October Stephen King Blogathon – Day 31 – Needful Things (1993)


This is my 31st and final review of 31 reviews of Stephen King adaptations as part of the joint Blogathon that Darren (of Movie Reviews 101) and I are running this month in honor of the great horror writer.

Stop by every day to read more and more from us and from other guest bloggers.

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 needful things“The young carpenter from Nazareth? I know him well. Promising young man. He died badly. ” – Leland Gaunt

Number of Times Seen – 2 (cable in the 90’s and 29 Oct 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After a mysterious figure enters the small town of Catsle Rock Maine, strange things begin to happen and hatred begins to grow among the townspeople.

My Take on it – I read this novel back in 1992 and it is among my favorite of KIng’s works because of the way the story is told and by the way that he expertly takes so many characters and properly develops them through the course of the book.

A few years later, I saw the movie adaptation and felt that there was way too much missing from the story that it was just very unsatisfying to watch.

When Darren and I started to choose out movies for this Kingathon, I knew that I wanted to rewatch this movie because perhaps I hadn’t given it enough of a chance 20+ years ago.

I was all ready to watch this and then while doing a bit of research, I found out that there was a 3 hour long Director’s Cut that adds in the much needed character development.

I started on a mission to try and track down a copy of it and even on Wednesday night (28th of October), I contemplated finding another non-chosen King film to watch in order to avoid having to watch the 2 hour version.

Thankfully on Thursday morning, I was able to finally get a copy in the nick of time and had the pleasure of finally watching the DC of this movie.

It really changed my opinion on this movie because it really takes its time developing all of the characters in this story and it mirrors many of the things that made the book so enjoyable to me.

Ed Harris and Max Von Sydow are two great actors and the choices to have them portray the two characters were definitely wise choices.

I love how this story deals with the fact of what people can be capable of when they wish to obtain their hearts desires.

Little mischievous actions can lead to much chaos when seen on a larger scale.

My one complaints about this adaptation is that it left out the character of Ace Merrill completely.  For those of you not in the know, Ace was a main character in Stand By Me (1986) and was played by Kiefer Sutherland.  This story takes place in the same town 30 years later and Ace as an adult plays a very important part in the story.

Bottom Line – The Directors Cut is so much more enjoyable to watch because of the character development.  Not perfect, but they get so much right.  Harris and Von Sydow are great choices for the main characters. Really shows what people are possibly capable of when they seek their hearts true desires. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the feature film debut for director Fraser Clarke Heston, who had played the infant Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956). During the filming, he took Max von Sydow (who played Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)) aside to discuss how he would play the upcoming scene. One observer noted, “That’s something you don’t see every day – Moses telling Jesus how to play the devil.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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