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Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

aka Something Wicked This Way Comes

"What would you give a man who could make your deepest dreams come true?"

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Details: 95 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Small Charles Halloway
Small Mr. Dark
Small Mrs. Nightshade
Small Tom Fury
No_movie_poster Will Halloway
No_movie_poster Jim Nightshade
Small Mr. Crosetti
No_movie_poster Mr. Tetley
No_movie_poster Dr. Douglas
No_movie_poster Mr. Cooger
No_movie_poster Mrs. Halloway
Small Dust Witch


No_movie_poster Jack Clayton Director
Small Ray Bradbury Screenplay
No_movie_poster Peter Douglas Production
No_movie_poster John Mortimer Writer
Small Ray Bradbury Story Contributor


"What would you give a man who could make your deepest dreams come true?"


In Greentown, Illinois, a small town enjoying the innocence of an upcoming autumn as the days grow shorter, two young boys—reserved Will Halloway and somewhat rebellious Jim Nightshade—leave from an after-school detention for "whispering in class" and hurry off for home. When the boys hear about a strange traveling carnival, Mr. Dark's Pandemonium Carnival, from a lightning-rod salesman, they decide to see what it is all about, but Will is fearful, as most carnivals end their tours after Labor Day. When the ominous Mr. Dark, the Illustrated Man, rides into town on a dark midnight, setting up his massive carnival in a matter of seconds, the boys are both thrilled and terrified. It seems to be just another carnival at first, but it is not before long that the forces of darkness are manifesting from the haunting melodies of the carousel—which can change your age depending on which way you ride it—and from the glaring Mirror Maze. With his collection of freaks and oddities, such as the Fat Man, Mr. Electro, and the blind Dust Witch, Dark intends to take control of the town and seize more innocent souls to damn. It will take all the wit and hope of the two boys to save their families and friends, with aid from an unlikely ally, Will's father, the town librarian, who understands more than anyone else that "something wicked this way comes".

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1983-04-29 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-09-21

DVD : 2004-08-03