Something Wicked This Way Comes Info
Something Wicked This Way Comes Review
Synopsis: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.
Runtime: 95 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Family
Total Avg. Votes: 30
Writers: Ray Bradbury
Director: Jack Clayton