Something Wicked This Way Comes – Disneycember

It’s just a circus…right? Doug takes a look at Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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  1. Now, this looks really good. This is the first time I hear from this movie, but I definitely need to check it out.

  2. Late Nakagawa Ryou

    Jonathan Pryce as Mr. Dark!? Sold!!

  3. I have to admit….seeing this flick on HBO as a kid did turn me on to Bradbury….so, take that for what it’s worth

  4. I definitely agree that Mr Pryce stole the show.

    The movie as a whole was alright, but as a long time Bradbury fan, I much preferred the book. I feel like Jim and Will were a little more fleshed out, and the ability to leave more to imagination allowed for a more unsettling and creepy atmosphere.

    Not to mention, thematically it was very much a coming of age story, dealing with the loss of innocence, maturation, puberty, and even fear of (and acceptance of) one’s own mortality within a single book without feeling rushed or forced, and all using the same thematic device as the catalyst for all these issues for various characters.

    • The book was great, and after watching this movie just after finishing it this film was a bit disappointing. (Actually Cougar and the blind Dust Witch from the book could add to the horror aspect Doug thought the movie was missing.) The cast and imagery were great, though.

  5. Doug, I don’t know how far in advance you make these, but for this Disneycember (also, since you’re a fan of the show), could you do a Disneycember for the DuckTales movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp?

  6. I saw this movie at least two times, and truth be told I actually thought it was scary but in a good way.

  7. From the outward picture, I thought “Is that James Franco?” I’ve NEVER heard about this movie! That’s starting to become a theme of this years’ Disneycember. Also, this plot sounds like a comic book that Linkara reviewed… Coincidence?

  8. So can we get the watcher in the woods next? It’s a creepy disney movie and seeing as how you did this one I would love your opinion for that one.

  9. Man it been Years since I seen this film. the only thing I remember it left feeling creep out when I saw it as a kid but I to be honest looking at your review I think very little stood out in my mind.

  10. Never seen this movie but loved the book and its companion novel The Illustrated Man…have to check this out

  11. This movie scared the shit out of me when I was a kid. I still can’t really watch it today.

  12. I disliked the movie so much as a kid it put me off reading the book. I didn’t end up reading the book till I was 17 and I loved it. In my mind this movie is just a boring failure.

  13. Its a pretty good adaptation. Shame it bombed so hard (1984 was a cruel year for many movies).

  14. Never seen this one. I think I may have only heard of the title. Looks pretty good.

  15. It ‘did’ scare me a lot as a kid, but I scared easily. It was because the atmosphere made me constantly feel something really bad and really scared ‘would’ happen. Nowadays it’s more enjoyable. Like you said, it’s almost like an “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” episode “done right”. Again, it’s a bit of a pity Disney didn’t really pursue more of these during their post-Walt, pre-Eisner era.

  16. I have absolutely no recollection of this movie.

  17. I saw this movie for the first time 3 or 4 years ago and I just remember being so enormously disappointed. There are so many moments in the book that would have been even cheaper than some of the stuff in the film, and would have been so much more effective. The main example in mind being Will’s father versus the Dust Witch. It was such a smartly written scene in the book, with such simple dialogue and clever deception.

    I strongly suggest seeing the movie first just so you don’t hate it because of the book.

  18. Really great review, need to check this one out. Also what is the music used in the video?

  19. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Do you know that disney is totally making a completly unnecessary remake of it.It’s gonna be like the new oz movie.They just want to introduce everything old that isin’t to the new people generation(like me).They should just leave there old stuff alone and work on some new live-action stuff.But then again i can see why they would want to remake it with the old one being a box office bomb but then again i just think i’ll stick with the 80’s original and try to ignore the new remake no matter how intresting it looks.

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