Needful Things (1993)

Needful Things Quote: “Don’t be afraid of it, Hugh. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” – Leland Gaunt

Shat The Movies is no stranger to film adaptations of Stephen King books, but this is the first one Big D has actually read. “Needful Things” combines the unexpected star power of Ed Harris and Max von Sydow with the unexpected bosom of Bonnie Bedelia to bring us a movie with a devilishly good premise and abysmal special effects.

Gene felt “Needful Things” was more Muppet movie than a genuine horror flick. Ash begged all the characters to install alarm systems, and Big D pointed out the missing reveal that really would have brought the whole tale home. In the end, the Shat Crew agreed the film simply had to be intended as a horror-comedy.

In this episode, we also discuss: what “needful thing” each Shat The Movies co-host would choose, how the movie did Nettie dirty, materialism, hypocrisy, the slowest cop ever, easily convinced townsfolk who all happen to be trained stunt performers, and how to properly blow up a church.

Plot Summary: “Needful Things” When a creepy older man named Leland Gaunt (Max von Sydow) moves to a small town in Maine and sets up an antique shop, bad things soon follow. Gaunt has the remarkable ability to sell people exactly what they want most, but his ideal purchases come at a price that involves more than just money. Through Gaunt’s manipulation, the citizens of the town gradually turn on one another, resulting in violence that Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Ed Harris) struggles to contain.

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