Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 109 minutes
Stephen King adaptations are strictly hit-or-miss propositions, and this supernatural thriller from 1993 is definitely a "miss," based on one of King's lesser novels and starring Max von Sydow as the evil proprietor of a small-town antique shop named "Needful Things." That's the place where anyone can go to find the one thing they cherish the most (the town's aging jock finds his old, high-school letterman's jacket there, for example), but of course there's a price for such priceless keepsakes. Yep, that's right ... von Sydow is Satan, and his customers pay for "needful things" with their souls. The sheriff (Ed Harris) catches onto this hellish predicament, and, well ... let's just say things go downhill from there, with von Sydow delivering sardonic wisecracks as he wreaks devilish havoc on the town. Lots of stuff gets blown to bits, by which time this movie has long since worn out its welcome. Harris and von Sydow do their best to liven up the dreary scenario (directed by Charlton Heston's son, Fraser), but this is strictly for die-hard King fans, and even then the recommendation is marginal. --Jeff Shannon
I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won.
I just cannot believe any of this voodoo bullshit.
Childs, it happens all the time, man. They're falling out of the sky like flies. Government knows all about it, right, Mac?
You believe any of this voodoo bullshit, Blair?
Childs, Childs... Chariots of the Gods, man. They practically own South America. I mean, they taught the Incas everything they know.
My god, what was happening to him?
If it had more time to finish it would have looked and sounded and acted just like Bennings!
I don't know what you're saying.
That was one of those things out there, trying to imitate him, Garry. Come on.
MacReady, I know Bennings, I've known him for ten years. He's my friend.
We've gotta burn the rest of him.
I dunno, it's like this: thousands of years ago this spaceship crashes, and this thing, whatever it is, jumps out or crawls out and gets entombed in the ice.
So, the Norwegians find it, and they dig it out of the ice...
That's right, Garry. They dig it up, they cart it back to their base. Somehow it gets thawed, it wakes up, probaly not the best of moods, and... I don't know, I wasn't there!