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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 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
Patrick Brannan ...
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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Storyline

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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There are very good reasons to be afraid of the dark. See more »

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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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The characters of Sheriff Alan Pangborn and Deputy Norris Ridgewick appeared later the same year in Needful Things (1993), played by Ed Harris and Ray McKinnon. Harris is also Amy Madigan's husband in real life. See more »

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When Stark opens his straight razor to threaten Marian in her apartment, the sound effect is that of a switch blade opening. A straight razor opening would make no sound at all. See more »

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Murder Witness: Whats goin on out here?
George Stark: Murder... You want some?
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Are You Lonesome To-night?
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Performed by Elvis Presley
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Underrated King adaptation: pick a number
15 March 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

George Romero didn't translate King's book to the letter when he made this screenplay; perhaps for the better because his version is an equally interesting take.

Starring Timothy Hutton as a famous pulp novelist writing under the name of George Stark, the main character works; Thad Beaumont is clumsy, intelligent and quite the family man. Married to Amy Madigan and a father of twins.

When someone threatens to expose Thad for the pulp writer he is, Beaumont decides to let the world know he is George Stark. Good call you'd think, but George disagrees.

Thad's friends and family become the target of a guy going by the name of "George Stark". Like the characters in the books he has a taste for underground killings and a flair for rock 'n' roll one liners.

As the killings continue, Thad becomes entangled in an investigation directed at him.

This material is at fist glance unknown territory for George Romero, having spend too much time writing dialogue for zombie victims. Sure, Martin and Monkey Shines were proof the man could write a good script, but "the dark half" is as clever in its writing as it is to the point.

Add to that a wonderful score by Christopher Young (you haven't lived until you've heard the main theme, reprized at full glory in the end credits) The American DVD is full screen, the European (UK) has the widescreen, so avoid that US edition.

Dark Half is an inventive thriller that relies very much on the steps of belief (it builds the fiction, which few horror films do).


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