Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983


Ray Bradbury adapted his own celebrated novel for Jack Clayton to direct this beguilingly lyrical supernatural drama, a Disney production free from gore but as creepy as they come. Jonathan Pryce makes an ideal Mr Dark, whose midnight circus attracts two young boys, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade (Vidal Peterson and Shawn Carson). Their father (Jason Robards) steps in to confront Mr Dark’s carnival of monsters, with Pam Grier’s Dust Witch amongst the motley crew of dark creations. Atmospheric and careful in the depiction of childhood innocence, Something Wicked This Way Comes would make a good double bill with Night of The Hunter, horror films where the real terror is the idea of growing up.


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