Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Dark's Pandemonium Carnival steams into town on a cold autumn's eve, bringing with it strange and fantastic attractions that tempt the weak at heart with prospects of newed youth, beauty, fame, lust, and other fine riches. Two young boys discover the sinister secret that has brought the autumn people back to their small town, as they make a stand against its evil proprietor. Ray Bradbury's frightful fantasy horror novel is brought to life in SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, directed by THE INNOCENT's Jack Clayton. Clayton directs with a youthful exuberance that allows us to turn back the clock and become children once again, if only for a moment. With the aid of James Horner's orchestral score, the mood dances between light and dark, but always leaves us with the feeling of childlike wonder. As handsome as he is unsettling, Jonathan Pryce lives up to his character's name as the devilish Mr. Dark. He need only speak a line of Bradbury's prose to elicit chills. Jason Robards stands against him as the fading father figure who must conquer the regrets of old age to save his young son. The boys, played by Vidal Peterson and Shawn Carson, also capture the excitement and fears of childhood perfectly amidst the coming darkness. When placed within the confines of the ominous carnival setting, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES becomes a living nightmare, and serves as a memorable fantasy horror film that is fun for the whole family!

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES:
LADY IN WHITE, IT, BLOOD MOON, MONSTER SQUAD, NEEDFUL THINGS, TORTURE GARDEN, TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE.

2 comments:

  1. I wasnt aware until I recently watched The Innocents, but this is the same director, Jack Clayton! No wonder this film is so old school and spooky! I loved The Innocents, recently reviewed it, highly recommend it by the way!

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  2. A wonderful haunting picture Franco, and one of my new favorites as well. THE INNOCENTS should be essential viewing for any horror fan!

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