Masters of Terror 2018

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in the filmographies of eight legendary masters of terror. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings:

STARS, GIMMICK, REWATCHABILITY, STORY, CREATIVITY, ACTING, QUALITY and CREEPINESS.

Enjoy!

Needful Things

The owner of a new shop manipulates townsfolk into performing evil deeds.

 

United States
1993
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Demon Film
Wizard Film
Cultists: 
Cleric
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Explosion
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Medium
Telepathist
Wizards: 
Voodoo Sorcerer
Evoker
6
Best wishes!
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
3
3
There’s only one villain, here, but when it comes to antagonizing characters, everyone has their turn. The townsfolk, in this film, aren’t exactly geniuses, aren’t all angels, and it’s probably the reason store owner Leland Gaunt chose this corner of the world to conduct his business. He trades expensive items against evil deeds, which eventually turns all his clients against one another.
This is one of these Stephen King adaptations with emphasis on dialogue, with abnormal characters and with questionable photography. It wasn’t made for TV, but it feels like it. It’s not the best nor the worst we’ve seen of King, but it’s an entertaining story. Sadness multiplied by terror creates heavy atmosphere, when done right, and Needful Things is a perfect example.
Competently made, thrilling, surprising and colorful in its bleakness, this movie tells the stories of people that are either deeply materialistic, nostalgic, or concerned for their health. It reminds us of our dark side, of the things buried deep inside. The film is also about God and the Devil. It’s about a genie versus a policeman. It’s about good versus evil. It’s an eccentric crescendo.
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