The Dark Half (1993)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  23 April 1993 (USA)
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A writer's fictional alter-ego wants to take over his any price.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thad Beaumont / George Stark
Liz Beaumont
Reggie Delesseps
Kent Broadhurst ...
Mike Donaldson
Shayla Beaumont
Miriam Cowley
Rick Cowley
Larry John Meyers ...
Dr. Pritchard
Patrick Brannan ...
Young Thad Beaumont
Digger Holt
Glenn Colerider ...
Homer Gamache
Sarah Parker ...
Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
Elizabeth Parker ...
Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont


When Thad Beaumont was a child, he had an operation to remove a tumour from his brain. during the operation, it was discovered that far from being a tumor, the growth was a twin brother of Thad's that never developed. Years later, Thad is a successful author, writing his serious books under his own name, and his pulp money-makers under the pseudonum "George Stark". When blackmailed by someone who has discovered his secret, Thad publically "buries" George Stark. From that point on, Thad increasingly becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Serious writer or serial killer? George is in two minds. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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23 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mitad siniestra  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$9,579,068 (USA)

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All of the shooting locations for the film were around the Pittsburgh, PA area. They were chosen for their close location to director George A. Romero's home in Pittsburgh. See more »


In the scene where Thad is writing in his office with the sparrows on the window, the sharpness of the pencil he uses changes back and forth from very sharp to very dull. This is the scene where Thad stabs himself in the hand. See more »


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just okay
24 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sadly a rather bland version of King's sadly rather bland novel. Romero had apparently been slated to direct Pet Semetary before commitments (Monkey Shines) pulled him off - now that would have been worth watching. This on the other hand is a rather tepid slasher flick punctuated with a few inspired moments (the dream sequences and the whole sparrow things in particular). It's hard to know who is a fault here - certainly Dark Half - despite its intriguing premise - is one of King's weaker novels - but Romero's screenplay is little more than a rather one dimensional collection of deaths. There is some suspense and some good effects but overall a rather dull affair.

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