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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: In the book Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide, author Stephen Graham Jones says that the movie's critical failure and near financial failure was based on the fact that the "mean-spirited film did not have one single likable character."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Police Chief who helped Halleck get away with the crime, Duncan Hopely, ends up being cursed by the Romani with large boils all over his body and ends up shooting himself in the head rather than living the gruesome and horrifying existence that he would be living. Several years after the movie's premiere, his actor, Daniel von Bargen, did the exact same thing due to similar reasons (albeit it was due to diabetes and already having a leg amputated and was facing more amputations and he did survive, at least for another three years.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • Richie The Hammer kidnaps Lemke's granddaughter by posing as an FBI agent. Richie's Actor Joe Mantegna later plays an FBI profiler in Criminal Minds.
    • One reader stated that "This is what Stephen King would write if he could really write."
  • Retroactive Recognition: Bethany Joy Lenz as Billy's beloved daughter Linda.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The practical effects, camerawork, and prosthetics used to make Robert John Burke's appearance fluctuate from massively obese (a Fat Suit and Scully Boxes were copiously utilized to emphasize Billy's girth and frame looming over virtually everyone) to frighteningly skeletal (using facial prosthetics that ironically thickened Burke's face to make him appear gaunt in conjunction with forced perspective camerawork to give the illusion of depth, alongside the Boring, but Practical method of hiring an exceptionally skinny stuntman to stand-in for Burke during long shots). As a matter of fact, the only time you see Robert John Burke's real face is during the ending... and it is absolutely jarring (bordering on Uncanny Valley) to see him without the layers of makeup.
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