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  • Awesome Moments: General finally getting the upper paw on the evil troll and sending him flying straight into a box fan. Crosses with Crowning Moment of Funny when General does this by switching a record player to spin too fast for the troll to cling to it, so that the climax is scored with The Police running at 78 RPM. Also some Suspiciously Apropos Music; The specific song is "Every Breath You Take" and the troll kills children by "stealing their breath."
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Hearing the *SPLAT!* as Cressner hits the sidewalk will have you cringing. Hearing the flat *HONK!* as he happens to hit the horn he dropped earlier will have you laughing at the same time.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: General is one seriously badass kitty cat.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Try watching the Quitter's Inc. segment after reading King's other short story, "The Ten O' Clock People", where balancing how much you smoke allows you to see the Bat-people.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: General hopping up and giving the sleeping Amanda a kiss, and getting a big hug in return, provides a most upbeat ending to a Stephen King movie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Mike Starr would later play an eventually-offed henchman again in Dumb and Dumber.
  • Narm Charm: The climax of the final segment: psychic housecat defeats miniature troll threatening girl by tricking it onto a record player playing The Police at 78 RPM that spins so fast it goes flying into a fan. It's hilarious and badass all at once.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Rare in a Stephen King film; the miniature troll is supposed to be a gruesome little beast, and certainly looks the part, but then Frank Welker's unmistakable voice comes out of it. It significantly tones down the Nightmare Fuel.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Charles Dutton in his first role, as a thug in "The Ledge."
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  • Shocking Swerve: Averted. The original planned ending was to reveal that General was Evil All Along, and he suffocates Amanda by stealing her breath, which would have turned his entire arc into a nonsensical Shoot the Shaggy Dog story packed with Fridge Logic (he follows a telepathic plea for help halfway across the country and battles an evil troll to protect a little girl, just so he could kill the kid himself?). Thankfully, this didn't make it into the finished film.
  • Special Effects Failure: It's all too obviously a cartoon Cressner falling off the ledge.
  • What an Idiot!: Dick still sneaks in a cigarette after being warned of the consequences by Quitters, Inc. and shown compelling proof that they're absolutely not fucking around with their threats. Luckily, he wises up after they make good on the first one.


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