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[[caption-width-right:224:"Give me what I want and I'll go away..."]]

A television MiniSeries scripted by Creator/StephenKing.

The worst storm in sixty years is about to hit the coast of Maine. But the people living on Little Tall Island have a bigger problem to deal with, for the Devil has come to town, and he's going to be having some fun today...

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!!This miniseries contains examples of:
* ActorAllusion: When Hatch balks at the idea of temporarily leaving Mike alone with Linoge outside the store, Mike sarcastically suggests that he might find Superman in the back alley for help. Mike voices Superman in the {{DCAU}}.
* AnAxeToGrind: It's what Lloyd Wishman uses [[spoiler: to kill himself.]]
* ArcWords: "Give me what I want, and I'll go away."
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: Linoge does indeed "get what he wants". See the info at the link for more.]]
* BerserkButton: Never touch Ralphie without Mike's permission. This extends to ''all'' the parents when [[spoiler: Linoge hypnotizes the kids and renders them comatose.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Cat Withers. First she receives a HannibalLecture from Linoge, which reveals [[spoiler: that she had an abortion, and that her boyfriend has been cheating on her]] in front of everyone in the store. After [[spoiler: having a falling out with her boyfriend, she is [[MoreThanMindControl possessed]] by Linoge and kills him, only to find [[FreakOut herself covered in blood when she snaps out of it.]]]] She's also the first person to notice [[spoiler: that all of the kids are under the same spell, and has another FreakOut.]]
* CatchPhrase: Born in sin, c'mon in!
** "Hell is repetition" shows up in a few of Creator/StephenKing's other works.
* ClosedCircle: Once the storm starts, Little Tall Island is completely cut off from the mainland and civilization. The residents can't get away from Linoge and have to either make his deal or let him kill them all.
* CloseKnitCommunity: Little Tall Island
* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler: Ralphie.]]
* DarkSecret: Linoge says it best: ''Your town is full of [[YourCheatingHeart adulterers]], [[PaedoHunt pedophiles]], [[{{Criminals}} thieves]], [[SevenDeadlySins gluttons]], [[BloodyMurder murderers]], [[GangOfBullies bullies]], [[{{Jerkass}} scoundrels]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking covetous morons]]. And I know every last one of them.''
* DealWithTheDevil: "Give me what I want, and I'll go away." [[spoiler:They do and he does.]]
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Linoge [[TheBadGuyWins gets what he wants]], and while he does "go away",]] Mike [[spoiler:loses his son]], he blames his wife for what happens [[spoiler:because she was in favor of the lottery]] and divorces her (sending her into therapy), several people who couldn't handle either the selfish sacrifice they made or their own DarkSecret end up being DrivenToSuicide, and when Mike sees [[spoiler:his son again with Linoge, he's already been corrupted into a demon. Comes close to being a ShootTheShaggyDogStory.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: Linoge's preferred method of killing his victims, when he doesn't do it himself outright. Preceded, naturally, by GoMadFromTheRevelation. As mentioned above in DownerEnding, a few characters kill themselves years after Linoge's vist since they can't live with their decision or their secrets anymore.
* TheEveryman: Protagonist Mike Anderson.
* EvilSorcerer: Andre Linoge.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: What happens to [[spoiler: Angie Carver after she's kidnapped and [[MindRape given visions]] by Linoge. Her hair turning white isn't just from exposure to the snow...]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Implied for [[spoiler: the mayor. He had allowed his mother to die in truly horrible conditions and Linoge taunts him that she hasn't forgotten while in the afterlife. Linoge even takes her form and proclaims that in hell, his eyes will be [[EyeScream eaten over and over again]].]] Considering everything else Linoge said was true, this may happen.
* GoryDiscretionShot: we don't actually see Martha's face.
* HannibalLecture: Linoge is capable of delivering these at the drop of the hat.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Mike's son Ralphie immediately starts bonding with Linoge and thinks of him as a new friend. Justified since 1) Linoge acts perfectly friendly towards Ralphie, 2) he doesn't make fun of his "fairy saddle" birthmark [[spoiler:which is implied to be the reason Linoge might have chosen him from the start]] and 3) Ralphie is a small child.
* HostileWeather: The titular storm.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Mike. The worst secret Linoge has on him is that he cheated on a college test. Compare that to a town full of secrets about beatings, abuse or corruption.
* IronicNurseryTune: "I'm a little teapot..."
* LighthousePoint: There's a lighthouse on Little Tall Island which featured prominently in trailers and promotional art, despite the fact no character in the miniseries ever interacts with it (except for one creepy segment with Andre Linoge). However, it does get rather spectacularly toppled during the height of the snowstorm ([[SpecialEffectsFailure a clear bit]] of miniature work), an event witnessed by most of the town which also leads to the disappearance and deaths of several characters.
* MeaningfulName: Linoge = ''le neige'', the snow.
** Linoge - Legion
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: An idea to get rid of Linoge, suggested by [[spoiler: [[TeamMom Molly]]]] of all people.
* MayorPain: Robbie Beals is an incredibly headstrong {{Jerkass}}. It's not until [[spoiler: Linoge humiliates him in front of all the townsfolk]] [[BreakTheHaughty that he loses his ego.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When Linoge first arrives at the island, [[MoralEventHorizon he beats an old woman to death for no real reason.]]
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: As mentioned below, it is heavily implied that Linoge is the demon Legion mentioned in the Bible. When Anderson figures out the anagram, he relates the story of Legion to the people with him at the time, just in case the viewers can't figure it out for themselves.
* PedophilePriest: Linoge implies this about Reverend Bobby Riggins.
* PlayAlongPrisoner: there is absolutely no way Linoge was incapable of escaping before he did, or even of avoiding capture at all.
* PresentDayPast: Part 2 contains a fairly blatant bit of ProductPlacement for a brand of Mac laptop that did not exist in the late '80s when the story is set.
* PropheticNames: [[SignificantAnagram Linoge = Legion]], a Biblical demon
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Linoge's true form is a ''very'' old man. He actually admits that his plot is based on the fact that he is dying of old age, though he also states that compared to the townsfolk's "[[WeAreAsMayflies mayfly]]" like lifespans, he'll still be around long after the vast majority of them are dead (although he concedes that some of the teenagers might outlive him).
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mike's level-headed personality makes him a natural leader. [[spoiler: It also ends up alienating him from the rest of the townsfolk when they decide to sacrifice one of the kids.]]
* SacrificialLamb: Martha Clarendon's brutal murder is what sets Linoge's plan in motion.
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:The townspeople have to choose between Linoge randomly choosing a child to take and raise]], or [[spoiler:being forced to drown themselves in the ocean, disappearing like the Roanoke civilization.]] [[spoiler:And it's implied that the child-choosing wasn't random at all.]]
** It's also implied that [[spoiler:Linoge didn't have the power to make everyone commit suicide, as he gloats to the townspeople at the end that "perhaps you've tricked yourselves". The Roanoke dream may have been a deception, and he may have had nothing to do with their actual disappearance.]]
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Cora Stanhope, easily the most vulgar townsperson in the movie. [[spoiler: She gets her [[DisproportionateRetribution comeuppance]] later on.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: Subverted. Mike tries to invoke this with Linoge, telling him that everything Linoge knows about the town might be true, but he's only stating the bad, not the good. Linoge just laughs at Mike and tells him that the "good" is mostly in Mike's imagination.
* SinisterMinister: The televangelist.
* StockUnsolvedMysteries: Linoge implies (via dream) that he had come to a small island once before to "get what he wants", only to drown all its inhabitants when they refused him: [[spoiler:Roanoke]]. [[spoiler:This [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may]] or [[ManipulativeBastard may not]] be true.]]
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Courtesy of [[spoiler: little Pippa Hatcher, upon slapping her mother's face. Granted, the kid was under Linoge's spell at the time...]]
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: [[StatingTheSimpleSolution Suggested frequently.]] It's not until Linoge [[spoiler: demonstrates his ability to BulletCatch]] that it stops being a solution.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Averted in a PetTheDog moment for Mayor Beals. While he is at first stunned and disbelieving about Davey Hopewell's claim that Martha Clarendon has been murdered, he takes the teenager's fear and shock seriously, getting him care and going to investigate.
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