This week marked the birthday of visionary science fiction icon Ray Bradbury. He was dubbed the “Poet of the Pulps” in 1953 for his lyrical style, which lent creditability to a genre that often struggled for legitimacy. With over 600 short stories and 27 novels to his credit, Bradbury’s works have always attracted filmmakers and producers looking for descriptive, emotional, and engaging narratives. We’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites, but feel free to share your own picks, below.
Something Wicked this Way Comes
A sinister carnival and a top-hat wearing Jonathan Pryce terrified children everywhere in 1983’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, based on Bradbury’s 1962 novel of the same name. The author considered the Disney retelling one of the finer adaptations of his work. It’s rather chilling and evocative for a movie from the Mouse House, depicting a fall from rosy-cheeked innocence when Pryce’s diabolical magician reveals the dark secrets of a small town.