Yeah, to fair I may be selling it a bit short saying it's distinctly average. I actually enjoyed it a lot the first watching, second time I didn't like it so much. Some stuff about the ending annoys me, cause it kinda misrepresented the original message at the end of the book.. but yeah, it's entirely worth a watch.
I've watched that film at least six times so far. I gave it a 10/10 after the first viewing. The ending is just god-like, I'm speechless every time I'm watching this. Don't care for the book, though. I don't like King as a writer, but his ideas made good movies. Okay, more or less, but I can enjoy even the crappy ones (which would be the majority).
The evil bitch we're talking about agitates the sheltered people to a point where they are willing to 'sacrifice' sinners, meaning killing people she doesn't like. She would be a perfect match for the Hate-Monger.