Movies From the Hat 7 – #26 – Rachel’s Pick – Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

This is my 3971st Review

Thanks to Rachel of  54 Disney Reviews for this recommendation.


“Some folks draw lightning to them as a cat sucks in a baby’s breath. ” – Tom

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a mysterious carnival shows up in town, two young boys are drawn in to the strange powers of the carnival master.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when I was a kid in the 80’s because it featured quite often on cable .

The story itself is extremely interesting but in some ways it feels a bit too tame for this kind of story.

The cast is great and it was enjoyable seeing a young Jonathan Pryce in this but the best performance in this film IMHO is by Jason Robards who is perfect as the main characters elderly father.

This is a great coming of age film and the setting that features a strange and mysterious time and place.

They manage to constantly surprise as things move along.

There are many aspects of this film that reminded me of Stephen King novels most notably  IT (2017) because of the way that the mysterious entity returns every few decades in order to attempt to claim new innocent souls for its demonic purposes.

I liked the way that they do the special effects in this film because they help make this story feel quite believable.

Bottom Line – Very interesting story that feels is presented a bit too tame for such an idea. Great cast with Robards standing out among all of the characters. This is a great coming of age film set in a mysterious time and place and constantly surprises us at how things move along.  In some ways, this film reminded me of several Steven King stories most notably IT (2017) because of the way that it features an entity that returns every few decades to try and claim innocent souls.  The special effects are done really well and help make it feel very realistic. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ray Bradbury first wrote ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ as a screenplay in 1952, after watching Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which Bradbury thought the greatest musical ever made. Bradbury showed Kelly the screenplay, and Kelly was so impressed that he wanted to make it his next picture. When Kelly shopped the story around to potential backers, however, he was unable to raise any money for the project. It was only after this failure that Bradbury rewrote the story as a novel, which was published in 1962. Bradbury dedicated the novel to Kelly.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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2 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #26 – Rachel’s Pick – Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

  1. So glad you enjoyed it. I agree about Jason Robards. His character is really unique with parents usually having to be taught a lesson on how to be a good parent where here he is racked with guilt over the parent he wishes he could be. It’s a movie with great atmosphere and spirit to it


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