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The Dark Half (1993)

A writer's fictional alter ego wants to take over his life...at any price.

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Thad Beaumont / George Stark
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Liz Beaumont
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Reggie Delesseps
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Kent Broadhurst ...
Mike Donaldson
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Shayla Beaumont
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Miriam Cowley
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Rick Cowley
Larry John Meyers ...
Dr. Pritchard
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Young Thad Beaumont
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Digger Holt
Glenn Colerider ...
Homer Gamache
Sarah Parker ...
Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
Elizabeth Parker ...
Wendy Beaumont / William Beaumont
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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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23 April 1993 (USA)  »

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La mitad siniestra  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,579,068 (USA)
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Shot in 1991, not released until 1993. See more »

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The two babies were identical twins even though one was a female and one was a male. Played by identical twin girls. See more »

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Thad Beaumont: They've come to take one of us away, haven't they? Which one?
Reggie Delesseps: The loser, of course. I do hope it's not you, Thaddeus. I'd hate to think of George Stark taking over your lecture group.
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Are You Lonesome To-night?
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A Lesser King Adaptation
21 February 2010 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

There are only a small handful of films based on works by Stephen King that can without a doubt be classified as 'great movies.' They are 'Carrie,' 'The Shining,' 'Misery,' 'Dolores Claiborne,' 'The Dead Zone,' 'Stand By Me' and 'Cujo.' All the others range from 'flawed' to 'awful.' Despite it's decent cast, and respected horror director Romero at the helm, 'The Dark Half' lies more towards the awful end of the spectrum. The filmmakers gave it their best shot but things just didn't work out. It fails as a horror film in terms of suspense, plausibility, and narrative.

When Thad Beaumont (Hutton) was a child, he had an operation to remove a tumor 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 trashy money-makers under the pseudonym 'George Stark.' When blackmailed by someone who has discovered his secret, Thad publicly 'buries' George Stark. From that point on, Thad increasingly becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.

Of all the King adaptations I've seen, this is one of the dullest. The main character is unsympathetic, his alter ego is two dimensional and totally hammy, you don't care about any of the victims (much less even know who they are at some points,) and there is hardly any horror and next to no tension.

However, there is some good production design and cinematography on display here, as well as some striking images. Huge flocks of sparrows gathering as an omen of doom is a haunting sight. But that alone can't save this film, which is just another King adaptation from a period where almost everything he'd write would end up being made into a movie.


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