story about the fallibility of mankind. Von Sydow plays a devil-like stranger who offers the people of Castle Rock material possessions from their past in order to turn them on one another with lethal consequences. The movie isn't as strong as the book, as is usually the case, but still good for a watch.
MetalStar
December 22, 2008
Would like to see the extended cut of this movie. Max Von Sydow is brilliant as the devil incarnate. An interesting turn for the man who play Father Merrin in the Exorcist.
firstamb
August 3, 2008
Stephen King got sobered up and this is what happened, or one of the things that happened, as his book about a place of needful things is adapted as a boring movie.
July 27, 2008
I actually didn't like the movie the first time I watched it, but now I love it Max Von Sydow is just a creepy old man and is well casted in this temptation to evil movie.
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