Needful Things

1993, Movie, R, 96 mins

This adaptation of Stephen King's novel was produced by Rob Reiner's Castle Rock Entertainment, which gave King some of his best onscreen treatments with MISERY and STAND BY ME. This one, while it has its moments, doesn't live up to those earlier successes, and suffers noticeably from trying to condense a thick book down to feature length.

The setting is King's favorite small town, Castle Rock, Maine (where STAND BY ME was also set, and from which Reiner derived his company's name), where all is fairly peaceful and the worst the local sheriff, Alan Pangborn (Ed Harris), usually has to deal with is the squabbling between the two local clergymen. Then a mysteri...

Released: 1993 Rated: R Length: 96 mins

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