New Movies: Walking Nightmare

"Don't ever call them tattoos," warns an ex-carny roustabout (Rod Steiger) whose entire body is covered with pictures. "They're skin illustrations." The work of a sibyl (Claire Bloom) from some far distant future, the illustrations are animated auguries of tragic destiny.

Steiger is talking to a young hobo (Robert Drivas), and before the boy's astonished eyes, the skin pictures come alive and involve him in stories of the world's future and his own death.

The stories are adapted from a novel by Ray Bradbury, a sci-fi writer whose eerie fantasies are sometimes ill served by his earthbound prose. In them he predicts...

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