Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
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After a carnival comes to Green Town, the good citizens are compelled to follow their deepest desires, caught under the spell of the malevolent Dr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) who can grant those desires on one condition: that the grantees will forever join his freak show. Dr. Dark is after two young boys from the town in particular, while others in the town would certainly be easy marks. The sour-faced, older schoolteacher (Mary Grace Canfield) wants to be a seductive young woman, Ed the bartender
Apr 29, 1983 Limited
Sep 21, 1999
Mary Grace Canfield
Bruce M. Fischer
Young Miss Foley
Little Person No. 2
Little Person No. 1
Ed the Bartender
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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.
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.
Ultimately, though, it's an uneasy blend of horror and whimsy, with the allegory being hammered a little too hard for comfort. It's also marred by some dreadfully tacky special effects and set designs.
A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure.
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.
Along with The Watcher in the Woods, it may be Disney's only honest-to-God effort to tell us a horror story.
The property was snapped up by Disney, which promptly sucked the life out of it, turning it into a scrubbed and innocuous coming-of-age tale. Too bad.
Try as I might to get into this movie, based on the classic Ray Bradbury tale, I've found myself blocked by its off-putting ways.
Bradbury's tale connects fear and dread to concupiscent desire and disordered regret fantasies of wealth or women, preoccupation with lost beauty or physical ability.
A film that does not seem to know whether it wants to be genuinely frightening or a fantasy fable.
Two or three chilling scenes make up for the periodic patches of dead air.
Moments of genuine creepiness
Elicits a brand of fright that can only be experienced in childhood nightmares. It's the ultimate adult rendition of a child's worst fears.
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