Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 29, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Book-based '80s movie about an evil carnival is scary.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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.

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Shane Burridge

WICKED needs to be viewed as a different kind of film

Janet Maslin
New York Times

A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure.

Rob Vaux

Along with The Watcher in the Woods, it may be Disney's only honest-to-God effort to tell us a horror story.

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Christopher Null

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
In the age of slasher horror and torture porn this tale of a traveling carnival that's trade is misfortune seems light, but still is resonant for it's… More
Luke Baldock
Very dark. Very disturbing. I think Disney was very depressed in the 80's. Something Wicked This Way Comes is a mixed bag of brilliance and boredom. When… More
Tim Salmons
I'm sure Something Wicked This Way Comes would have worked on me had I seen it at the proper age, but unfortunately I didn't. The film isn't… More
Sarah Prisbylla
It starts off creepy and seems like there is a lot of potential, but it kind of just goes downhill from there.
Thomas Johnston
Cute movie in the company of "The Lady in White" and "Stand By Me". Buddies deal with a mysterious carnival that visits town. I was… More
Quinto Wallight
I'm not surprised that this movie managed scare me, since Disney does have an excellent track record of traumatizing the shit out of me - I just wish the… More