Needful Things (1993)

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By Scott Goldfine

This adaptation of the ingenious bestseller about townsfolk turning on each other after a mysterious storekeeper (Max von Sydow) sets up shop is yet another failed attempt to recreate a Stephen King novel. The setting of Castle Rock, Maine, and the cast are on the money.

But, despite wisely narrowing the story’s broad scope, this film has lost the essence of the book’s humor and horror. Also stars Ed HarrisBonnie Bedelia, Amanda Plummer and J.T. Walsh. Rated R.

GRADE: C

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