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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Halloway
Mrs. Nightshade
Tom Fury
Vidal Peterson ...
Will Halloway
Shawn Carson ...
Jim Nightshade
Mary Grace Canfield ...
Miss Foley
Richard Davalos ...
Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel ...
Mr. Tetley
Dr. Douglas
Bruce M. Fischer ...
Mr. Cooger
Mrs. Halloway
Dust Witch
Brendan Klinger ...
Cooger as a Child
James Stacy ...
Ed, The Bartender


In Green Town, Illinois, the twelve year-old boys Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade are neighbors and best friends. Will's father Charles Halloway is an old man and the local librarian while Jim and his mother wait for the return of the return of their father and husband that will never occur. The boys know everyone in town, including their school teacher Miss Foley that misses her beauty and youth; the lonely barber Mr. Crosetti that has no girlfriend or wife; the greedy owner of a cigar store Mr. Tetley that is obsessed with money; and the bartender Ed that has severed arm and leg and dreams on being a football hero. One day, Jim buys a lightning rod from the salesman Tom Fury that tells that a storm is coming. During the night, the boys overhear a mysterious train and they run through the woods to see the arrival but they do not see a living soul. However, they find the Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival ready to be enjoyed and they snoop around. Soon they realize that frustrated and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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29 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Cos paskudnego tu nadchodzi  »

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Sam Peckinpah briefly flirted with the idea of filming Ray Bradbury's story, but was unable to raise the necessary financing. See more »


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 »


Charles Halloway: [hearing a clock chime] Three o'clock. They call it the soul's midnight...
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You May Disagree, But I Love This Movie
11 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading some of the previous comments made about this film, I feel compelled to add my own.

I've never read the Ray Bradbury novel, though this movie did make me want to read more of his work. So what if it's not entirely true to the book? How many supernatural-themed stories adapted for film actually were true to the story in pre-CGI days? At any rate, I love this movie because it was spooky without being scary, and for a kid's movie, that was perfect for me. I'll never forget how creepy Jonathan Price was in this film. I loved the effects and the moody art direction.

It's dark without being too dark for kids, which I'm pretty sure is what Disney and most parents would want.

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