Needful Things

1993

Action / Crime / Drama / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 32% · 28 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44% · 10K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.2/10 10 27315 27.3K

Top cast

Lochlyn Munro as John LaPointe
Max von Sydow as Leland Gaunt
Ed Harris as Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Amanda Plummer as Nettie Cobb
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909.69 MB
1280*682
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 1 min
Seeds 4
1.86 GB
1920*1024
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
2 hr 1 min
Seeds 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Boba_Fett1138 8 / 10

I've always enjoyed watching this movie.

As an horror lover I never have been a too big fan of Stephen King or his horror movie adaptations, since I find his work to be very formulaic but I've always enjoyed watching this pleasant light little movie.

Without its fun the movie probably would had been a really terrible picture. If the movie had been all serious some of the moments within the movie for sure would not had worked out and would had been painfully bad and laughable instead. But it's as if the movie had foreseen this and went with an often light and pleasant approach instead. The movie never takes itself too serious, for which you can also thank director Fraser Clarke Heston, who indeed is the son of screen legend Charlton Heston.

The movie has a good story, in which the devil in flesh, played by Max von Sydow, is setting people up against each other by letting them perform tasks for them, so they can get their 'needful' thing from him. The story is nicely constructed and build up and shows a different but interesting portrayal of the devil, as a man who uses people their own sins to set them up against each other and let them commit horrible acts, without ever getting dirty hands himself.

The movie has a pretty amazing cast with actors such as Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Amanda Plummer and J.T. Walsh all involved. Von Sydow plays a great role and so does Ed Harris, though for a 'main hero' he just doesn't have quite the screen time you would expect him to have. Also great was J.T. Walsh in a crazy role in which his character more and more starts to derail. These were the kind of roles he always was best at.

The movie has a kind of cheap look over it. A kind of look you would perhaps more expect from a TV movie, which might be due to Fraser Clarke Heston inexperience as a director, though it also is definitely true that this movie was just fairly cheap made and got never aimed toward a large audience and in many countries never made it to the cinemas.

Simply one fine and enjoyable movie, that you just don't need to take too seriously.

8/10

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Reviewed by ma-cortes 6 / 10

A rare shopkeeper comes to a little American town happening weird deeds

A strange person comes to a little town named Castle Rock(similarly the name of this movie production) , he's a shopkeeper(Max Von Sidow) delivering fantastic objects to the people, but the items surge an evil forces , terrorizing and originating wreak havoc. The sheriff(Ed Harris) suspects on the scheming seller and owner an antique shop, then he now encounters himself in the middle of a mayhem. The perplexing sheriff attempts to warn everybody his hidden intentions and malignant powers .

The fantastic picture packs weird events, fantasy, irony, some of humor and is quite entertaining. Cast is frankly excellent as Ed Harris, Max Von Sidow, Bonnie Bedelia and magnificent support cast as Amanda Plummer,Morgan Shepard,Ray McKinnon,Don S Davis and the deceased J.T. Walsh as an overacting character. Atmospheric musical score by Patrick Doyle including frightening chores coincidentally to Jerry Goldsmith's Omen film and colorful cinematography by Anthony Westman. This is an acceptable big screen directorial debut for Charlton Heston's son, named Fraser C Heston though the outcome isn't as good as you'd expect. Written by W. D. Ritcher, a Sci-Fi expert which seem doesn't improve in the transition from page to screen and based on horror master Stephen King's bestselling novel of the same title. King movies rendition are converting as prolific as his novels, from ¨Creepshow¨ along with ¨Cats's eye¨, ¨Silver bullet¨,¨Maximum overdrive¨ unique directed by King and various TV take on as ¨Rose red, The storm of the century,The stand,Golden years and Langoliers¨ have been numerous his adaptations. Rating : Passable and acceptable .

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

A good story, but the execution's weak

I remember Stephen King's book NEEDFUL THINGS being one of the most brutal things the author had written up to that point, which is perhaps why this film adaptation feels so lacklustre by comparison. NEEDFUL THINGS has a slightly cheesy, TV movie feel to it, which robs the production of the genuine horror found within King's book.

It's not all bad, and there's certainly plenty of mileage in the storyline. The story about the antiques store opening in a small town and proceeding to send an evil influence through the dark streets was previously done better in the very similar SALEM'S LOT, although the use of the 'favours' is a novel touch here and the tit-for-tat pranking remains entertaining.

I think the problem is that films from the 1990s tend to have dated a lot more than similar fare from the 1970s or '80s, which is the problem with NEEDFUL THINGS: it looks and feels dated. Some of the acting is histrionic (I like J. T. Walsh but he really needed to rein it in) and the direction (by Charlton Heston's son) is below par too. It's a pity, because there are some decent actors in this (Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia) and Max Von Sydow is a delightfully urbane presence playing Leland Gaunt.

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