Something Wicked This Way Comes
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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)… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Possibilities for a dark, child's view fantasy set in rural America of yore are visible throughout the $20 million production but various elements have not entirely congealed into a unified achievement."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The property was snapped up by Disney, which promptly sucked the life out of it, turning it into a scrubbed and innocuous coming-of-age tale. Too bad."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bradbury's tale connects fear and dread to concupiscent desire and disordered regret — fantasies of wealth or women, preoccupation with lost beauty or physical ability."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Moments of genuine creepiness"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The plot concerns a mysterious carnival outside a small town in the early 1900s that grants the wishes of the town's citizens, with dark consequences."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Even amidst readily apparent imperfections, "Wicked" still holds a melancholy grip. That's because its supernatural elements are really but a grace note to the symphony of its everyday drama, whose elegant, elegiac qualities have diminished little."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"WICKED needs to be viewed as a different kind of film"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"A film that does not seem to know whether it wants to be genuinely frightening or a fantasy fable."
‑ , Film4
"Elicits a brand of fright that can only be experienced in childhood nightmares. It's the ultimate adult rendition of a child's worst fears."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"Ultimately, though, it's an uneasy blend of horror and whimsy, with the allegory being hammered a little too hard for comfort. It's also marred by some dreadfully tacky special effects and set designs."
‑ , Time Out
"Along with The Watcher in the Woods, it may be Disney's only honest-to-God effort to tell us a horror story."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"Try as I might to get into this movie, based on the classic Ray Bradbury tale, I've found myself blocked by its off-putting ways."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Two or three chilling scenes make up for the periodic patches of dead air."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A scary movie that keeps things within relatively safe bounds for the eight to ten-year-old set."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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