Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Movie Review

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

1983 | Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Family
95 minutes /

User Score: 43/100

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Something Wicked This Way Comes Review


In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) comes from fantasy author Ray Bradbury who wrote both the novel and this film’s screenplay. Jack Clayton directed Something Wicked This Way Comes for Disney as a fantasy mystery thriller movie. This movie had a pretty high estimated budget of $19 million dollars.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is about two boys who become entangled in an evil circus carnival. The entire small town succumbs to the evil lead by Mr. Dark played by Jonathan Pryce. One by one everyone slowly becomes persuaded by their greatest desires resulting in them becoming a part of the attraction.

This film depends heavily on the performances of the children actors which they did a mostly convincing portrayal most of the time. This movie does not do justice to some of the scenes that Bradbury nailed in the books. The film does, however, shine at other moments but never completely pulls off the overall feel that the movie looks to have been trying to pull off. Some scenes feel like they only needed one last take to really nail the scene. Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce shine in this film with Robards pouring so much into his role as the older father and Pryce making you loathe him. Pam Grier appears as the Dust Witch making it an interesting casting as Grier as the most beautiful woman in the world even though she played the role, okay, she was uncharismatic. Shame that the film lacked the luster to make it more memorable.


About Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Title: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Year: 1983
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Family
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.15/5 stars from 30 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 30
Starring: Pam Grier, Phil Fondacaro, Jonathan Pryce, Jerry Maren, Royal Dano, Angelo Rossitto, Jill Carroll, Jason Robards, Tony Christopher, Sharan Lea, Diane Ladd, Scott De Roy, Vidal Peterson, Sharon Ashe, Shawn Carson, Arthur Hill, Mary Grace Canfield, Richard Davalos, Jake Dengel, Jack Dodson, Bruce M. Fischer, Ellen Geer, Brendan Klinger, James Stacy, Peter Risch, Tim T. Clark
Writers: Ray Bradbury
Director: Jack Clayton

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