Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Something Wicked This Way Comes




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Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and his mysterious carnival comes to a small, Midwestern town and proceeds to grant wishes to the locals, but it would seem there is a catch. This adaptation of Ray Bradbury's fantastic tale of the supernatural was overseen by Disney Studios.

Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Ray Bradbury
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On DVD: Sep 21, 1999
Walt Disney Productions

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as Charles Halloway

as Will Halloway

as Mrs. Nightshade

as Jim Nightshade

as Dust Witch

as Tom Fury

as Mr. Crosetti

as Mr. Crosetti

as Mr. Tetley

as Mr. Douglas

as Mr. Cooger

as Mrs. Halloway

as Ed the Bartender

as Young Miss Foley

as Little Person No. 1

as Little Person No. 2

as Young Miss Foley

as Teenage Couple

as Teenage Couple

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as Townswoman

as Narrator

as Cooger as a Child
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Critic Reviews for Something Wicked This Way Comes

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

Possibilities for a dark, child's view fantasy set in rural America of yore are visible throughout the $20 million production but various elements have not entirely congealed into a unified achievement.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Top Critic

The plot concerns a mysterious carnival outside a small town in the early 1900s that grants the wishes of the town's citizens, with dark consequences.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Even amidst readily apparent imperfections, "Wicked" still holds a melancholy grip. That's because its supernatural elements are really but a grace note to the symphony of its everyday drama, whose elegant, elegiac qualities have diminished little.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013

Along with The Watcher in the Woods, it may be Disney's only honest-to-God effort to tell us a horror story.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013

Audience Reviews for Something Wicked This Way Comes


I'm sure Something Wicked This Way Comes would have worked on me had I seen it at the proper age, but unfortunately I didn't. The film isn't altogether a mess. It's directed by Jack Clayton, has a score from James Horner, and features both Pam Grier and Jonathan Pryce in leading roles. What's not to love? Well it has a couple of annoying child actors in it for starters. Second, the meat of the story doesn't kick in until toward the end of the second act. It definitely gets dark, but not quite as wicked as its title promises. It feels more family-friendly than anything, and I think that's its major weakness. It has plenty going for it, but not enough for something really memorable or captivating. Worth a rent, but not much else I'm afraid.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Cute movie in the company of "The Lady in White" and "Stand By Me". Buddies deal with a mysterious carnival that visits town. I was expecting a little more wicked... but it is more family friendly than horror.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

Very dark. Very disturbing. I think Disney was very depressed in the 80's. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a mixed bag of brilliance and boredom. When it tells the story of the young protagonists it is slow and doesn't seem to be building up to anything. When we finally get to the carnival, things liven up. Pryce is amazing in his role as Mr. Dark. Charming, sinister and very intimidating. The film touches on deep issues such as regret, acceptance and the fear of growing old. We see many characters past their prime. The aged beauty queen, the crippled sports athlete etc. We see how things become better, but at a cost. Robards is a strong emotional anchor between the world of the children and that of the carnival. Another fantastic Disney death here as well. It's a wonderful tale, but probably best for adults and older kids.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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