Something Wicked This Way Comes ()

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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
Mr. Dark
Mrs. Nightshade
Tom Fury
Will Halloway
Jim Nightshade
Miss Foley
Mr. Crosetti
Jake Dengel ...
Mr. Tetley
Dr. Douglas
Mr. Cooger
Mrs. Halloway
Dust Witch
Cooger as a Child
Ed, The Bartender
Little Person #1
Peter Risch ...
Little Person #2 (as Peter D. Risch)
Tim T. Clark ...
Teenage Boy
Teenage Girl
Tony Christopher ...
Young Ed
Young Miss Foley
Cooger as a Young Man
Sharon Ashe ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Demon Clown (uncredited)
Demon Midget (uncredited)
Steve Mirer ...
Townsperson (uncredited)

Directed by

Jack Clayton

Written by

Ray Bradbury ... (screenplay)
Ray Bradbury ... (novel)

Produced by

Peter Douglas ... producer (as Peter Vincent Douglas)
Dan Kolsrud ... associate producer
Kirk Douglas ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

James Horner

Cinematography by

Stephen H. Burum

Film Editing by

Barry Mark Gordon
Argyle Nelson Jr. ... (as Argyle Nelson)

Editorial Department

Axel Hubert ... assistant film editor (as Axel Anton Hubert)

Casting By

Virginia Higgins
Pam Polifroni

Production Design by

Richard Macdonald ... (as Richard MacDonald)

Art Direction by

Richard Lawrence ... (as Richard James Lawrence)
John B. Mansbridge
John Marshall

Set Decoration by

Rick Simpson

Costume Design by

Ruth Myers

Makeup Department

Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist
Edie Panda ... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer ... creative makeup
James R. Scribner ... makeup artist (as Jim Scribner)
Stan Winston ... special makeup effects (uncredited)

Production Management

Richard Learman ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Scott Cameron ... additional second assistant director
Christopher Disney Miller ... additional second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
Dan Kolsrud ... first assistant director
Lisa Marmon ... second assistant director
Stephen McEveety ... first assistant director: special effects (as Steve McEveety)

Art Department

Dennis DeWaay ... construction coordinator
Joseph Hurley ... production illustrator (as Joe Hurley)
Michael Peraza Jr. ... conceptual artist
Mark Sparks ... propmaker
Yarek Alfer ... sculptor (uncredited)
Jesse Silver ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Alan Sims ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Daniel Turk ... foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Nick Alphin ... re-recording mixer
Bruce Bisenz ... production sound mixer
Robert Hathaway ... sound supervisor (as Bob Hathaway)
David M. Horton ... special sound effects creator
Al Maguire ... dialogue editor
Joseph A. Parker ... supervising sound effects editor
Richard Portman ... sound re-recording supervisor (as Richard R. Portman) / special sound effects creator (as Richard R. Portman)
Frank Regula ... re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Wayne Allwine ... sound editor (uncredited)
George Fredrick ... sound editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd ... sound (uncredited)
Al Maguire ... adr editor (uncredited)
George Probert ... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)
Joan Rowe ... foley artist (uncredited)
Douglas J. Schulman ... cable person (uncredited)
Roger Sword ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Allen Hall ... mechanical special effects
Richard L. Hill ... special effects crew / special effects
Willard Livingston ... mechanical special effects
Hans Metz ... mechanical special effects
Brick Price ... special effects
Isidoro Raponi ... mechanical special effects
Roland Tantin ... mechanical special effects supervisor
Tom von Badinski ... welder
Gary D'Amico ... special effects (uncredited)
George Paine ... miniatures (uncredited)
John Palmer ... special effects: WonderWorks (uncredited)
Robert G. Willard ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Peter Anderson ... special photographic effects
William L. Arance ... airbrush artist (as W.L. Arance)
Allen Blyth ... animator (as Wm. Allen Blyth)
Ed Coffey ... animator
Clint Colver ... composite supervisor
Art Cruickshank ... special photographic effects
Lee Dyer ... special visual effects
Harrison Ellenshaw ... special effects consultant
Gail Fox ... animator
Allen Gonzales ... animator
Bill Kilduff ... opticals supervisor
Michael Lloyd ... matte artist
Phil Meador ... special photographic effects
John Norton ... animator
Darrell Rooney ... animator
Scott Santoro ... animator
Jesse Silver ... matte artist
Ron Stangl ... animation production coordinator
Richard Sullivan ... scene planner (as Richard T. Sullivan)
Michael Wolf ... effects animation supervisor
David Halver ... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
George Muhs ... visual effects (uncredited)
Lynda Thompson ... visual effects assistant scene coordinator (uncredited)
Susan Turner ... visual effects (uncredited)
Bruce Woodside ... animator: VCE (uncredited)


Gary Combs ... stunts
Bobby Porter ... stunts
George Robotham ... stunts
Pat Romano ... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Charles A. Tamburro ... stunts (as Charles Tamburro)
Jeff Viola ... stunts
Scott Land ... stilt walker (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Elliot Davis ... camera operator
Jan Kiesser ... additional photography
Carl Boles ... gaffer (uncredited)
Michael R. Marquette ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy ... set lighting technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Tony Faso ... costumer: men
Jennifer L. Parsons ... costumer: women (as Jennifer Parsons)
Jack Sandeen ... costume supervisor

Music Department

Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Georges Delerue ... composer: unused music
Dennis Ricotta ... music editor
Sally Stevens ... singer
Jack Wadsworth ... supervising music editor
Harry Bluestone ... musician: violin (uncredited)
James Horner ... conductor (uncredited) / music producer (uncredited)
Greig McRitchie ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / music arranger: Beethoven (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Edle Bakke ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Susan Becton ... production coordinator
Stephen J. Kerr ... evp southeast asia
Jeanie Sims ... creative consultant
Bayard Veiller ... production coordinator
Cardon Walker ... production coordinator
Mark Harden ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro ... aerial coordinator/pilot (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 greedy people are vanishing in town and the evil Mr. Dark and the Dust Witch make their dreams come true. In return, Mr. Dark seizes their souls. Now Mr. Dark is seeking them out but Charles Halloway has a journal from his father about the autumn carnival that might be their last chance to defeat the evil. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Also Known As
  • La foire des ténèbres (France)
  • Das Böse kommt auf leisen Sohlen (Germany)
  • El Carnaval de las tinieblas (Spain)
  • El carnaval de las tinieblas (Spain)
  • Pahat voimat valloillaan (Finland)
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  • 95 min
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Box Office

Budget $19,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $2,423,555, 01 May 1983

Did You Know?

Trivia Stephen King wrote a rejected adaptation. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' (1983). See more »
Quotes Will Halloway: If you're a good person, then demons can't harm you, can they? Am I? Am I a good person?
Charles Halloway: Well, I wouldn't count on your mother's answer right now, but I think you are.
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