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"Something Wicked this Way Comes" is a classic elegant horror film from 1983 that tells the tale of Ray Bradbury's 1962 novel of the same name. It is about two 13-year-old boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, who have a harrowing experience with a nightmarish traveling carnival that comes to their Midwestern town one October. The carnival's leader is the mysterious "Mr. Dark" who bears a tattoo for each person who, lured by the offer to live out his secret fantasies, has become bound in service to the carnival. Mr. Dark's malevolent presence is countered by that of Will's father, Charles Halloway, who harbors his own secret desire to regain his youth.
This Disney adoption of the movie combines fantasy and horror, analyzing the conflicting natures of good and evil, and on how they come into play between the characters and the carnival. The movie opens on a cloudy October 23rd. Two friends, William Halloway and Jim Nightshade, both on the verge of their fourteenth birthdays, encounter a strange lightning rod salesman who claims that a storm is coming their way.
Throughout that same night, Will and Jim meet up with townsfolk who also sense something in the air; the barber says that the air smells of cotton candy. Among the townspeople is Will's 54-year-old father, Charles Halloway (the janitor of the local library, who broods philosophically about his position in life, including on how he misses being young like his son). Both Charles Halloway and the boys learn about the carnival that is to start the next day. Will's father sees a sign in a store window that advertises Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show, and Jim and Will find a similar handbill in the street. The boys are excited that a carnival has come so late in the year, but Charles Halloway has a bad feeling about it.
If you have not seen "Something Wicked This Way Comes", then you are certainly in for a haunting good treat for this October. 5 Spooky Movie Stars from CelticRadio.net: http://www.celtichearts.com/php/images/stars/stars-5-0.gif" align="absmiddle" width="66" height="14">
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