With the over 700-page novel «Needful Things — In a small town» Stephen King ended his legendary Castle Rock cycle (for the time being) in 1991, which also included works such as «Stand By Me — The Secret of a Summer», «The Dead Zone», «Stark — The Dark Half» and «The Game» count. The book, in which King once again brought down the deceptive facade of small-town America, is one of the absolute favorites among fans of the Master Of Horror .
So what could not be missing? Right, the corresponding film adaptation. It was only two years away with “ Needful Things ” and was able to shine with a well-known cast around Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, JT Walsh, Amanda Plummer and Bonnie Bedelia. Nevertheless, the horror piece fell into oblivion — wrongly. If you are interested in the film, you can see it today, April 8th, from 11:50 p.m. on Tele 5.
By the way: If you want to get «Needful Things» for your home collection, you should definitely grab the beautifully designed Mediabook edition from Koch Media. Not only the regular theatrical version (115 minutes) is available here, but also the American TV version, which has a running time of 180 minutes and does the original even more justice in the details:
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That’s what «Needful Things» is about
The tranquil small town of Castle Rock, Maine is the ideal location for the mysterious Leland Gaunt’s ( Max von Sydow ) new business. The shop, which bears the name «The Useful Things», stocks exactly the items in its range that the residents have been looking for all their lives. And customers don’t even have to put money on the counter for that!
Instead, the opaque shopkeeper demands some evil pranks from them. The locals have no idea that none other than the devil incarnate has mingled with them and is pursuing a malicious plan with the evil jokes that is throwing the small town into chaos. The acts of violence among the residents are escalating and the first fatalities are to be mourned…
In a Small Town Trailer DF