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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

 -  Drama | Family | Fantasy  -  29 April 1983 (USA)
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

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Charles Halloway
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Mr. Dark
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Mrs. Nightshade
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Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson ...
Will Halloway
Shawn Carson ...
Jim Nightshade
Mary Grace Canfield ...
Miss Foley
Richard Davalos ...
Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel ...
Mr. Tetley
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Dr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer ...
Mr. Cooger
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Mrs. Halloway
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Dust Witch
Brendan Klinger ...
Cooger as a Child
James Stacy ...
Ed, The Bartender
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Can two young boys overcome the worst the devil himself can deal out? Wishes are granted, but twisted as only the esteemed Mr. Dark can make them. Based on the Ray Bradbury novel. Written by Mayla Kalrist <mayla@sojourn.com>

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boy | carnival | mirror | devil | lightning | See more »

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After he fulfills your deepest, lifelong dream...he'll tell you the price you have to pay. See more »


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29 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Cos paskudnego tu nadchodzi  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)
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After a poorly received test screening, Disney held back the release of the movie for a year to re-edit , film additional and replacement scenes (including special effects sequences) with a second unit director, add opening narration, and hire James Horner to rewrite a completely new score, all of which added millions to the budget. When watching the film, it's quite obvious which scenes, such as the spider attack and the mirror maze climax, were filmed nearly a year after original production had wrapped. Reportedly, Bradbury and the original film makers were not pleased with the studio's intervention, nor the effects added. The picture ended up being a flop when it was finally released in 1983, despite Disney's attempts to make it more audience friendly. See more »

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When Jim Nightshade buys the lightning rod with cash and coin, he has a Lincoln Memorial penny, which wasn't minted until 1959. The story is set earlier. See more »

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Charles Halloway: I know who you are. You are the autumn people. Where do you come from? The dust. Where do you go to? The grave.
Mr. Dark: Yes. We are the hungry ones. Your torments call us like dogs in the night. And we do feed, and feed well.
Charles Halloway: To stuff yourselves on other people's nightmares.
Mr. Dark: And butter our plain bread with delicious pain. So, you do understand a little.
Charles Halloway: You are known in this town. My father knew you.
Mr. Dark: Your father? The preacher? That half-man?
Charles Halloway: He lived on goodness.
Mr. Dark: Tasteless fare. Funerals, bad marriages...
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Just a single scene makes it all worthwhile....
27 April 2004 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, this was a big disappointment to many Bradbury fans, but it still has enough charm to make it a satisfactory cinematic experience. It is debatable whether or not one should read the book before seeing the movie. You will certainly have a better understanding of what is happening, but the terror conveyed in the book is not present in the movie.

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There is the scene with Pryce and Robards in the town library. Even with the outdated FX, this scene is pure Bradbury...I could feel the tugging on my heart as Pryce's character ripped each page from the book. Truly a classic moment and not to be missed.

*** out of *****


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