Movie Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes

I’ve seen the 1983 version of Something Wicked This Way Comes more than once–who hasn’t–but not for a number of years. I came across it while searching for movies at the library and decided to take some time to watch it again. Here’s what the movie is about:

“After a carnival comes to Green Town, the good citizens are compelled to follow their deepest desires, caught under the spell of the malevolent Dr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) who can grant those desires on one condition: that the grantees will forever join his freak show. Dr. Dark is after two young boys from the town in particular, while others in the town would certainly be easy marks. The sour-faced, older schoolteacher (Mary Grace Canfield) wants to be a seductive young woman, Ed the bartender (James Stacy) would like to regain his lost left arm and leg, and the librarian (Jason Robards) worries about a wasted life spent only in books. As Dr. Dark works his own brand of voodoo, the citizens and the two boys — as well as the whole carnival itself — approach a final reckoning. Something Wicked This Way Comes was based on a Ray Bradbury novel. Eleanor Mannikka” –Barnes & Noble website

I enjoy this movie every time I watch it. This is a great family movie to watch with the kids around Halloween. With both the screenplay and novel written by Ray Bradbury, it’s exceptional. This is also a Disney movie, so of course the special effects have held up over the years.

A little bit of trivia…Ray Bradbury first wrote Something Wicked This Way Comes as a screenplay in 1952. He had just watched Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain. Because Bradbury thought the movie was greatest musical ever made, he was motivated to show Kelly the screenplay. Kelly was so impressed, he wanted to make it his next picture, but they couldn’t find a backers. This is what motivated Bradbury to turn the screenplay into a novel, which he dedicated to Kelly.

This is a movie you’ll want for your collection.

RATING: 5 out of 5

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