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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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


Horror, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Ray Bradbury

Sep 21, 1999

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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.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

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

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

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.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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WICKED needs to be viewed as a different kind of film

August 4, 2008 Full Review

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.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

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.

November 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

A film that does not seem to know whether it wants to be genuinely frightening or a fantasy fable.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Two or three chilling scenes make up for the periodic patches of dead air.

April 7, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Moments of genuine creepiness

November 5, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

July 26, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

A scary movie that keeps things within relatively safe bounds for the eight to ten-year-old set.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Something Wicked This Way Comes

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.
February 15, 2011

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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.
March 21, 2009

Super Reviewer

It starts off creepy and seems like there is a lot of potential, but it kind of just goes downhill from there.
October 7, 2012

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