Needful Things- -
A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.
Official Movie Poster:
Needful Things Movie Trailer – 1993
Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little “deed,” usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population’s increasingly violent behavior.
A mysterious man comes to the town of Castle Rock, Maine in an old, sinister car. He calls himself Robert Gaunt and claims he comes from Akron, Ohio. He opens a store in the town and calls it Needful Things. From there he seeds discord among the residents by selling items in return for cash and small “favors”, which sow discord among the residents thanks to the knowledge he has about them and their relationships with each other. He enjoys, when they are harming and then finally killing each other thanks to the favors he asks in return, which seed fear, hatred and aggression among the residents.
Gaunt is revealed to be The Devil, going from place to place to seed chaos, death and destruction using his knowledge of people for that. He does this for amusement.
Sheriff Pangborn realises in time, who he is and manages in the nick of time to expose in front of the townspeople his web of manipulation and destruction before the residents destroy the town completely and themselves. Mayor Keeton, despondent at the death of his wife earlier, blows the store with Gaunt and himself inside in revenge for what he did using a bomb he had put on himself. He, however survived it intact since he cannot be destroyed. Still he is defeated despite the damages and deaths he caused. However he promises he will return as he always does. With a prediction he would meet Pangborn´s grandson Billy in Jakarta and make headlines in 2053 he goes away from the town eager to do more harm elsewhere until then.
He leaves in the same sinister car with which he came into the town at the beginning. It vanishes after it leaves the district.
With the violence in Castle Rock rapidly escalating, Ace and the town’s head selectman Danforth “Buster” Keeton (who has embezzled thousands of dollars from public funds) plant dynamite all over town, using the caps Ace brought back. Alan sets out to kill Ace, wrongly believing him to be responsible for a car accident that killed his wife and son, and Polly realizes the evil of the charm she bought and destroys it. As the dynamite bombs explode, and Keeton is killed by Ace, soon after Ace takes Polly hostage and demands that Alan hand over a hoard of cash he allegedly stole from one of the sites Ace dug up. One of Alan’s deputies kills Ace, leaving Alan to face off against Gaunt.
Using sleight of hand and magic novelties that suddenly come to life, Alan forces Gaunt back and grabs his valise, which contains the souls of his customers. Gaunt flees the scene, his car turning into a horse-drawn wagon as he becomes a hunchbacked dwarf, and the survivors are left to ponder an uncertain future.
Needful Things is a 1991 horror novel by American author Stephen King. It is the first novel King wrote after his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol. According to the cover, it is “The Last Castle Rock Story”. However, the town later serves as the setting for the short story “It Grows on You”, published in King’s 1993 collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes which, according to King, serves as an epilogue to Needful Things. It was made into a film of the same name in 1993 which was directed by Fraser C. Heston.