When two boys (Vidal Peterson and Shawn Carson) 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! Mr. Dark has a devilish ability to grant wishes, which he uses to his advantage. When he realizes that the boys have discovered his secret, he sets about tracking them down, along with the creepy Dust Witch (Pam Grier). This spooky Ray Bradbury story is enhanced by the wonderful cast performances, particularly those of Jonathan Pryce and Pam Grier, who are scary enough to stop anyone from hoping for a wish come true!
Main Cast & Crew:
Jack Clayton - Director
Mary Grace Canfield
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 94
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 786936234206
- Genre: Suspense
- Rating: PG (MPAA)
- Release Date: September 1999
A freak show/carnival arrives in a small Illinois town, lead by the evil Mr. Dark. The town's citizens discover, to their surprise and delight, that Mr. Dark has the ability to grant wishes. However, the price of having a wish fulfilled is high: becoming a permanent member of Mr. Dark's traveling freak show.
The Buena Vista CLV laserdisc version (Cat. #8485AS) includes commentary by author Ray Bradbury on the left analog channel. James Horner's score, in mono and without sound effects, is on the right analog channel. After the first version of the movie was completed, Ray Bradbury insisted that the studio scrap it and add more special effects and new sequences. This explains why the film's child actors get older and then younger throughout the film. "Something Wicked This Way Comes" was originally written for Gene Kelly, who tried to make it into a movie but couldn't find the financing.
"...A lively, entertaining tale combining boyishness and grown-up horror in equal measure..." - 04/29/1983 New York Times, p.C8
"...[The] visually imposing production has been mounted with taste and care....Clayton has done a fine job visualizing the screenplay by Bradbury..." - 05/04/1983 Variety
"...This odd horror-Americana mix about a supernatural traveling carnival has a cult, plus two aptly cast antagonist leads in Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce..." - 10/04/1996 USA Today, p.3D