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Something Wicked This Way Comes

PG 1983 1h 34m Horror List
61% Tomatometer 33 Reviews 64% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) brings his traveling carnival to a small Midwestern town and grants wishes, for a price. Read More Read Less
Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Critics Consensus

True terror and typical Disney wholesomeness clash uncomfortably in Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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Variety Staff Variety 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. Mar 10, 2009 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader 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. Mar 10, 2009 Full Review John Preston Time Out 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. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Peter Sobczynski The Spool [D]espite the hiccups and poor reputation, Something Wicked This Way Comes remains a surprisingly potent work of dark fantasy. Jun 14, 2023 Full Review Richard Holliss Starburst Something Wicked never really amounts to anything... its not until its viewed for a second time that it begins to make any kind of impact. Aug 1, 2022 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...offering up horror tropes but grounded in small-town Americana, this is about the most wholesome horror film ever made... Rated: 4/5 Mar 22, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Bob L Great childhood horror movie. I make my kids watch it with me each Father's Day (My kids might view that as a true horror film) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/16/24 Full Review Thom G Something Wicked This Way Comes is a family-friendly horror story presented in a Disney-like adventure style. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/05/24 Full Review Alec B Many images remain burned in my brain and while it certainly isn't as good as I remember from my childhood viewing (clearly Disney diminished Clayton's original cut) it does have a memorable staying power. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Robert C Killer mid American small town setting. Not sure if that type of place exists anymore but I grew up there. Super Bradbury! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/28/23 Full Review Musuko S This is a really fun period piece, well acted, especially Shawn Carson Stands re watching every year in October ....Where is Shawn now Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/07/23 Full Review John R Clearly missing a large amount of material from the book (which I've not yet read), which would fill it out in ways that it really needs. A good amount of what's going on feels forced and thin because there's little to no build up or character building. None of the payoffs feel earned. It's just an hour and a half of stuff happening and then it ends. Jonathan Pryce was super spooky though. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) brings his traveling carnival to a small Midwestern town and grants wishes, for a price.
Director
Jack Clayton
Producer
Peter Douglas
Screenwriter
Ray Bradbury
Production Co
Walt Disney Productions, Bryna Productions
Rating
PG
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 3, 2004
Runtime
1h 34m
Sound Mix
Stereo, Surround