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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

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An evil proprietor takes his traveling carnival to a small town.

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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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Das Böse kommt auf leisen Sohlen  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,423,555, 1 May 1983, Wide Release

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$8,400,000
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Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival took up two acres of Disney's Golden Oak Ranch backlot in Newhall, California See more »

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Mr. Dark skips the number 41 during the library sequence. See more »

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Charles Halloway: [to Will] That's no way to save your friend, Jim, stop it! They like that, God, they like tears! Jump about, hoot and holler!
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Referenced in Smart Guy: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998) See more »

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Be good or Mr. Dark will come and get you
14 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a very eerie and dark film for one made by Disney. It contains all sort of dark and bright side of the human nature such as greed, envy, temptation, and at the same time it also embraces joy, hope, courage, and friendship. Although, the core of the movie is a fight between good and evil, it is not preaching at all. Yet it does have a conviction of fear.

It's like one of campfire folk tales that comes at you very slowly from your behind and some unexpected moment it grubs your neck. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a that kind of movie.

I don't consider this film as a horror film because it reminds of me something from my childhood memory and it is beyond horror. Do you remember the line your mom used to say when you were bad? "Be good or ..... will come and get you"

To me, Mr.Dark fits into the blank much better than any other monsters.


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