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, Rovi
This is one of my favorite Disney movies. It is lively and interesting with some excellent acting by the lead roles. It is also a little spooky, though still fine for kids. It may not have many special effects but it has a way of keeping you intrigued. This is a great movie for parents and kids alike!
This is one of the of the Ray Bradbury (sp?) classic stories adapted to film, and done very well. It's a great kid friendly horror movie, targeted at the pree-teen audience. These things it does well, even if the effects are a bit hoeky by todays standards.
I found this slow and dull. The general plot was what drew us in, but it moved so slowly, and it was, in my opinion, cheesy. Perhaps it's due to the age of the movie, but I was very disappointed and started doing housework half-way through while the kids finished it. They were not impressed either. I'll never watch this one again.