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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 | circus | lightning | mirror | See more »

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Something frightening. Something strange. Something different. See more »


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29 April 1983 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)
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Pre-80s Disney regulars Darren McGavin, 'Dick van Dyke', Dean Jones were considered to play Charles Halloway. Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Hal Holbrook were also considered to play Charles Halloway as well. 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 »

Quotes

Charles Halloway: [quoting Shakespeare] By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
Mr. Dark: Then rang the bells both loud and deep. God is not dead nor doth he sleep.
Charles Halloway: The wrong will fail, the right prevail, with peace on Earth, goodwill to men.
Mr. Dark: It's a thousand years to Christmas, Mr. Holloway.
Charles Halloway: You're wrong. It's here, in this library tonight, and can't be spoiled.
Mr. Dark: Did Will and Jim bring it with them on the soles of their shoes? Then, we shall have to scrape them.
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A "pg" rated horror movie that actually works very well.
25 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie as a child, it was very interesting and it was nice to watch a horror movie that was rated PG as it would actually come on in the day rather than having to try to stay up late to watch it. Granted, it is not a pure horror movie, it has some other genres mixed in as well, but at its core I say horror is its main ingredient. The movie also features good characters in the form of Mr. Dark and Jason Robards character. The kid who is featured is also quite good here. The story has a carnival coming to town, however this carnival contains a dark secret and it is not just the fact the owner of this particular carnival is named Dark. No it seems he likes to offer those that are a bit weak the thing they desire most and then twist it in a way that makes it not so good. However, that is the price you must pay when dealing with this gentleman. The story moves at a good clip and while it never really gets gory or anything the story more than makes up for this and provides plenty of entertainment.


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