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
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 »
Mr. Dark skips the number 41 during the library sequence. See more »
Some folks draw lightning to them as a cat sucks in a baby's breath.
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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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