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Picture a circus filled with creepy fortunetellers, spooky rides and a mysterious maze of mirrors. This is what the town of Greentown, Illinois has to look forward to as their annual circus comes to town in the movie Something Wicked this Way Comes.
The town is boring and uneventful until a mysterious man, Mr. Dark, a deceiving soul, arrives and brings an interesting carnival seemingly full of surprises that turns its citizen’s biggest wishes into their worst nightmares and becomes more of a problem when local townspeople go missing. Two young boys, Charles Holloway (Vidal Peterson) and Jim Nightshade (Shawn Carson) of the town set out on mission to find out the mystery behind this strange circus.
The boys soon learn after their fellow neighbors go through this mysterious maze of mirrors that they become dazed, and a terrible fate awaits them. Nightshade and Halloway then feel they need the help of the town’s librarian (Jason Robards) who is also the father of Halloway and he may more than the boys intended.
The movie focuses on what happens when a person takes their dark desires and tries to turn them into reality, which is a cliché topic, but Ray Bradbury, the author of this and the author of another famous novel Fahrenheit 451, made his movie unique using a circus and creatures of the underworld to teach the citizens of Greentown that having what you want is not always what you need.
Something Wicked This Way Comes came out in 1983 and was directed by Jack Clayton, who is also known for producing The Innocents in 1961 and Room at the Top in 1959.
Clayton did a good job at not giving any hints as to what would happen next, which kept it’s viewers on a rollercoaster full of twists, turns and suspense.
This movie leaves viewers with an overall question: What is one willing to do to have desires come true?