Â In Greentown, Illinois, October is a brisk month punctuated by the arrival of traveling lightening rod sales and carnivals. One by one, assorted townsfolk are granted wishes on the midway of Dark's Pandemonium Carnival; for example, the ugly schoolmarm wants her beauty restored, the dual-amputee barkeep wants his limbs back so he can relive the glory days of short-lived football stardom, and the virginal barber wants to get with some ladies. Preteen pals Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade quickly discover the dark side to this freaky Make-A-Wish-Into-A-Nightmare-Foundation, and find themselves being hunted by the carnival's sinister proprietor Mr. Dark (JONATHAN PRYCE
). Will's over-the-hill father (JASON ROBARDS
) teams up with the boys to bring the calliope crashing to the ground.
- Jim & Will's shared spider nightmare
- PAM GRIER as the saucy soothsayer with the glowing eyes
- The creepy ginger-haired kid who breaks the window with a rock
- The meltdown of merry-go-round time machine
- Mr. Dark's "Have You Seen These Boys?" hand-inked jobs