Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
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In a small anywhere town in any state in America, two young boys- quiet Will Halloway and somewhat rebellious Jim Nightshade-enjoy the ever-shortening days of autumn. When the boys hear about a strange traveling carnival from a lightning rod salesman, they decide to see what it is all about-but Will is fearful, as most carnivals end their tours after Labor Day. When the ominous Mr. Dark, the Illustrated Man, rides into town on a dark midnight, setting up his massive carnival in a matter of seconds, the boys are both thrilled and terrified. It seems to be just another carnival at first, but it is not before long that the forces of darkness themselves are manifesting from the haunting melodies of the carousel-which can change your age depending on which way you ride it-and the glaring Mirror Maze. With his collection of freaks and oddities, such as the Fat Man, Mr. Electro, and the blind Dust Witch, Dark intends to take control of the town and seize more innocent souls to damn. It will take all the wit and hope of the two boys to save their families and friends, with aid from an unlikely ally-Will's father, the town librarian, who understands more than anyone else that "something wicked this way comes."
After he fulfills your deepest, lifelong dream...he'll tell you the price you have to pay.
Title: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Release Date: April 29, 1983
Runtime: 95 mins
All Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Buried.com Rating: 7.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: PG
Jason Robards ...Charles Halloway
Jonathan Pryce ...Mr. Dark
Diane Ladd ...Mrs. Nightshade
Royal Dano ...Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson ...Will Halloway
Shawn Carson ...Jim Nightshade
Mary Grace Canfield ...Miss Foley
Richard Davalos ...Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel ...Mr. Tetley
Jack Dodson ...Dr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer ...Mr. Cooger
Ellen Geer ...Mrs. Halloway
Pam Grier ...Dust Witch
Brendan Klinger ...Cooger as a Child
James Stacy ...Ed, The Bartender
Angelo Rossitto ...Little Person #1
Peter Risch ...Little Person #2 (as Peter D. Risch)
Tim T. Clark ...Teenage Boy
Jill Carroll ...Teenage Girl
Tony Christopher ...young Ed
Sharan Lea ...young Miss Foley
Scott De Roy ...Cooger as a young Man
Sharon Ashe ...Townswoman
Arthur Hill ...Narrator (voice)
Phil Fondacaro ...Demon Clown
Jerry Maren ...
More Movie Taglines:
- After he fulfills your deepest, lifelong dream...he'll tell you the price you have to pay.
- Don't whisper your dreams, someone may be listening. [UK]
- Ray Bradbury's classic tale of shadowy dreams come true
- Something frightening. Something strange. Something different.
- What would you give a man who could make your deepest dreams come true?
- Charles Halloway: [quoting Shakespeare] By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
Mr. Dark: Then rang the bells both loud and deep. God is not dead nor doth he sleep.
Tom Fury: Some folks draw lightning to them as a cat to baby's breath!
Charles Halloway: [to Mr. Dark] Where do you come from? The dust. Where do you go to? The grave.
Charles Halloway: I, uh, have the honor, sir. Mr. Dark: And have had for many years, I do believe. All that time spent living only through other men's lives. Dreaming only other men's dreams. What a waste. Charles Halloway: Sometimes a man can learn more form other men's dreams than he can from his own. Come visit me, sir, if you wish to improve your education. Mr. Dark: I will, and I may improve yours.
- A special-effects sequence that took place at the beginning of the film was cut shortly before the movie hit the theaters. In this sequence, the carnival materializes from the smoke of the train - the smoke from the engine "becomes ropes and canvas tents. Tree limbs grow together to form a ferris wheel and a spider web mutates into a wheel of fortune." This sequence was the first time that computer animation was used to animate organic material, and it was combined with traditional animation. The scene was deemed not convincing enough and was cut from the film at the very last minute (according to an issue of "Twilight Zone Magazine" that was released the same month as the film, the scene was going to be in the final print).
In the spider sequence, the boys are noticeably older, since the scene was re-shot after the rest of the production had been completed. This was used to replace a sequence with a large mechanical hand which, like the animated appearance of the carnival, was deemed too hokey and was subsequently cut from the film.
Disney made many changes to the film that Ray Bradbury and director Jack Clayton did not intend. Many extra special effects scenes were shot, and other changes were made before its release. According to the laserdisc commentary by Bradbury, much of his original intentions for the movie were destroyed.
In Anchor Bay's DVD, the end of the theatrical trailer (which shows the film's title) has been cropped. The rest of trailer is in 1.85:1, but that last shot is around 2.35:1, which has caused confusion among fans. This aspect ratio change in the trailer was done by Disney to mask off Disney/Buena Vista names. Disney did not allow its name anywhere on the DVD package.
Steven Spielberg was considered to direct this movie.
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