Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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Movie Info

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 (James Stacy) would like to regain his lost left arm and leg, and the librarian (Jason Robards) worries about a wasted life spent only in books. As Dr. Dark works his own brand of voodoo, the citizens and the two boys -- as well as the whole carnival itself -- approach a final reckoning. Something Wicked This Way Comes was based on a Ray Bradbury novel.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Horror , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Walt Disney Productions

Cast

Jason Robards
as Charles Halloway
Jonathan Pryce
as Mr. Dark
Vidal Peterson
as Will Halloway
Diane Ladd
as Mrs. Nightshade
Shawn Carson
as Jim Nightshade
Pam Grier
as Dust Witch
Royal Dano
as Tom Fury
Mary Grace Canfield
as Miss Foley
Dick Davalos
as Mr. Crosetti
Richard Davalos
as Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel
as Mr. Tetley
Jack Dodson
as Mr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer
as Mr. Cooger
Ellen Geer
as Mrs. Halloway
James Stacy
as Ed the Bartender
Sharon Lea
as Young Miss Foley
Angelo Rossitto
as Little Person No. 1
Peter Risch
as Little Person No. 2
Sharan Lea
as Young Miss Foley
Tim T. Clark
as Teenage Couple
Jill Carroll
as Teenage Couple
Tony Christopher
as Young Ed
Scott DeRoy
as Cooger as a Young Man
Sharon Ashe
as Townswoman
Arthur Hill
as Narrator
Brendan Klinger
as Cooger as a Child
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Critic Reviews for Something Wicked This Way Comes

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4)

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
Variety
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.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Book-based '80s movie about an evil carnival is scary.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
Common Sense Media

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
Suite101.com

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
Mania.com

Audience Reviews for Something Wicked This Way Comes

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

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

½

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
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
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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