Mr. Dark and His Pandemonium Carnival

Something Wicked This Way Comes DVD coverIt is a gusty October day when the lightning rod salesman comes to town, warning of a coming storm.  Soon an autumn carnival arrives, under the leadership of the intimidating Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce).  The sleepy town is ripe for excitement, and Will Halliday and Jim Nightshade investigate by night.  When citizens start disappearing, Will’s father (Jason Robards) realizes that the boys have stumbled into a frightful discovery.  Not your typical Disney fare, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) is the disturbing tale of an eerie carnival and its strange attractions by way of “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”.  Ray Bradbury originally wrote the screenplay for Gene Kelly and later reworked it as a novel.  Though the studio made significant changes, including the addition of a James Horner score, the creepiness is still intact.