Taglines: Don’t whisper your dreams, someone may be listening.
In Green Town, Illinois, the twelve year-old boys Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade are neighbors and best friends. Will’s father Charles Halloway is an old man and the local librarian while Jim and his mother wait for the return of the return of their father and husband that will never occur.
The boys know everyone in town, including their school teacher Miss Foley that misses her beauty and youth; the lonely barber Mr. Crosetti that has no girlfriend or wife; the greedy owner of a cigar store Mr. Tetley that is obsessed with money; and the bartender Ed that has severed arm and leg and dreams on being a football hero.
One day, Jim buys a lightning rod from the salesman Tom Fury that tells that a storm is coming. During the night, the boys overhear a mysterious train and they run through the woods to see the arrival but they do not see a living soul. However, they find the Mr. Dark’s Pandemonium Carnival ready to be enjoyed and they snoop around.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1983 American horror fantasy film directed by Jack Clayton and produced by Walt Disney Productions from a screenplay written by Ray Bradbury, based on his novel of the same name. The novel’s title was taken directly from a line in Act IV of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “By the pricking of my thumbs / Something wicked this way comes.”
The film stars Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, and Pam Grier. It was shot in Vermont and at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The film had a troubled production – Clayton fell out with Bradbury over an uncredited script rewrite, and after test screenings of the director’s cut failed to meet the studio’s expectations, Disney sidelined Clayton, fired the original editor, and scrapped the original score, spending some $5 million and many months re-shooting, re-editing and re-scoring the film, before its eventual release.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Starring: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano, Vidal Peterson, Shawn Carson, Mary Grace Canfield, Pam Grier
Screenplay by: Ray Bradbury
Production Design by: Richard Macdonald
Cinematography by: Stephen H. Burum
Film Editing by: Barry Mark Gordon, Argyle Nelson Jr.
Costume Design by: Ruth Myers
Set Decoration by: Rick Simpson
Art Direction by: Richard Lawrence, John B. Mansbridge, John Marshall
Music by: James Horner
Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution
Release Date: April 29, 1983