18. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Director: Jack Clayton
Stars: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, and Pam Grier
Something Wicked This Way Comes—with a screenplay written by Ray Bradbury, author of the original novel—is as menacing as it sounds. A traveling circus rolls into town, led by a slow-talking spooky devil in a top hat, with the intention of turning the townsfolk into its minions, and its up to two young boys to shut it down.
Inspired by Bradbury's own childhood encounter with a creepy carnival magician, the film, like the novel, captures and expands on the author's twisted childlike imagination.