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Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983

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

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Imdb rating: 6.8



I was thinking and searching for this great movie, I remembered from when I was a kid. Couldn't find it... until now. Solar your the best!
A little darker magic from Disneys backpockets here folks. Not the kind of movie you want to share with children on a sundays afternoon, unless you want them to stop bothering you about going a a caroussel,; "watch that last part kids!.. You see?! Yeah Disney wouldn't lie now would he?!"
Cheers, Reall worth the watch.
LOVED this movie when I was a kid!
This is an old movie about a carousel that changes age. I haven't watched it for a while, except I recall the following scene, where a magician is speaking with an old man, trying to offer him youth in exchange for his grandchiledren. Ooh, suspenseful!

Magician: 28, a great year. You're plenty young, and the women will like you.

Magician: No? GONE! GONE!

Magician: 30, a good year, you still have plenty of your youth. GONE!

Old Man: No!

Magician: 40. You're getting up there, but you're still retaining one last thread of your youth.

Old Man: My life....

Magician: 50! YOU ARE OLD! YOU'RE A WASTE!!! Now you will die!

:eek: Sort of weird if you ask me!
really bad.......
Here's some film ratings.
What to say about Manderlay? Writer/director Lars von Trier follows up his 2003 film, Dogville, with a continuation of the story. Sort of. Grace leaves Dogville with her gangster father, and they travel until they come upon a plantation where slavery is still in effect, even though it is now the 1930s. This time, however, Grace is played by Bryce Dallas Howard ("Spider-Man 3") instead of Nicole Kidman ("The Golden Compass"), and James Caan ("Elf") has become Willem Dafoe ("Anamorph"). Maybe I got too caught up in the compare and contrast. Maybe it had been too long since I had seen Dogville, which I enjoyed, but I just did not feel this movie. Howard's naivete drove me crazy, and I couldn't remember Kidman being so oblivious in the first film. The first hour and a half had me shaking my fist trying to figure out why everyone was behaving the way they were. But the second hour and a half were a bit more interesting examination of social, race and class structures. Like Dogville, Manderlay has minimal sets and is told in a series of chapters complete with narrator. I can't really recommend it. But if you liked Dogville, there will be something here to enjoy.

I think I am more in love with the title, the book upon which it is based, and the idea behind Something Wicked This Way Comes, than I am the movie. I read the Ray Bradbury novel last year and it was amazing. I had seen parts of this film when I was young and remembered it to be spooky, so I wanted to check it out. I was somewhat disappointed. I know that movies rarely capture the splendor of the book, but I still want it to be so. The travelling carnival that comes to town and captures the residents souls did not live up to the horror of the book. The friendship between the two main boys did not feel as tight, nor did the father/son relationship really develop. It's like a PG "Needful Things." I still enjoyed it. I was just let down.

Eyes of Laura Mars sounded really cool. A photographer, Faye Dunaway ("The Gene Generation"), suddenly begins to see through the eyes of a killer when she looks through her camera lens. Tommy Lee Jones ("No Country for Old Men") stars as the detective investigating the case. Sadly, the movie didn't live up to the description. Though it's supposed to be very tense, most of the time it isn't. The music is so cheesy, it made me laugh. And even when she's young, Dunaway seems like an old person is trapped inside her face. I did enjoy the photo shoot scenes and some of the killer's POVs were interesting. On a side note, young Tommy Lee Jones looks quite a bit like Josh Hartnett. He's even got the unibrow. Weird.
When two boys become involved in the evil plans of Mr. Dark, a magical carnival owner (Jonathan Pryce), they find themselves in danger and responsible for the survival of their entire town
(I'm starting 2008's "31 Nights of Halloween" with perhaps the most intelligent, most lyrical, most well-crafted film I'll be reviewing all month. Yes, my friends... I predict a steady slide toward horrorible madness from here on in....)

When a magical carnival arrives in an idyllic small town, two boys (Peterson and Carson) are the only ones who can save the adults from falling victim to their unfulfilled desires as turned on them by ringmaster Mr. Dark (Pryce).

Mr Halloway (Jason Robards) senses something unnatural in the air in the
adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes"

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" is one of the few books I've reread every couple of years for at least the last 20 years. It was one of my favorite books as a kid and my love for it has only grown as I've gotten older. Every time I read the book, I find something new to marvel at, and Ray Bradbury's beautiful language never gets old.

You can keep your J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is the only epic literary allegory for what's important in life that I need.

With a script by Ray Bradbury himself, the film adaptation of the novel captures its spirit perfectly, with Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce being the perfect embodiments of the two key adult figures in the book--Robards as the aging father of Will Halloway who must rediscover his youthful optimism if he is to save himself and his son, and Pryce as the sinister tatooed carvival master who is set on destroying everyone in the town with their own dreams--and they manage to deliver Bradbury's poetically crafted dialogue in a way that makes it sound completely natural. The child actors playing life-long friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade (Vidal Peterson and Shawn Carson) who are on the cusp of entering puberty and whose friendship is feeling the strain because of it, have a harder time making the elaborate lines sound natural, but they are above average in the acting talent department so they still pull off their parts nicely.

The cinematography, set design, special effects and music soundtrack also help to bring the sensations felt when reading the novel to vibrant life on the screen. Like the book, this movie invokes alternatively a sense of nostalgia, a sense of magic, a sese of lurking dread, and feelings of stark terror as it unfolds, sometimes moving back and forth between the emotions in a fairly short space. What's more, the film does it without needing to resort to overt sexual content and gory violence. There are a number of intense scenes, but there's nothing here that you can't watch with kids older than ten or eleven. (There might be a nightmare or two on the part of particularly sensitive kids, because the film, like the book, taps directly into childhood fears, but I still think that this lyrical dark fantasy film is an experience a family can and should enjoy together.)

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" is available from If you haven't seen it, you should. And you should watch it with your kids. (On a similar note, if you or your kids haven't read the book, you have missed out on a great piece of dark fantasy literature. Get your copy today by clicking here (or heading down the local library).

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Starring: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Vidal Peterson, Shawn Carson, Royal Dano, Pam Grier and Bruce M. Fischer
Director: Jack Clayton
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