Something Wicked This Way Comes

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983 Movie)

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a fantasy-horror film released in 1983. It was directed by Jack Clayton and based on the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury. The film is produced by Walt Disney Pictures and features a mix of dark themes and atmospheric storytelling, making it a unique entry in Disney’s filmography.

The story revolves around two young boys, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, who live in a small town named Green Town. Their lives are forever changed when a mysterious and malevolent carnival called “Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show” arrives in town during autumn. The carnival is led by the enigmatic Mr. Dark, who has the ability to grant people’s deepest desires at a terrible cost.

As the carnival’s sinister nature becomes apparent, Will and Jim find themselves drawn into a nightmarish adventure to confront the evil forces behind the carnival. With the help of Will’s father, Charles Halloway, a middle-aged library janitor, the boys must unravel the dark secrets of the carnival and stop Mr. Dark before it’s too late.

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” explores themes of good versus evil, the power of temptation, and the coming-of-age journey of its young protagonists. The film blends elements of fantasy, horror, and drama, and despite its darker tone, it maintains a sense of wonder and imagination characteristic of Disney films.

The film received mixed reviews upon its release, with some praising its atmospheric storytelling and performances while others found fault with its pacing and deviation from the source material. Over time, however, it has gained a cult following and is appreciated for its unique and haunting atmosphere.

While “Something Wicked This Way Comes” was not a commercial success, it has become a cult classic over the years, finding its place among other dark fantasy films. Its haunting visuals and eerie atmosphere have made it a memorable and enduring entry in Disney’s filmography.

Overall, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a dark and captivating fantasy-horror film that showcases Disney’s willingness to explore more mature and challenging themes. It remains a favorite among fans of atmospheric and thought-provoking cinema, showcasing the blending of imagination and darkness that makes it stand out in Disney’s repertoire.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $8.4 million
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  • Jason Robards: Charles Halloway
  • Jonathan Pryce: Mr. Dark
  • Diane Ladd: Mrs. Nightshade
  • Royal Dano: Tom Fury
  • Vidal Peterson: Will Halloway
  • Shawn Carson: Jim Nightshade
  • Mary Grace Canfield: Miss Foley
  • Richard Davalos: Mr. Crosetti
  • Jack Dodson: Dr. Douglas
  • Bruce M. Fischer: Mr. Cooger
  • Pam Grier: the Dust Witch
  • Jack Dengel: Mr. Tetley
  • Ellen Geer: Mrs. Halloway
  • James Stacy: Ed, the Bartender
  • Tony Christopher: Young Ed
  • Angelo Rossitto: Little Person #1
  • Sharan Lea: Young Miss Foley


  • Director: Jack Clayton
  • Producers: Peter Douglas
  • Music: James Horner

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